Radio & Television: PICK OF THE DAY
Thursday 03 February 2005
When he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, Vic Reeves chose as his special subject the golden age of piracy between 1680 and 1720. Appropriately, in this 10-part series, he explores the careers of some of history's most infamous scoundrels, such as Deacon Brodie, Blackbeard and Captain Blood, through historical documents and dramatic reconstructions.
In tonight's opening episode, Reeves attempts to divide fact from fiction about the highwayman Dick Turpin. Talking to the old rogue (played by himself) in a tavern, Reeves (above) contends that we have accepted an unrealistic image of the thief created by Victorian author Harrison Ainsworth in his novel Rookwood. In reality, Turpin was a ruthless villain whose gang went around the country robbing and pillaging. Born in Essex in 1705, he dabbled in poaching but soon moved up to raiding houses and murder. Despite stalking the roads around London, few records exist linking him with stagecoach robberies and the immortal phrase, "Stand and deliver!"
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 2 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 3 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 4 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 100,000 back our campaign
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up