Mauve

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.

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01Architecture's Loss20001113

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.

01Architecture's Loss20001113

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.

02The Black Sludge20001114

William Perkin's search for artificial quinine yields unpromising results.

02The Black Sludge20001114

William Perkin's search for artificial quinine yields unpromising results.

03The Mauve Measles20001115

Perkin's mauve is all the rage, even in the highest society.

03The Mauve Measles20001115

Perkin's mauve is all the rage, even in the highest society.

04Madder20001116

With mauve in decline, the new dye industry is desperate for a successor.

04Madder20001116

With mauve in decline, the new dye industry is desperate for a successor.

05 LASTFigerprints20001117

His legacy touches us all, but what of Perkin?

05 LASTFigerprints20001117

His legacy touches us all, but what of Perkin?