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Comedian Susan Morrison zips through the centuries to explore Scottish history in this brilliant BBC radio series.

Glaswegian comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison mines the rich, sometimes murky, depths of Scotland's past in this thrilling radio series. Aided by producer/historian Louise Yeoman and a host of 'history detectives', the amazing stories she uncovers are sometimes dark, sometimes funny - but always fascinating.

From Black Flag pirates to WW2 spies, from jousting knights to accused witches, and from princess nuns to lion-taming ancestors, Susan examines the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. Mary Queen of Scots and King Robert Bruce rub shoulders with medieval heresy hunters and male prostitutes, Highland bandits mingle with heroic nurses, and a revolutionary football player shares the spotlight with a ghost-busting minister in these 40 enthralling episodes.

We meet a female slave owner, a dashing privateer, a revolutionary socialist and a family planning pioneer, visit a Pictish monastery and the lost village of Lassodie, find out about some of the bloodiest, most destructive campaigns on Scottish soil - the 16th century wars of the 'Rough Wooing' - and dig deep into the intriguing world of Victorian true crime and the grisly world of 18th century dissection.

Plus, there's a wealth of special shows themed around topics including the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, Suffragettes, the Scottish Women's Institute and World War I.

Bin your Outlander box set and wave bye-bye to Braveheart - this is Scotland like you've never seen it before.

Presented by Susan Morrison. Resident historian and producer: Dr Louise Yeoman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, 16th May 2017 - 6th December 2018.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Scots history you’ve never heard before

The stories of kings & queens everybody knows. This radio series is much more interesting. Only recently have ordinary or extraordinary folk received much attention. This series alone justifies the BBC (though if you don’t have a TV no licence fee is required for radio!) We are a wee nation so most of the places are familiar but the stories told are not-often surprising. The talented black pianist from Wick who died in a Scots regiment in WWI. The “Senagali village” in Saughton Park in one of those horrendous empire exhibitions common in Europe in 19thC/early 20thC. Picts & the adoption of pyjamas by women (who could afford them) in response to Zeppelin raids. Pirates in Inveraray who spent too much money to pass unnoticed after shipwreck on the coast. Diaspora Scots who oppressed or defended native Australians. Forget Mary, Queen of Scots and listen to this.