Fishlock's Choice: Episode 10

Gordon Yeo was twenty when he boarded a Lancaster bomber to take part in what would become one of the most celebrated military operations of World War 2.

The Lancasters of 617 Squadron had been tasked with destroying three dams which were important to Nazi Germany’s war effort. After the mission the airmen became forever known as the Dambusters.

Gordon, sadly, never returned. He was one of the 53 of the 133 aircrew who took part to be killed. An estimated 1,600 people died on the ground, many of whom were Russians forced to work for the Nazis.

Trevor Fishlock learns about the mission and Gordon - who grew up in Barry - from one of his relatives, Belinda Brown, who is keeping the young man’s memory alive.

And in a story from the archive he walks in Llandudno, telling the witty tale of a stonemason’s revenge on his boss and hearing about one of Wales’s first printing presses.

Operated at a time of persecution against Catholics, it was hidden in a cave and used illicitly. The religious book it produced was one of the first to be printed in the Welsh language.

Sharp End September 3rd

Sharp End is back after the summer break with an hour-long special with the three candidates vying to be the next leader of Plaid Cymru.
Adrian Masters was joined in studio by current leader Leanne Wood and her challengers, Adam Price and Rhun ap Iorwerth to talk about coalitions, their political motivation and why they think they should be the next party leader.

Crime Files: Episode 2

This week presenter Andrea Byrne investigates a murder captured on CCTV in North Wales. Detectives reveal their forensic evidence from the attack and how they caught a gang from Liverpool who stabbed the man over twenty times in Rhyl.

Fishlock's Choice: Episode 9

In the summer of 1928 a seaplane touched down in the water off Burry Port, near Llanelli.

Onboard were two men and a woman, Amelia Earhart, an aviator and adventurer, who had become the first female ever to cross the Atlantic by air.

Earhart had been heading for Southampton but, running out of fuel, her plane landed off Wales and the world’s media descended on Burry Port.

Les George has long been fascinated by the story and tells Trevor Fishlock all about events of that day.

Trevor also discovers how two famous Germans found love in Wales.

Artist Sir Hubert von Herkomer met his first wife in Ruthin - and although the story has a tragic ending - he repaid the nation with a gift to the Gorsedd which remains in use to this day.

Composer Felix Mendelssohn was so taken with three Welsh sisters that he wrote musical pieces in tribute to each of them.

Fishlock's Choice: Episode 8

In the middle of the 19th Century a strike at Cardiff Docks caused the Marquis of Bute to look to Ireland for workers.

Irish men and women, eager to escape the devastating potato famine, volunteered to come to Wales to build the docks and unload ships.

Dozens of families, mainly from west Cork, were given homes in six streets of terraced houses off Tyndall Street in Cardiff, an area known as Newtown.

When the houses were finally demolished in 1970 the families were rehoused across the city but many former residents formed the Newtown Association to keep memories of the community alive.

Trevor Fishlock meets Mary Sullivan and John Burns, who both grew up in Newtown, and can describe the sights and sounds of this lost community.

In the archive Trevor hears the remarkable story of the Rhymney ironworks, which were designed to look like the Ancient Egyptian architecture of the ruined city of Dendera.

Crime Files: Episode 1

Three years after the death of Kellie Gillard, her family in Briton Ferry are still coming to terms with their loss.

But who was responsible for Kellie’s death?

Andrea Byrne meets detectives in South Wales to hear how they solved the case and reveals shocking secret recordings from the crime files.

Eisteddfod 2018: Episode 2

Carole Green, Owain Phillips and Sian Thomas present highlights from this year's National Eisteddfod, held in Cardiff Bay. In the second of two programmes they report on the Battle of the Bands where some of Wales' best young talent come to perform, Jamie Roberts also describes his welcome into the Gorsedd and a special look at a play with passion which describes the horrors of war, Milwr yn y Meddwl.

Fishlock's Choice: Episode 7

In December 1914 Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance left South Georgia for the Antarctic.

Shackleton planned to lead the first expedition to cross the frozen continent.

But his ship included a mystery crewman - young Perce Blackborow from Newport had stowed away in Buenos Aires and was discovered hiding in a cupboard.

Shackleton had no choice but to keep Blackborow on board and he put him to work with the cook.

In Fishlock’s Choice, Blackborow’s grandson, John, tells Trevor Fishlock what happened next: how the Endurance got stuck in the ice and Shackleton and his men had to make a desperate bid for safety. Blackborow played a key role in the adventure to come.

Also in the programme Trevor walks through Ceredigion where he learns about the 19th Century “War of the Little Englishman”.