Punt Pi

Super sleuth Steve Punt turns super sleuth, taking possession of the keys to Radio 4's very own detective bureau, bringing mystery and intrigue back to Saturday mornings.Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile.

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20130713 (BBC7)

He explores the case of a couple who found 400 false legs hidden under their floorboards.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile. He explores the case of a couple who found 400 false legs hidden under their floorboards.

He explores the case of a couple who found 400 false legs hidden under their floorboards.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile.

1/3. He explores the case of a couple who found 400 false legs hidden under their floorboards.

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20130720 (BBC7)

He explores the case of the missing steam trains supposedly hidden away ready to keep the country running in case of nuclear war.

Steve tracks down former railwaymen, combs through declassified government documents and even visits the secret government bunker where it has been claimed the so-called Strategic Steam Reserve was kept.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile.

He explores the case of the missing steam trains supposedly hidden away ready to keep the country running in case of nuclear war. Steve tracks down former railwaymen, combs through declassified government documents and even visits the secret government bunker where it has been claimed the so-called Strategic Steam Reserve was kept.

2/3. He explores the case of the missing steam trains supposedly hidden away ready to keep the country running in case of nuclear war. Steve tracks down former railwaymen, combs through declassified government documents and even visits the secret government bunker where it has been claimed the so-called Strategic Steam Reserve was kept.

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20130727 (BBC7)

He explores the area around Dark Peak in the Peak District, which can claim to be Britain's own Bermuda Triangle.

Over 50 aircraft crashed there in a space of 30 years.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile.

He explores the area around Dark Peak in the Peak District, which can claim to be Britain's own Bermuda Triangle. Over 50 aircraft crashed there in a space of 30 years.

3/3. He explores the area around Dark Peak in the Peak District, which can claim to be Britain's own Bermuda Triangle. Over 50 aircraft crashed there in a space of 30 years.

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Steve examines persistent rumours that Hitler was intending to set up his command headquarters in the most unlikely of places - the south London suburb of Balham.

For years, the corridors of the large residential block Du Cane Court have echoed to whispered claims of dubious links.

At first glance, it all seems to stack up - not only was the building spared bombing by the Luftwaffe, but many say it was a hotbed of German spies who were busily laying the groundwork for Hitler's triumphant arrival.

But the picture soon becomes confused as Steve discovers that Balham is not alone in claiming a Nazi pedigree.

Steve speaks to Balham locals, including Radio 4 favourite Arthur Smith, and tracks down experts.

He explores the reality behind the Nazis' spy operation and their plans for invasion, gaining privileged access to the original documentation detailing the Third Reich's designs on Britain.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile.

For years, the corridors of the large residential block Du Cane Court have echoed to whispered claims of dubious links. At first glance, it all seems to stack up - not only was the building spared bombing by the Luftwaffe, but many say it was a hotbed of German spies who were busily laying the groundwork for Hitler's triumphant arrival. But the picture soon becomes confused as Steve discovers that Balham is not alone in claiming a Nazi pedigree.

Steve speaks to Balham locals, including Radio 4 favourite Arthur Smith, and tracks down experts. He explores the reality behind the Nazis' spy operation and their plans for invasion, gaining privileged access to the original documentation detailing the Third Reich's designs on Britain.

Steve examines rumours that Hitler was intending to set up his command HQ in Balham.

02022009061320100803

Steve goes on the trail of TV detector vans, investigating rumours that the vehicles are little more than a myth.

Some people are utterly convinced that the vans are empty and that it is simply not possible to detect a television set.

Faced with a wall of official silence, Steve travels hundreds of miles to track down one of the vehicles for himself.

He searches out those who were once involved in the TV licensing business and wades through the post office archives to get the lowdown on the history of this very British phenomenon.

And he turns to the scientific boffins to establish once and for all whether the technology really does exist, mounting a controlled experiment to find out if it is possible to see into the living rooms of TV licence evaders.

But just when Steve thinks that the case is closed, a witness comes forward who throws the entire investigation into confusion.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile.

Steve goes on the trail of TV detector vans, investigating rumours that the vehicles are little more than a myth. Some people are utterly convinced that the vans are empty and that it is simply not possible to detect a television set.

Faced with a wall of official silence, Steve travels hundreds of miles to track down one of the vehicles for himself. He searches out those who were once involved in the TV licensing business and wades through the post office archives to get the lowdown on the history of this very British phenomenon.

Steve goes on the trail of TV detector vans.

0203 LAST2009062020100804

Steve turns the spotlight on mind control.

Thanks to works of fiction, the idea that government agencies have the ability to brianwash people to commit dastardly acts has firmly lodged itself in the public imagination.

Punt is assigned to sort fact from fiction, entering a murky work of government intelligence, military secrecy and wild speculation.

From hypnosis to narcotics and now microwave technology, Punt calls in expert witnesses to ascertain whether it really is possible to get people to act against their free will.

Can our wily PI track down the real Manchurian Candidate?

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile.

Steve turns the spotlight on mind control. Thanks to works of fiction, the idea that government agencies have the ability to brianwash people to commit dastardly acts has firmly lodged itself in the public imagination.

Punt is assigned to sort fact from fiction, entering a murky work of government intelligence, military secrecy and wild speculation. From hypnosis to narcotics and now microwave technology, Punt calls in expert witnesses to ascertain whether it really is possible to get people to act against their free will. Can our wily PI track down the real Manchurian Candidate?

Steve Punt goes in search of the real Manchurian Candidate.

030120100918

Steve Punt turns super sleuth, once again taking possession of the keys to Radio 4's very own detective bureau, bringing mystery and intrigue back to Saturday mornings.

In the first programme, Punt looks into the phantom settlement of Argleton. Search the web for this quintessentially English placename and internet maps show that it lies just outside the town of Ormskirk in Lancashire. But when our super sleuth travels to locate it on the ground, all he finds is an empty field. It turns out that Argleton doesn't actually exist.

Punt sets out to crack the mystery of how a non-existent place can appear in online maps. From the Domesday Book to Google Headquarters, Punt's quest takes him through a thousand years of history and into the murky world of plagiarism. He questions all the key players - and as he zeroes in on the truth discovers that in the cartographic realm nothing is quite as it seems.

Also in this series, Punt travels to the Polish-Czech border to investigate one man's theory that the Nazis had developed flying saucer technology. And he scrutinises a wax cylinder which is reputed to carry the only recording of Queen Victoria's voice.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Steve Punt examines the curious case of Argleton, a place only existing on internet maps.

In the first programme, Punt looks into the phantom settlement of Argleton.

Search the web for this quintessentially English placename and internet maps show that it lies just outside the town of Ormskirk in Lancashire.

But when our super sleuth travels to locate it on the ground, all he finds is an empty field.

It turns out that Argleton doesn't actually exist.

Punt sets out to crack the mystery of how a non-existent place can appear in online maps.

From the Domesday Book to Google Headquarters, Punt's quest takes him through a thousand years of history and into the murky world of plagiarism.

He questions all the key players - and as he zeroes in on the truth discovers that in the cartographic realm nothing is quite as it seems.

Also in this series, Punt travels to the Polish-Czech border to investigate one man's theory that the Nazis had developed flying saucer technology.

And he scrutinises a wax cylinder which is reputed to carry the only recording of Queen Victoria's voice.

030220100925

Steve Punt turns super sleuth, investigating a range of curious cases.

Today, Punt probes the curious claim that the Nazis developed flying saucers. This initially bizarre theory starts to carry a ring of truth as our gumshoe delves deeper into the evidence. Punt assesses sightings of strange lights in wartime skies - so-called foo fighters - and pores through CIA dossiers and old newspaper cuttings in search of the facts.

Following the paper trail across Europe, Punt is led to Poland and to a mysterious site dubbed The Henge where his contact, Igor, promises to spill the beans on top secret Nazi research apparently conducted there.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Did the Nazis develop flying saucer technology?

Today, Punt probes the curious claim that the Nazis developed flying saucers.

This initially bizarre theory starts to carry a ring of truth as our gumshoe delves deeper into the evidence.

Punt assesses sightings of strange lights in wartime skies - so-called foo fighters - and pores through CIA dossiers and old newspaper cuttings in search of the facts.

03032010100220141009 (R4)

Steve Punt turns super sleuth and goes in search of a most unusual royal relic: Queen Victoria's voice. He embarks on a journey to the dawn of recorded sound as he tracks down a wax cylinder which may contain the voice, the only suspected recording of Victoria in existence. Via sound archives, strong rooms, forensic audiologists, royal voice coaches, the Queen's apartments and Palace letters he pieces together the story of the lost recording of Queen Victoria and tries to get to the bottom of any message she left for her subjects.

Steve Punt goes in search of a recording of Queen Victoria's voice.

Steve Punt turns super sleuth and goes in search of a most unusual royal relic: Queen Victoria's voice.

He embarks on a journey to the dawn of recorded sound as he tracks down a wax cylinder which may contain the voice, the only suspected recording of Victoria in existence.

Via sound archives, strong rooms, forensic audiologists, royal voice coaches, the Queen's apartments and Palace letters he pieces together the story of the lost recording of Queen Victoria and tries to get to the bottom of any message she left for her subjects.

0304 LAST20101009

Steve Punt turns private eye, investigating the supposed curse of the Crying Boy paintings. The pictures became a tabloid sensation in the 1980s when in a spate of house fires the portraits were often the only items to survive unscathed.

25 years after the story hit the headlines, Punt attempts to get to the bottom of why the paintings didn't perish. Radio 4's dogged detective tracks down one of the mysterious portraits and speaks to former owners, an occultist and fire investigator as well as former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie who broke the story nationwide. Finally, Punt sets fire to the the portrait he's acquired - can he make it catch light?

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Steve Punt turns gumshoe, investigating the supposed curse of the Crying Boy paintings.

Steve Punt turns private eye, investigating the supposed curse of the Crying Boy paintings.

The pictures became a tabloid sensation in the 1980s when in a spate of house fires the portraits were often the only items to survive unscathed.

25 years after the story hit the headlines, Punt attempts to get to the bottom of why the paintings didn't perish.

Radio 4's dogged detective tracks down one of the mysterious portraits and speaks to former owners, an occultist and fire investigator as well as former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie who broke the story nationwide.

Finally, Punt sets fire to the the portrait he's acquired - can he make it catch light?

04012011090320141007 (R4)

Steve Punt returns for a fourth series as Radio 4's very own gumshoe, re-opening a case of murder by poisoned partridge in 1931.

Steve embarks on a historical whodunnit, examining the bizarre death in Deepcut, Surrey of an army lieutenant, Hubert Chevis, who died after eating a partridge laced with strychnine. 80 years on, the Chevis case remains unsolved and nobody was ever been charged with his murder.

To add to the mystery, Chevis' father received a sinister telegram which read "Hooray, hooray, hooray" and a follow-up postcard from the same unknown sender which stated "it is a mystery they will never solve".

Steve marshals the facts, reopens the coroner's file and locates a relative with important evidence to share. Was it the wife, her ex-husband, the batman or the cook?

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Steve Punt turns gumshoe, investigating a case of murder by poisoned partridge in 1931.

Steve embarks on a historical whodunit, examining the bizarre death in Deepcut, Surrey of an army lieutenant, Hubert Chevis, who died after eating a partridge laced with strychnine. 80 years on, the Chevis case remains unsolved and nobody was ever been charged with his murder.

To add to the mystery, Chevis' father received a sinister telegram which read "Hooray, hooray, hooray" and a follow-up postcard from the same unknown sender which stated "it is a mystery they will never solve".

Steve embarks on a historical whodunnit, examining the bizarre death in Deepcut, Surrey of an army lieutenant, Hubert Chevis, who died after eating a partridge laced with strychnine.

80 years on, the Chevis case remains unsolved and nobody was ever been charged with his murder.

Steve marshals the facts, reopens the coroner's file and locates a relative with important evidence to share.

Was it the wife, her ex-husband, the batman or the cook?

040220110910

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile. This week our detective

has to find out whether the British inventor of a 'Death Ray' was really trying to sell it to the Nazis. His leads take him via the valleys of South Wales, Croydon Airport, the River Severn and records offices piecing together the story of Harry Grindell Matthews.

Matthews, maverick scientist and showman, earned many friends and was celebrated as he came up with his remarkable inventions which included mobile phones, talking pictures, remote control craft and 'night writing'. But upon the creation of his 'death ray', designed to shoot down enemy aircraft in the 1920's, he stirred controversy, fell foul of the establishment and became a recluse. As an arms and technology race developed between the wars what was to happen to Matthews and his infamous death ray?

Producer: Neil McCarthy.

Steve heads to the valleys of South Wales to find the inventor of a 'death ray'.

This week our detective

has to find out whether the British inventor of a 'Death Ray' was really trying to sell it to the Nazis.

His leads take him via the valleys of South Wales, Croydon Airport, the River Severn and records offices piecing together the story of Harry Grindell Matthews.

Matthews, maverick scientist and showman, earned many friends and was celebrated as he came up with his remarkable inventions which included mobile phones, talking pictures, remote control craft and 'night writing'.

But upon the creation of his 'death ray', designed to shoot down enemy aircraft in the 1920's, he stirred controversy, fell foul of the establishment and became a recluse.

As an arms and technology race developed between the wars what was to happen to Matthews and his infamous death ray?

040320110917

Steve Punt turns gumshoe, investigating the mysterious disappearance of a silent film about Prime Minister David Lloyd George just after the First World War.

The Life Story of David Lloyd George was the first ever biopic of a living Prime Minister. A lavishly filmed silent movie, it charted the rise of the wartime leader from the Welsh Valleys. Just after the close of the Great War - as the film was destined for the big screen - lawyers paid £20,000 to cancel the movie's release. To this day, nobody knows why.

Steve examines the evidence and asks whether it's a case of political shenanigans or personal peccadilloes. Among those called in for questioning are biographer of Lloyd George, Lord Hattersley, and Ffion Hague, who's studied the war leader's affair with Frances Stevenson.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Steve Punt probes the mysterious disappearance of a film about Lloyd George after WWI.

The Life Story of David Lloyd George was the first ever biopic of a living Prime Minister.

A lavishly filmed silent movie, it charted the rise of the wartime leader from the Welsh Valleys.

Just after the close of the Great War - as the film was destined for the big screen - lawyers paid £20,000 to cancel the movie's release.

To this day, nobody knows why.

Steve examines the evidence and asks whether it's a case of political shenanigans or personal peccadilloes.

Among those called in for questioning are biographer of Lloyd George, Lord Hattersley, and Ffion Hague, who's studied the war leader's affair with Frances Stevenson.

0404 LAST2011092420111231

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile. This week he turns the clock back two thousand years and goes in search of the most epic battle to have taken place on British soil. The Battle of Watling Street, when the ancient Britons (led by Queen Boudicca) clashed with the Romans (led by Suetonius) resulted in a crushing defeat for the native peoples. According to the chronicler of the day, Tacitus, 80,000 Britons were killed. Watling Street is an old Roman road, now known as the A5. But the exact site of the battle is still hotly contested. Our intrepid detective gathers evidence on the main contenders and then, via psychics, soldiers, farmers and fields, he homes in on the real site of the Battle of Watling Street.

Producer: Neil McCarthy.

Steve searches for the site of the epic Battle of Watling Street.

Steve Punt turns detective and searches for the true site of the Battle of Watling Street where tens of thousands of ancient Britons were massacred by the occupying Roman army but the exact location is unknown. Setting off in a hire car shaped chariot, Punt travels up Watling Street, now known as the A5, which runs all the way from London to Holyhead. Applying his guile and unwavering intuition, he visits three separate sites in the Midlands to examine the evidence. In what becomes an unexpected odyssey, he enlists the help of a pagan psychic, a spiritualist and a military agent to determine where Britain's most epic battle took place.

Steve Punt searches for the site of the epic Battle of Watling Street.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile.

This week he turns the clock back two thousand years and goes in search of the most epic battle to have taken place on British soil.

The Battle of Watling Street, when the ancient Britons (led by Queen Boudicca) clashed with the Romans (led by Suetonius) resulted in a crushing defeat for the native peoples.

According to the chronicler of the day, Tacitus, 80,000 Britons were killed.

Watling Street is an old Roman road, now known as the A5.

But the exact site of the battle is still hotly contested.

Our intrepid detective gathers evidence on the main contenders and then, via psychics, soldiers, farmers and fields, he homes in on the real site of the Battle of Watling Street.

0501A Very Strange Stash20120908

Steve Punt turns private investigator, with a brand new series of weird cases.

1. A Very Strange Stash. Punt is called on to investigate a dead pensioner's secret stash of arms.

When 74 year old Kris Ruddjers died in 2010, he left behind a very bizarre legacy. The retired nurse anaesthetist had placed 13 trunks in storage supposedly containing household effects. But when the owners of the removals firm prised them open they discovered handguns, surveillance equipment and bomb making materials.

Ruddjers seemed to all intents and purposes just your average pensioner - but what was the reason behind his strange stash? For starters, Ruddjers was an alias... Punt embarks on a quest to find out more about an intriguing senior citizen.

Also in this series: the mysteries of the 1928 Charfield Rail Crash and the lost American colony of Roanoke.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Steve Punt is called on to investigate a dead pensioner's secret stash of arms.

0502The Woman In Black20120915

Steve Punt turns private investigator, investigating bizarre rumours surrounding the 1928 Charfield rail crash.

2. The Woman in Black. For 25 years following the 1928 Charfield rail crash in Gloucestershire, a woman in black laid flowers at the memorial to the accident. Arriving in a chauffeur driven car, she never revealed her identity but locals have assumed she was in some way related to two young unknown victims of the accident.

The means of this rich woman's arrival has led to feverish speculation - most notably that the was a member of royalty and the children were illegitimate offspring. Add to that questions over the cause of the crash and you have a field day for conspiracy theorists.

Punt sets to work sorting fact from fiction, calling in the experts and cross-examining locals. He gets to grips to with the cause of the crash and gets tantalisingly close to the the possible identity of the woman in black and the two unknown victims.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

For 25 years following the 1928 Charfield rail crash in Gloucestershire, a woman in black laid flowers at the memorial to the accident. Arriving in a chauffeur driven car, she never revealed her identity but locals have assumed she was in some way related to two young unknown victims of the accident.

0503 LASTThe Lost Colonists20120922

Steve Punt turns private investigator, with the last part of a new series of weird cases.

The Lost Colonists. Punt is called on to examine a map which may hold clues to the mystery of the first English colonists to America who disappeared without trace.

In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh assembled a group of 118 men women and children to establish a settlement in modern day North Carolina. One of them, John White, shortly came back to England for supplies and when he returned to the island of Roanoke where he'd left them, they had completely vanished. A mysterious sign on a tree offered a clue to their whereabouts but they were never found. John White was also the map draughtsman for the expedition and an intriguing patch has recently been discovered on the map close to Roanoke. Could they be under the patch? Or could this be a very Elizabethan cover-up? Punt sheds gabardine and dons ruff and codpiece to get to the bottom of this 400 year old missing persons case.

Punt is called on to examine a map which may hold clues to the mystery of the first English colonists to America who disappeared without trace.

0601The Case Of The Vanishing Machine Gun Maker2013081720141010 (R4)

Another perplexing case for our best loved, though slightly unusual PI, Steve Punt.

His methods may be unconventional but this time Steve is hot on the trail of two gun makers, William Cantelo and Hirum Maxim, and the story begins in Southampton.

Late in the 19th century strange noises could be heard from a cellar beneath a pub near the Southampton docks. It was rumoured that gun maker William Cantelo was inventing a rapid firing gun, capable of destroying the enemy and certain to make its inventor very rich.

Eventually William Cantelo emerged from his cellar with the news that his invention was complete and that he was going to take a much needed holiday, which he did, taking his new invention with him. But that was the last his family saw of him, "he simply vanished into the void."

Eventually his two sons began a search to find out what had happened to their father. When they saw a picture of the American inventor Hirum Maxim in a national paper with his new invention, a rapid firing machine gun, they were shocked; he was the spitting image of their own father William Cantelo. The sons both tried in vain to talk to Maxim, on one occasion at Victoria station as Maxim was catching a train, but to no avail. They were convinced that this Maxim was their father and that gun was the same gun that Cantelo had invented but they were never able to prove it.

Maxim died a very rich man having made millions from the invention which slaughtered millions in the Great War. Cantelo's last movements were traced to America, how and where he died is a mystery.

Clearly this story throws up more questions than answers: What happened to William Cantelo? Was Cantelo impersonating Maxim, if so why? Did Maxim steal Cantelo's invention and pay Cantelo to go away? Did one man murder the other, if so who murdered who?

Producer Neil George.

His methods may be unconventional but this time Steve is hot on the trail of two gun makers, William Cantelo and Hiram Maxim, and the story begins in Southampton.

Eventually his two sons began a search to find out what had happened to their father. When they saw a picture of the American inventor Hiram Maxim in a national paper with his new invention, a rapid firing machine gun, they were shocked; he was the spitting image of their own father William Cantello. The sons both tried in vain to talk to Maxim, on one occasion at Victoria station as Maxim was catching a train, but to no avail. They were convinced that this Maxim was their father and that gun was the same gun that Cantelo had invented but they were never able to prove it.

Clearly this story throws up more questions than answers: What happened to William Cantelo? Was Cantelo impersonating Maxim, if so why? Did Maxim steal Cantelo's invention and pay Cantello to go away? Did one man murder the other, if so who murdered who?

0602The Hollinwell Incident2013082420141008 (R4)

Steve Punt turns private investigator to reopen a mysterious case of collapsing children.

One summer's day in 1980, at a junior jazz band festival in Nottinghamshire, hundreds of children were suddenly taken ill and fainted. They fell like dominoes; the showground was littered with bodies, the arena like a battlefield.

Many of the children feel they never got answers as to what really happened that morning.

Steve investigates, to find out if it was food poisoning or something a little more sinister.

Producer: Sarah Bowen.

0603Pitchfork Murder - Lower Quinton20130831

In 1945 on St Valentine's Day the elderly farmworker Charles Walton was found murdered. A pitchfork pinned him to the ground and horrible wounds had been inflicted on person. But seemingly Walton had no enemies and there appeared to be no motive. Who could be the murderer and why?

Various suspects came into the frame: a boot maker, a Nazi, a "swarthy" Italian prisoner of War, and a local farmer.

None of the motives seem credible: a stolen watch, a small amount of money, or could it have been because of witchcraft?

But why had the farmer deliberately left his finger prints on the murder weapon when he discovered the body in front of witnesses? Why was the Italian POW covered in blood? Why had Walton been murdered with a pitchfork, could it have been a copycat witchcraft murder? Even the famous detective Fabian of Scotland Yard was baffled, so will Steve Punt PI do any better?

With the help of Betty Smith, Warwickshire's answer to Miss Marple, Steve unpicks one clue after another and believes he may have an answer.

0604 LASTWho Killed The Bears?20130907

Steve Punt investigates the killing of two performing bears by a mob in the Forest of Dean in 1889, following unfounded rumours that the animals had killed a child.

For years, the people of Ruardean took the blame for the brutal slaying of the bears but always protested their innocence. Punt examines the evidence, asking if those convicted were victims of a miscarriage of justice.

Punt explores the documents, questions the locals and calls in the experts - aiming to establish the truth once and for all.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0701The Mysterious Death Of Flying Millionaire Alfred Loewenstein2014071220150716 (R4)

Steve Punt returns as Radio 4's very own gumshoe, examining the mysterious case of millionaire financier Alfred Loewenstein who fell out of his own aeroplane in 1928.

The suspicious death of this fabulously wealthy Belgian tycoon - then reportedly the world's third richest man - may well be Punt's most baffling investigation yet.

During that fateful flight across the English Channel, Loewenstein got up to go the loo - but somehow ended up falling out of the plane. What exactly happened to him remains a mystery to this day.

Was it just an accident, did Loewenstein jump - or was it murder? Punt reopens the case.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0702The Baker Street Bank Robbery2014071920150723 (R4)

Steve Punt turns gumshoe, investigating curious rumours surrounding the Baker Street bank robbery of 1971.

Quite possibly the most audacious heist in British history, the robbers tunnelled into the bank's vault from the basement of a shop two doors down. They escaped with a haul worth an estimated £30 million today.

Though four robbers were convicted, intriguing claims persist - most notably that the security services mounted the heist to secure compromising photographs of a senior public figure.

Punt sifts the evidence, calls in the experts and attempts to establish fact from fiction.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0703The Case Of The Mp Who Vanished2014072620150730 (R4)

Steve Punt turns private investigator and examines the curious case of the socialist MP Victor Grayson who vanished into thin air!

Firebrand politician, champion of the mill workers, scion of the establishment, fancy dresser, hard drinker, man about town. Victor Grayson was many things when he erupted onto the public stage in 1907 as the first and last independent socialist MP, aged 26. However this shooting star disappeared from sight in 1920, under mysterious circumstances, with no confirmed sightings after that.

Punt P.I. sets out on a trail through Yorkshire valleys, dusty archives and seedy Soho to pick up clues to Victor's disappearance.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

0704 LASTWho Put Bella In The Wych Elm?2014080220150806 (R4)

Steve Punt turns detective to investigate a mystery from the Midlands.

In 1943, in a small wood in the village of Hagley, the body a woman was found inside a Wych elm tree. She had been put in feet first, alive or just recently dead. The police issued a good photo fit but, despite extensive enquiries, a match could not be found and no one reported her missing.

Punt hunts first for the files and then for the body. But things are not where they should be. He heads into those unsettling woods, rustles up tangled leads, and ends up barking up the occasional wrong tree.

He tracks down the 101-year-old forensic biologist on the case and investigates witchcraft and spying in his attempt to separate conspiracy from the truth.

And Professor Norman Fenton, expert witness in major criminal trails, subjects Punt's findings to analysis, building a unique model especially for the programme.

Producer: Sarah Bowen.

0801The Murder Of Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor20150808

Steve Punt returns with a brand new series of investigations - starting with the unsolved murder of major Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor in 1922.

Taylor was one of Tinseltown's biggest names - until he was shot dead in his bungalow in February 1922. Despite a multitude of suspects, Taylor's killer was never caught.

It's a bizarre case with a multitude of suspects. Was the murderer former child star Mary Miles Minter or her controlling mother Charlotte Shelby? Or was it Taylor's rather shady private secretary Edwards Sands?

Steve casts a fresh eye over the evidence and returns to Taylor's native Ireland where he makes some surprising discoveries about the murdered movie director's past.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0802The Case Of The Missing Cezanne20150815

Steve Punt turns Private Investigator and tries to crack the case of the missing Cezanne masterpiece 'Auvers Sur Oise'.

The painting was stolen from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford whilst the city celebrated the millennium, and has not been seen since.

His search takes him from the crime scene to the Mayfair art world, via leads at Scotland Yard and sightings on a pub wall in Coventry.

With a watchful eye for any Mr Big who may be behind a painting reportedly "stolen to order", Punt PI enters the murky world of stolen art. But how close can he get to the stolen Cezanne?

Producer Neil McCarthy.

0803 LASTThe Great Mull Air Mystery20150822

On Christmas Eve 1975, former Spitfire pilot Peter Gibbs took off from the unlit airfield on the Isle of Mull and never returned.

It was a moonless night and having just finished dinner with his girlfriend at the Glenforsa Hotel, it seemed a bizarre and impetuous act.

Then Gibbs' body was discovered on a hillside, but the plane was nowhere to be seen and the story began to get stranger.

Punt heads to the Mull to investigate, but with every piece of evidence the mystery deepens.

Was Gibbs attempting an illicit flight to Northern Ireland, was he trying to fake his own death, or was it something in creepy Room 14 that was to blame?

As he tries to disentangle myth from reality, Punt hears fishy tales from a suspicious local diver, unearths the original pathologist and scrutinises the man who watched Gibbs vanish into the night.

Producer: Sarah Bowen

0901The Suspicious Death Of Emile Zola2016073020170503

Steve Punt travels to Paris to investigate the death of celebrated writer Emile Zola.

Steve Punt returns as Radio 4's very own private detective.

Punt travels to Paris to investigate the suspicious death of celebrated writer Émile Zola. Zola died in 1902 from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a blocked chimney. At the time, the authorities reached a verdict of accidental death. Subsequently, evidence has emerged that Zola's death may have been murder.

Certainly Zola's role in France's notorious Dreyfus Affair made him many enemies. But as Punt discovers, the case is far from clear cut. For one thing, carbon monoxide is a very unusual way of murdering someone. Punt summons the experts and weighs up the evidence.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Steve Punt returns as Radio 4's very own private detective.

Punt travels to Paris to investigate the suspicious death of celebrated writer Émile Zola. Zola died in 1902 from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a blocked chimney. At the time, the authorities reached a verdict of accidental death. Subsequently, evidence has emerged that Zola's death may have been murder.

Certainly Zola's role in France's notorious Dreyfus Affair made him many enemies. But as Punt discovers, the case is far from clear cut. For one thing, carbon monoxide is a very unusual way of murdering someone. Punt summons the experts and weighs up the evidence.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0902The Reclusive Skeleton Of Fingringhoe2016080620170504

Steve Punt visits rural Essex to explore the disappearance of actress Constance Kent.

Steve Punt continues his investigations as Radio 4's very own private detective.

In 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, the reclusive actress Ada Constance Kent disappeared from the village of Fingringhoe in rural Essex. Despite her cottage being searched on several occasions in the intervening years, her skeleton was only discovered in the bedroom in 1949. Was it her... where had she been in the intervening years... and was she really the person everyone thought she was?

Steve Punt interrogates the witnesses and assesses the evidence.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

Steve Punt continues his investigations as Radio 4's very own private detective.

In 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, the reclusive actress Ada Constance Kent disappeared from the village of Fingringhoe in rural Essex. Despite her cottage being searched on several occasions in the intervening years, her skeleton was only discovered in the bedroom in 1949. Was it her... where had she been in the intervening years... and was she really the person everyone thought she was?

Steve Punt interogates the witnesses and asses the evidence.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

0903 LASTThere's A Kind Of Hum2016081320170505

Steve Punt puts his ear to the ground in a search for the mysterious so-called World Hum.

Put it down to mating fish? Electromagnetic interference? The US government? A local substation?

Steve Punt turns private investigator, and this week turns his detecting skills to a kind of hum , which can be hear all over the world tonight - according to a group of people who have been bothered, irritated, or even tortured by a sound that only some people seem to be able to hear.

Punt PI travels to the heart of stockbroker belt in Cobham, Surrey, an unlikely location for mysterious goings on, in an attempt to research the cause of those who suffer from Low Wave Frequencies.

First reported in Bristol back in the 1960s the phenomenon seems to have spread across the world - with websites and social media pages dedicated to tracking and understanding it.

Described as anything from a diesel engine in the distance to a pressure on the ears, those who have come up with theories as to what the hum might be are many, and various - but for many of them it is unpleasant, distressing and mysterious.

Perhaps the sufferers are people who can hear more frequencies than most? Whose bodies, ears and brains make them susceptible to sounds most of us can't hear.

Listen out, for Punt PI.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall

What is it?

The sounds generated by mating fish? The US government? Or even the evolution of humans to hear electromagnetic waves... Steve Punt, BBC Radio 4's Mulder and Scully combined, turns his analytical ears to The Hum - heard by people, all over the world, tonight.

For some of those who hear it, it's unpleasant, even distressing, for others simply mysterious.

The Hum has been reported as far back as the 1960's, when people in Bristol first brought it to the attention of the local council. They never found out what caused it.
Many have tried to work out the source of the Hum... so there is no real reason to expect Radio 4's gumshoe to solve it in half an hour... but Punt PI will investigate some intriguing possibilities.

From Surrey to the ionosphere, he examines afresh some of the most common theories - with leading experts: is it the sounds created by fish, as recorded by neurobiologist Dr Andrew Bass; or the noise of seismic waves as discussed with expert Dr Lucia Gualtieri of Columbia University, New York; might it be a whole range of potential ear problems as suggested by Mark Williams at the Tinnitus Clinic; tall buildings - given short shrift by South Leeds Life editor, Jeremy Morton; electromagnetism - considered by science expert Roland Pease; and last, but definitely most 'X-files' of all, HAARP, a US military research station, now run by Bob McCoy of the University of Alaska - a theory poo-pooed by national security journalist Sharon Weinberger.

He also touches base with the creator of the World Hum website, Dr Glen MacPherson, who is trying to keep an online record of this phenomenon - most commonly described as a diesel engine in the distance.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall

Music sourcing: Danny Webb.

10Missing Priest2017091620180618 (R4)

Steve Punt investigates the story of the Polish priest who disappeared in Bradford in 1953

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

One afternoon in July 1953 Father Henryk Borynski, a Polish priest living in Bradford, took a telephone call. His housekeeper heard him say "OK, I'll go". He put on his hat, and his coat and left. He was never seen again.

Many Poles fled to the United Kingdom during World War II and settled in Bradford. With the onset of the Cold War they became exiles, unable to return to Poland. In his sermons, Father Borynski was an outspoken critic of the Soviet system and many believed he could have been a victim of communist agents operating in England.

Steve Punt investigates, following leads and opening Secret Service files, to find out what might have happened to Father Borynski.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

10Taking the Pissoir?2017092320180625 (R4)

Why would anyone submit a urinal as a work of art to a gallery, and then lie about it?

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

Marcel Duchamp is considered one of the great artists of the 20th century, but was his greatest achievement - Fountain - a urinal bearing the signature R. Mutt, the work of someone else?

The original Fountain has long been lost, and for many decades forgotten, but in the 1950's became such a talking point again that Duchamp decided to manufacture up to a possible 17 copies - one of which stands proud, under glass, in the Tate Modern.

Earlier this century a poll of 500 art historians voted it the most significant art work of the 20th century, for the questions it raises about art and the artist, but although the importance of 'Fountain' in the history of art is undisputed, is it certain the artist was, in fact, Duchamp?

And if it wasn't him, then who was it?

Join the dots, and the paint brush of history seems to point at the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven - a truly free spirit and radical artist, who Duchamp called 'the future'. The smoking gun is a letter written in 1917 by Duchamp to his sister Suzanne, stating "One of my female friends" had submitted the urinal as a sculpture to the exhibition, "the pseudonym Richard Mutt".

True, false, or just a fascinating theory... its one that throws an interesting light over one of the most significant works of the 20th century.

Steve Punt dons galoshes and heads for the nearest convenience.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.

1001Lost Nukes2017090220180604 (R4)

Steve Punt returns as Radio 4's very own private detective.

In this tenth anniversary edition, Steve's called in to investigate the unlikely disappearance of American and Russian nuclear weapons - with assistance from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth.

At first, Steve's sceptical - surely no nuclear power could actually lose possession of weapons capable of causing Armageddon. But as his investigation gathers pace, the story starts to becomes rather disturbing.

From an H-bomb lost over Savannah, Georgia to a cache of so-called 'suitcase nukes' which rumours suggest could still be stashed in modern day Moldova, Punt weighs up the evidence - with a little detour via Dorking...

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Steve Punt goes in search of missing American and Russian nuclear weapons.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

1002Treasure In The Piano2017090920180611 (R4)

A hoard of gold coins in a piano. Who put them there, a mystery. Steve Punt investigates.

A piano tuner discovers a hoard of gold coins carefully concealed inside a piano. Whoever hid it there is a mystery. Radio 4's very own Inspector Clouseau Steve Punt is on hand to piece together the clues. His detective trail leads him on a journey through Victorian music circles, the Freemasons, bankruptcy, and Shredded Wheat packets as he works out who stashed the gold.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

1003Missing Priest20170916

Steve Punt investigates the story of the Polish priest who disappeared in Bradford in 1953

One afternoon in 1953 Father Henryk Borynski, a Polish priest living in Bradford, took a telephone call. His housekeeper heard him say "OK, I'll go". He put on his hat, his coat and left without saying a word. He was never seen again.

Many Poles fled to the United Kingdom during World War II and many settled in Bradford. With the onset of the Cold War they became exiles, unable to return to Poland. In his sermons, Father Borynski was an outspoken critic of the Soviet system and many believed he may have been a victim of foul play by communist agents operating in England.

Steve Punt investigates, chasing up leads and following rumours, to find out what might have happened to Father Borynski.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

One afternoon in July 1953 Father Henryk Borynski, a Polish priest living in Bradford, took a telephone call. His housekeeper heard him say "OK, I'll go". He put on his hat, and his coat and left. He was never seen again.

Many Poles fled to the United Kingdom during World War II and settled in Bradford. With the onset of the Cold War they became exiles, unable to return to Poland. In his sermons, Father Borynski was an outspoken critic of the Soviet system and many believed he could have been a victim of communist agents operating in England.

Steve Punt investigates, following leads and opening Secret Service files, to find out what might have happened to Father Borynski.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

1004 LASTTaking The Pissoir?20170923

Why would anyone submit a urinal as a work of art to a gallery, and then lie about it?

Marcel Duchamp is considered one of the great artists of the 20th century, but was his greatest achievement - Fountain - a urinal bearing the signature R. Mutt, the work of someone else?

The original Fountain has long been lost, and for many decades forgotten, but in the 1950's became such a talking point again that Duchamp decided to manufacture up to a possible 17 copies - one of which stands proud, under glass, in the Tate Modern.

Earlier this century a poll of 500 art historians voted it the most significant art work of the 20th century, for the questions it raises about art and the artist, but although the importance of 'Fountain' in the history of art is undisputed, is it certain the artist was, in fact, Duchamp?

And if it wasn't him, then who was it?

Join the dots, and the paint brush of history seems to point at the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven - a truly free spirit and radical artist, who Duchamp called 'the future'. The smoking gun is a letter written in 1917 by Duchamp to his sister Suzanne, stating "One of my female friends" had submitted the urinal as a sculpture to the exhibition, "the pseudonym Richard Mutt".

True, false, or just a fascinating theory... its one that throws an interesting light over one of the most significant works of the 20th century.

Steve Punt dons galoshes and heads for the nearest convenience.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.