By Simon Garfield.
Tom Baker reads the extraordinary story of William Perkin, the accidental discoverer of aniline dyes, who revolutionised the fashion trade and incidentally invented industrial chemistry.
Abridged in five parts by Chris Wallis.
|02||The Black Sludge||20001114|
William Perkin's search for artificial quinine yields unpromising results.
|03||The Mauve Measles||20001115|
Perkin's mauve is all the rage, even in the highest society.
With mauve in decline, the new dye industry is desperate for a successor.
His legacy touches us all, but what of Perkin?