STRANGE BRITANNIA

SERIES I · SUMMER 2019

AUGUST 2019

Lore & LEGEND:

STRANGE BRITANNIA

A new podcasting series exploring stories of the strange lands of the British otherworld and its macabre denizens.

15 AUGUST

THE DARK TOWER

SERIES · I  EPISODE · III

A young boy sets out on a desperate journey to rescue his sister from the Dark Tower of the Lord of Elfland .

5 SEPTEMBER

CHERRY OF ZENNOR

SERIES · I  EPISODE · VI

A young girl comes to a cross-roads, and is led down a path to  unexpected happiness. But there is something ugly about this new paradise...

26 OCTOBER

LADY ISABEL

SERIES · I  EPISODE · IX

Lady Isabel sits in her garden sewing on the very first morning of May, when she hears the sultry song of an Elfin horn, blowing over the hills from faraway...

1 AUGUST

THE RHYMER'S TALE

SERIES · I  EPISODE · I

Our journey into the shadow lands begins with a fire-lit feast, a witches’ harp, and a poet with a tongue full of secrets he cannot help but tell. 

22 AUGUST

KING ORFEO

SERIES · I  EPISODE · IV

When his Queen is abducted from the midst of 100 knights, King Orfeo must rely on the mystical power of his music to rescue her.

12 SEPTEMBER

THE LAIDLY WORM

SERIES · I  EPISODE · VII

A tale is told that the loathsome dragon on Spindleston Heugh will bring ruin to the North. But one woman knows the truth about the Laidly Worm...

3 OCTOBER

THE HART AND THE HIND

SERIES · I  EPISODE · X

As Thomas the Rhymer regales the gathered throng at the feast in his Tower at Ercildoune, the eyes of the hidden folk are watching…

8 AUGUST

THE CURSE OF PANTANNAS

SERIES · I  EPISODE · II

A farmer of Pantannas brings tragedy upon himself and his descendants when he disturbs the midnight revels of Glamorgan’s hidden folk.

29 AUGUST

THE BURIED MOON

SERIES · I  EPISODE · V

A traveller lost on the marshes of the Lincolnshire Carrs has almost given up hope, when a mysterious ray of light illuminates the darkness...

19 SEPTEMBER

GREYSTEEL

SERIES · I  EPISODE · VIII

His land is called the Forbidden Country. He has killed a thousand knights. They say no man of woman born will defeat him. His name... is Greysteel.

SPECIALS

AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

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17 OCTOBER

THE SOUL OF JONAH JONES

WITH TIMOTHY RALPHS

Join us for an interview with storyteller Tim Ralphs and hear the story of how the soul of Jonah Jones was saved.

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30 OCTOBER

JACK OF THE LANTERN

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL · PART III

Do you know why we carve a turnip or pumpkin with a grinning face? Haven't you heard the story of Jack and the Devil? Of the Devil, and Black-Hearted Jack?

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14 NOVEMBER

THE LEGEND

OF HUMPHREY'S HEAD

BONUS EPISODE

Rick Scott reads 'The Last Wolf: A Legend of Humphrey's Head' from the 1853 Ulverton Intelligencer, and presents Sara Pearl's research into the origins of the legend.

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28 OCTOBER

BYARD'S LEAP

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL · PART I

When a village community is terrorised by a man-eating ogress called Black Meg, they turn to a knight called Old Jim to save them. But is Old Jim and his blind horse, Byard, up to the task?

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31 OCTOBER

THE WARLOCK

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL · PART IV

Lord Soulis sat in Hermitage Castle, and beside him Old Redcap sly; “Tell me oh sprite, meikle of might, what is the death that I must die?”

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5 DECEMBER

THE SILENT DRUMMER BOY

WITH CARMEL PAGE

Storyteller Carmel Page discusses her work as an educational storyteller, her last book Yorkshire Folktales for Children, and performs a story inspired by the legends of King Arthur and her research in local folklore.

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29 OCTOBER

THE WIFE OF USHER'S WELL

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL · PART II

When her three sons are taken from her untimely by Death, the Wife of Usher's Well utters a fateful curse which will soon come back to haunt her...

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14 NOVEMBER

THE LAST WOLF

WITH SARA PEARL

Short story writer Sara Pearl re-imagines a classic folk-tale about England's last wolf hunt through the eyes of their beleaguered quarry.

CHRISTMASTIDE 2019

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18 DECEMBER

A TASTE OF HONEY

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL · PART I

At the Christmas Feast in the Court of King Arthur,  none may touch a morsel of food or drink before some wondrous tale is told, or some marvellous deed is performed...

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19 DECEMBER

THE CHRISTMAS COALS

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL · PART II

Taliesien, the King's Storyteller and famed Prince of Bards, tells a story of a young girl, and what happens to her when the Yule Tide fire in her village threatens to go out...

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20 DECEMBER

THE GREEN KNIGHT

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL · PART III

The time has finally come to feast, but before King Arthur and his Court can go to their food, their revels are disturbed by an unexpected and most unlikely guest...

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