Missions Improbable

Episodes

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Four talks in which Martin Wainwright reflects on historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession. Today: John 'Pudding' Wroe, the 18th-Century Yorkshire prophet who tried unsuccessfully to part the waters of Bradford's River Aire. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920308]

Four talks in which Martin Wainwright reflects on historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession. Today: John 'Pudding' Wroe, the 18th-Century Yorkshire prophet who tried unsuccessfully to part the waters of Bradford's River Aire. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920308]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: River Aire.

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920308]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: River Aire.

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920315]

Martin Wainwright reflects on four historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession. This week: Charles Wilson Peale , inventor extraordinaire. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920315]

Martin Wainwright reflects on four historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession. This week: Charles Wilson Peale , inventor extraordinaire. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920315]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Charles Wilson Peale

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920315]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Charles Wilson Peale

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920322]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by an enthusiasm verging on obsession.

This week: Colonel Jasper Maskelyne , a magician who joined the Army's Camouflage Unit during World War II, and attempted amazing conjuring tricks in the Western Desert.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920322]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by an enthusiasm verging on obsession.

This week: Colonel Jasper Maskelyne , a magician who joined the Army's Camouflage Unit during World War II, and attempted amazing conjuring tricks in the Western Desert.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920322]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Colonel Jasper Maskelyne

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920322]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Colonel Jasper Maskelyne

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920329]

The last of the series in which Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

Today: Captain Matthew Webb , the first cross-channel swimmer, who also pursued such bizarre "firsts" as floating in a London aquarium for 60 hours, while paying visitors queued to watch. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920329]

The last of the series in which Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

Today: Captain Matthew Webb , the first cross-channel swimmer, who also pursued such bizarre "firsts" as floating in a London aquarium for 60 hours, while paying visitors queued to watch. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920329]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Captain Matthew Webb

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920329]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Captain Matthew Webb

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920819]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

This week: John "Pudding" Wroe, the 18th-century Yorkshire prophet who tried to part the waters of Bradford's river Aire - unsuccessfully.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920819]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

This week: John "Pudding" Wroe, the 18th-century Yorkshire prophet who tried to part the waters of Bradford's river Aire - unsuccessfully.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920819]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920819]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920826]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

This week: Charles Wilson

Peale, inventor extraordinaire, who experimented with false teeth and tried his hand at taxidermy by preserving Benjamin Franklin 's cat. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920826]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

This week: Charles Wilson

Peale, inventor extraordinaire, who experimented with false teeth and tried his hand at taxidermy by preserving Benjamin Franklin 's cat. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920826]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Charles Wilson

Unknown: Benjamin Franklin

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920826]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Charles Wilson

Unknown: Benjamin Franklin

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920902]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

This week: Colonel Jasper Maskelyne , a magician who joined the Army's Camouflage Unit during the Second World War and attempted amazing conjuring tricks in the Western Desert.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920902]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

This week: Colonel Jasper Maskelyne , a magician who joined the Army's Camouflage Unit during the Second World War and attempted amazing conjuring tricks in the Western Desert.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920902]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920902]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

In the last programme of the series: Captain

Matthew Webb , best known for being the first cross-Channel swimmer, but who also pursued such bizarre "firsts" as floating in the London Aquarium for 60 hours while paying visitors queued to watch. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]

Martin Wainwright reflects on a group of historical characters united by enthusiasm verging on obsession.

In the last programme of the series: Captain

Matthew Webb , best known for being the first cross-Channel swimmer, but who also pursued such bizarre "firsts" as floating in the London Aquarium for 60 hours while paying visitors queued to watch. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Matthew Webb

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Matthew Webb

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940507]

Martin Wainwright celebrates four individuals driven to carry out curious tasks by their imaginative but somewhat unbalanced minds.

1: The Sunderland Troglodyte. Peter Allen spent 21 years tunnelling through cliffs on the North East coast and living in his vast network of underground houses. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940507]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Peter Allen

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940514]

Martin Wainwright celebrates individuals driven to carry out curious tasks.

2: The Croquet King. Walter Jones Whitmore spent his life dabbling in many failed ventures - until he invented croquet. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940514]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Walter Jones

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940521]

3: The Flying Yorkshireman. Martin Wainwright celebrates Sir George Cayley who pioneered aerial flight 50 years before the Wright Brothers.... or so it's believed. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940521]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Sir George Cayley

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940528]

Martin Wainwright concludes his celebration of individuals driven to carry out curious tasks.

The Wild Irish Girl. Lady Sydney Morgan , a popular romantic author with a pronounced squint, was a target for the Secret Services. Prod ucer Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940528]

Unknown: Martin Wainwright

Unknown: Lady Sydney Morgan

Unknown: Wendy Pilmer