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01Brave Beginnings2004062720190414 (BBC7)
20190415 (BBC7)

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal.

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the VC.

02The Cat Among The Pigeons2004062820190421 (BBC7)
20190422 (BBC7)

The cat awarded the PDSA's Dickin Medal for war service.

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the VC.

Alongside the 32 messenger pigeons awarded the PDSA’s Dickin Medal for devotion to duty during wartime sits just one cat.

Simon was the captain's cat on-board HMS Amethyst and in 1949 he became caught up in what was to become known as the "Yangtze Incident" in China.

Dylan Winter finds out how, during the 100 days when the ship was held captive, Simon ensured himself a place in history and his medal.

Producer: Sheena Duncan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.

03Man's Best Friend2004062920190428 (BBC7)
20190429 (BBC7)

The majority of dogs awarded PDSA Dickin medals for bravery and devotion to duty won them between 1943 and 1949 as a result of the Second World War and its aftermath.

Dylan Winter hears the stories of Rob, Beauty, Judy and Gander - just a few of the many courageous canines who proved they were truly "man's best friend".

Producer: Sheena Duncan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.

Dylan Winter hears the stories of some of the 24 dogs awarded the PDSA's Dickin medal.

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the VC.

04Dogged Defence2004071820190505 (BBC7)
20190506 (BBC7)

Dylan Winter learns about the bravery of Gander the Newfoundland dog. From 2004.

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the VC.

Dylan Winter learns about the bravery back in 1941 of life-saving Gander the Newfoundland dog in Hong Kong.

But what does it take to train military dogs, horses and their handlers today? Will this year's four-legged recruits be Dickin Medal winners in the future for their gallantry? Dylan visits an army base to find out, and meets a recent winner.

Producer: Sheena Duncan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.

05A Brave New World2004072520190512 (BBC7)
20190513 (BBC7)

Dylan Winter hears about a Labrador involved in a 9/11 rescue. From 2004.

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal.