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Fishlock's Choice: Episode 6

Wrexham and Maelor - an area of Wales which bulges into England - are the focus for Trevor Fishlock in a programme packed with fascinating stories.

St Giles’ is the largest medieval parish church in Wales, and it is home to a host of treasures, including a sixteenth century Doom painting and a sculptor by Louis Roubiliac.

Over the centuries the church has been extended and restored, with much of the work paid for by Elihu Yale, the founder of Yale University in the United States. Yale’s family came from the area and he is buried in the churchyard.

In Fenn’s Moss, among the kestrels and curlews, Trevor meets an expert cutting peat to restore the bog land.

Nearby, a farmer takes him down into the nuclear bunker built under his land by the government and Trevor hears the story of the Welsh racehorse which was ridden to Grand National victory by Lester Piggott’s grandfather.

Eisteddfod 2018

Carole Green, Owain Phillips and Sian Thomas present highlights from this year's National Eisteddfod, held in Cardiff Bay. In the first of two programmes they report on the spectacular opening carnival, the Crowning of the Bard and a tribute in music and dance to Paul Robeson, sixty years after the American singer, actor and political activist received a hero's welcome at the Eisteddfod.

Fishlock's Choice: Episode 5

Trevor Fishlock visits the United Services Mess in Cardiff, a club with a long history and many stories to tell.

Sitting with Oliver Lindsay and Fred Seal he hears their stories from WW2.

Oliver, a Merchant Navy seaman, served on an Arctic Convoy to Russia and was manning a gun which helped bring down a German aircraft. Sunk by a torpedo, Oliver was rescued from the freezing water and taken to safety in Murmansk.

Fred was a bomb-aimer on an RAF Liberator, flying missions from an air base in Italy.

Delving into the archive, Trevor walks in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, discovering a gravestone that tells only lies and a line of defence created to protect Wales from an invading army.

Fishlock's Choice: Episode 4

More than one thousand years ago houses were built on stilts in Llangorse Lake near Brecon.

Most probably used as an occasional home for the King of Brycheiniog, the ‘crannog’ has fascinated visitors ever since its discovery by archaeologists.

Trevor Fishlock discovers the history behind the site and also visits Monmouth where experts believe they may have found evidence of a second Welsh crannog.

Walking the banks of the Wye, Trevor hears tales of Sherlock Holmes and Clark Gable, and reveals how the last dragon was banished from Radnorshire.

Fishlock's Choice: Episode 3

It is more than a century since two brothers, armed only with candles, ropes, and a revolver, traced a five-mile underground stretch of the river Llynfell and discovered the caves of Dan-yr-Ogof.

Now, this natural network of wonders forms the largest showcaves in the whole of the UK.

Trevor Fishlock explores underground, and in the hills and valleys around Hirwaun he discovers the story of the iron king who immortalised his workers in a series of specially-commissioned portraits.

Fishlock's Choice: Episode 2

Determined to keep alive the memory of aircrew from two world wars, volunteers have renovated the control tower of an airfield.

Trevor Fishlock visited Carew Cheriton, near Pembroke, 15 years ago when the project was in its infancy - and now he returns to see the remarkable result.

One of the project leaders, Deric Brock, says the museum is a tribute to the community’s togetherness - and has become a key educational tool for schools.

Heading into the archive, Trevor walks the River Cleddau to hear the story of Pembrokeshire’s worst mining disaster and the tale of the female aristocrat whose saucy memoir made gentlemen blush.

Fishlock's Choice: Episode 1

Trevor Fishlock heads to the Gwili Railway in Carmarthen where for the past 40 years volunteers have been renovating part of a west Wales railway line.

Local historian Jeremy John tells Trevor the story of the Victorian railway and how it revolutionised life in rural Wales.

And he reveals Gwili’s latest project - the renovation of the last steam train ever made in Wales.

Trevor also delves into the archive on a walk through the heart of Snowdonia, where he hears stories of the slate industry and samples a marvellous marmalade pudding.