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A Planet X Production for ITV (2005)
[quote]Our exciting 6 part "adventure archaeology" series was presented by charismatic antiquarian Mark Olly who went out and about in search of some of the North West's most intriguing lost treasures, legendary heroes and hidden history.
Intrepid investigator Mark discovered how ordinary people frequently unearth lost treasures right on their own doorstep and demonstrated how anyone could help to solve some of the most puzzling mysteries in history by applying basic detective skills and commonsense.[/quote]
During the six episodes of the first exciting series, the team visited local lost treasures in hidden enclaves across the North West of England.
Episode 4: Wirral, North Lancashire & Isle of Man
Ah the Vikings! What image do these people conjure up for you? Long hair, beards, swords, Kirk Douglas, Mark Olly? Our man traces their arrival down the Mersey and looks at landing points at places like Widnes, Wirral, Chester and near Preston. Picture the scene. It's the late 9th century and you wake up one morning from your well stocked farmstead on the edge of the Mersey. You spy Viking longships moving at some speed towards you.
There's nothing like a bit of good old fashioned Viking story telling to stop people watching Eastenders on the other side. Take the Curdely Dragon for example. This flying beast decided that he would help himself to a few lamb dinners. Dragon vegetarians were few and far between so who can blame him? The local blacksmith hatched a plan to put a stop to this, forged a sword and dressed up as a calf. The dragon took the bait but the blacksmith quickly plunged the sword into the dragon's heart. The locals hailed Smithy as a hero and proudly displayed the calfskin. There it remained…until the 1880's when it was mysteriously nicked.
Mark pieces together the clues of this ancient mystery. For every legend there is a history. What was it? Where was the incident? Where is the calfskin? What was ailing the Vikings? Why is Mark in the pub again?
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