Delve Special

Meet David Lander, seeker of truth and turner of unturned stones.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

Episodes

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0101The Shifton Scandal (part 1)1984080319840804
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Meet David Lander, seeker of truth and turner of unturned stones.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjectsDavid Lander's four-part expos\u00e9 into the government's behaviour over a town's demolition.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

Stephen Fry plays spoof undercover investigative reporter David Lander, who begins a four-part expose into irregularities over plans to site a new London airport near Birmingham. With serious allegations aimed at a multi-national giant - what exactly has the government's role been in the plans to demolish the town? And exactly who is the shifty Mr Browncoat?

Co-starring Brenda Blethyn, Jack Klaff, Stephen Frost and Tony Robinson.

Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as: This is David Lander.

Written by Tony Sarchet. Producer Paul Mayhew-archer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1984.

David Lander's four-part expos\u00e9 into the government's behaviour over a town's demolition.

Stephen Fry plays spoof undercover investigative reporter David Lander, who begins a 4-part expose into irregularities over plans to site a new London airport near Birmingham. With serious allegations aimed at a multi-national giant - what exactly has the Government's role been in the plans to demolish the town? And exactly who is the shifty Mr Browncoat?

Co-starring Brenda Blethyn, Jack Klaff, Stephen Frost and Tony Robinson.

Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as: This is David Lander.

Written by Tony Sarchet. Producer Paul Mayhew-archer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1984.

David Lander's four-part expose into the Government's behaviour over a town's demolition.

Stars Stephen Fry.

From August 1984.

David Lander's expose into the Government's behaviour over a town's demolition.

David Lander's four-part expose into the government's behaviour over a town's demolition. Stephen Fry stars as the spoof investigative reporter. From August 1984.

Stephen Fry plays spoof undercover investigative reporter David Lander, who begins a four-part expose into irregularities over plans to site a new London airport near Birmingham. With serious allegations aimed at a multi-national giant - what exactly has the government's role been in the plans to demolish the town? And exactly who is the shifty Mr Browncoat?

David Lander's four-part expose into the Government's behaviour over a town's demolition. Stars Stephen Fry. From August 1984.

0102The Shifton Scandal (part 2)1984081019840811
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In his town demolition expose, David Lander examines the influence of a holiday company.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

In his town demolition expose, David Lander examines the influence of a holiday company. Stephen Fry stars as the spoof investigative reporter. From August 1984.

In his town demolition expose, David Lander examines the influence of a holiday company. Stars Stephen Fry. From August 1984.

0103The Shifton Scandal (part 3)1984081719840818
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In his town demolition expose, David Lander examines the link to a government sex scandal.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

Stars Stephen Fry.

From August 1984.

David Lander examines the link to a government sex scandal.

In his town demolition expose, David Lander examines the link to a government sex scandal. Stephen Fry stars as the spoof investigative journalist. From August 1984.

In his town demolition expose, David Lander examines the link to a government sex scandal. Stars Stephen Fry. From August 1984.

David Lander examines the link to a government sex scandal. From August 1984.

0104 LASTThe Shifton Scandal (part 4)1984082419840825
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In his town demolition expose, David Lander looks at the trial and disturbing aftermath.

In his town demolition expose, David Lander looks at the trial and disturbing aftermath.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

0201The Archibald Gallery Robbery1985090620030918 (BBC7)
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Reporter David Lander reopens the investigation into 1983's Archibald Gallery robbery.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

Reporter David Lander reopens the investigation into 1983's Archibald Gallery robbery. Kevin Watts is the key suspect, but was he framed?

Stephen Fry plays spoof undercover investigative reporter David Lander. Co-starring Brenda Blethyn, Stephen Frost, Tony Robinson and Arthur Smith.

Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as: This is David Lander.

Written by Tony Sarchet. Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1985.

Reporter David Lander reopens the investigation into the 1983 crime. From September 1985.

Reporter David Lander reopens the investigation into 1983's Archibald Gallery robbery. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1985.

Reporter David Lander reopens the investigation into 1983's Archibald Gallery robbery. Kevin Watts is the key suspect, but was he framed?

Stephen Fry plays spoof undercover investigative reporter David Lander. Co-starring Brenda Blethyn, Stephen Frost, Tony Robinson and Arthur Smith.

Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as: This is David Lander.

Written by Tony Sarchet. Producer Paul Mayhew-archer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1985.

Did Kevin Watts commit the Archibald Art Gallery robbery or was he framed? David Lander re-examines this case and comes up with some

startling new evidence.

Stars Stephen Fry.

From September 1985.

Reporter David Lander reopens the investigation into the 1983 crime.

0202Whose Baby?1985091320030925 (BBC7)
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David Lander reports on the implications of revolutionary methods of baby production.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

Stars Stephen Fry.

From September 1985.

David Lander investigates the overall implications of new methods of baby production.

With Stephen Fry and Tony Robinson.

Whose Baby? David Lander investigates the overall implications of new methods of baby production.

David Lander investigates the practical and ethical implications of new methods of baby production.

Starring Stephen Fry.

"We've wanted a baby for some time, that's why we decided to

buy one."

Delve Special looks at the rapidly developing new baby technology.

Presented by David Lander, with the assistance of Stephen Fry.

Studio production by Tony Robinson, Julia Hills, Stephen Frost and

Felicity Montagu.

Dramatic reconstructions by Jack Klaff, Phil Nice and Robert Bathurst.

David Lander exposes the naked truth by fearlessly whipping the towel of falsehood away and pointing.

David Lander reports on the implications of revolutionary methods of baby production. Stephen Fry stars as the spoof investigative reporter. From September 1985.

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David Lander reports on the implications of revolutionary methods of baby production. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1985.

David Lander investigates the practical and ethical implications of new methods of baby production. Starring Stephen Fry.

David Lander investigates the overall implications of new methods of baby production. With Stephen Fry and Tony Robinson.

Whose Baby? David Lander investigates the overall implications of new methods of baby production. With Stephen Fry and Tony Robinson.

0203The Secret Dis-service1985092020031002 (BBC7)
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David Lander probes MI5 in a tale of dirty tricks, purple herrings and mauve sheep.

Stars Stephen Fry.

From September 1985.

David Lander investigates MI5 in a tale of dirty tricks, purple herrings and mauve sheep.

Who are the people who watch over us?

Who watches over them?

And is the media censored?

David Lander investigates.

What is the shop in XXXXX really used for and is the media censored?

Delve Special looks at the activities of our state security services, and in particular at the Ministry of Defence Research Unit at Southborough.

Presented by David Lander, with the assistance of Stephen Fry.

Studio production by Brenda Blethyn, Tony Robinson, Jack Klaff and

Stephen Frost

Dramatic reconstructions by Felicity Montagu, Robert Bathurst and Phil

Nice.

This was intended as the first episode of the series.

Who are the people who watch over us? And is the media censored? David Lander investigates.

With Stephen Fry and Brenda Blethyn.

David Lander probes MI5 in a tale of dirty tricks, purple herrings and mauve sheep. Stars Stephen Fry as the spoof investigative journalist. From September 1985.

David Lander probes MI5 in a tale of dirty tricks, purple herrings and mauve sheep. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1985.

Who are the people who watch over us? Who watches over them? And is the media censored? David Lander investigates. Episode 1 of 4.

Who are the people who watch over us? And is the media censored? David Lander investigates. Episode 1 of 4.

Who are the people who watch over us? Who watches over them? What is the shop in XXXXX really used for and is the media censored?

David Lander investigates MI5 in a tale of dirty tricks, purple herrings and mauve sheep. With Stephen Fry and Brenda Blethyn.

Meet David Lander - seeker of truth and turner of unturned stones. Starring Stephen Fry.

Seeker of truth and turner of unturned stones.

Meet David Lander - seeker of truth and turner of unturned stones.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

0204 LASTDouble Agent Russell Nicholson1985092720031009 (BBC7)
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David Lander interviews a notorious double agent in his luxury home in Bulgaria.

With Stephen Fry and Brenda Blethyn.

Russell Nicholson joined MI5 in 1953.

In 1959 he joined the KGB.

David Lander presents a profile of this notorious spy and interviews him at his luxury home in Bulgaria.

Studio production by Stephen Fry assisted by Jack Klaff, Andrew Sachs,

Brenda Blethyn and Felicity Montagu

Dramatic reconstructions by Robert Bathurst and Tony Robinson.

Reporter David Lander interviews the notorious spy at his luxury home in Bulgaria.

Stars Stephen Fry.

From September 1985.

Reporter David Lander interviews the notorious spy at his luxury home in Bulgaria. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1985.

David Lander interviews a notorious double agent in his luxury home in Bulgaria. With Stephen Fry and Brenda Blethyn.

David Lander interviews notorious double agent Russell Nicholson in his luxury home in Bulgaria. With Stephen Fry.

David Lander interviews notorious double agent Russell Nicholson in Bulgaria. Stephen Fry, Andrew Sachs and Tony Robinson star.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

0301A Rocket For Defence1986090520031016 (BBC7)
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Reporter David Lander investigates whether we really need the new 'Sea Snake' torpedo.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

Nuclear weapons cost the British taxpayer 700 a year.

But would we be better off with more door locks and a holiday in Bermuda?

Reporter David Lander investigates whether we really need the new 'Sea Snake' torpedo. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1986.

Nuclear weapons cost the British taxpayer £700 a year. But would we be better off with more door locks and a holiday in Bermuda?

Nuclear weapons cost Brits £700 a year in taxes. But would we be better off with another door lock and a fortnight in Bermuda?

David Lander investigates whether we'd be better off with just another door lock and a fortnight in Bermuda? With Stephen Fry.

0302Cowboys1986091220031023 (BBC7)
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Reporter David Lander investigates Britain's cowboy builders.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

When a builder burns their house down, Ronald and Yvonne go to their solicitor.

But that's when their troubles really start.

When a builder burnt their house down, Ronald and Yvonne went to their solicitor.

But that's when their troubles really started.

David Lander investigates bungling builders - and the misfortunes of the Worthingtons.

Stars Dawn French.

Stars Stephen Fry and Dawn French.

From September 1986.

Reporter David Lander investigates Britain's cowboy builders. Stars Stephen Fry and Dawn French. From September 1986.

Reporter David Lander investigates Britain's cowboy builders. From September 1986.

When a builder burnt their house down, Ronald and Yvonne went to their solicitor. But that's when their troubles really started.

When a builder burnt their house down, Ronald and Yvonne consulted their solicitor. It was a bad move! David Lander delves.

When a builder burns their house down, Ronald and Yvonne go to their solicitor. But that's when their troubles really start.

David Lander investigates bungling builders - and the misfortunes of the Worthingtons. Starring Stephen Fry and Dawn French.

0303Food For Thought1986091920031030 (BBC7)
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Reporter David Lander investigates the worrying impact of a new food additive.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

Reporter David Lander investigates the worrying impact of a new food additive. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1986.

Reporter David Lander investigates the worrying impact of a new food additive. From 1986.

If we are what we eat, are we a nation of headless chickens with no giblets?

David Lander probes the food we eat and the worry over new additive N7Q.

David Lander investigates whether a food additive causes reverse talking.

David Lander investigates whether a food additive causes reverse talking and improper thoughts towards cows.

Stars Stephen Fry.

From September 1986.

From 1986.

David Lander probes MI5 in a tale of dirty tricks, purple herrings and mauve sheep. Stars Stephen Fry as the spoof investigative journalist. From September 1985.

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If we are what we eat, are we a nation of headless chickens with no giblets? David Lander investigates.

David Lander investigates whether a food additive causes reverse talking and improper thoughts towards cows. Stars Stephen Fry.

0304 LASTCity Limits1986092619850927
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Money men can make a killing, but are they getting away with murder?

David Lander probes a Venture Capital Syndicate.

Starring Stephen Fry.

David Lander investigates shady shenanigans in the Square Mile.

With Stephen Fry and Harry Enfield.

From September 1986.

David Lander probes shady shenanigans in London's Square Mile.

Stars Stephen Fry and Harry Enfield.

David Lander probes shady shenanigans in London's Square Mile. Stars Stephen Fry and Harry Enfield. From September 1986.

David Lander probes shady shenanigans in London's Square Mile. From September 1986.

Money men can make a killing, but are they getting away with murder? David Lander probes a venture capital syndicate. Starring Stephen Fry.

Money men can make a killing, but are they getting away with murder? David Lander probes a Venture Capital Syndicate.

Spoof report series, in which an incompetent investigator tackles various subjects

0401There's One Born Again Every Minute1987082820040603 (BBC7)
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Intrepid reporter David Lander investigates the Sincere Repentist Church. Stars Stephen Fry and Harry Enfield. From August 1987.

Intrepid reporter David Lander investigates the Sincere Repentist Church. With Stephen Fry

Intrepid reporter David Lander investigates the Sincere Repentist Church.

David Lander looks at unorthodox religions, and in particular The Sincere Repentist Church led by Joshua Fratt.

0402Bitter Harvest1987090419870905
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Probing pesticides and agricultural policy - David Lander asks if farming is in crisis.

David Lander looks at factory farming, pesticides, and plumbs the depths of E.E.C.

Agricultural Policy.

David Lander looks at factory farming, pesticides, and plumbs the depths of EEC Agricultural Policy.

David Lander looks at factory farming and the use of pesticides, and enters the complex world of E.E.C.

Probing pesticides and agricultural policy - intrepid reporter David Lander asks if farming is in crisis.

Probing pesticides and agricultural policy, intrepid reporter David Lander asks if farming is in crisis. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1987.

David Lander looks at factory farming, pesticides, and plumbs the depths of EEC Agricultural Policy. Stars Stephen Fry.

David Lander looks at factory farming and the use of pesticides, and enters the complex world of E.E.C. Agricultural Policy.

0403The Not So Supergrasses1987091120031127 (BBC7)
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Supergrasses are criminals.

Criminals are liars.

Policemen believe supergrasses.

Why? David Lander investigates.

If criminals are liars, David Lander asks why the police believe crooked informers. Stars Stephen Fry.

If criminals are liars, David Lander asks why the police believe crooked informers.

Supergrasses are criminals. Criminals are liars. Policemen believe supergrasses. Why? David Lander investigates.

0404 LASTThe Resurrection Of St Jerome1987091820031204 (BBC7)
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In 1986, a popular uprising on the island of St.

Jerome ended the despotic rule of Felipe Delnazo.

David Lander investigates.

David Lander investigates the rise and fall of Caribbean despot Felipe Delnazo.

Reporter David Lander probes the rise and fall of Caribbean despot Felipe Delnazo.

Intrepid reporter David Lander probes the rise and fall of Caribbean despot Felipe Delnazo. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1987.

Reporter David Lander probes the rise and fall of Caribbean despot Felipe Delnazo. Stars Stephen Fry. From September 1987.

David Lander investigates the rise and fall of Caribbean despot Felipe Delnazo. From 1987.

In 1986, an uprising on the island of St Jerome ended the rule of Felipe Delnazo. David Lander examines the events that led to his fall.

In 1986, a popular uprising on the island of St. Jerome ended the despotic rule of Felipe Delnazo. David Lander investigates.

David Lander examines the 1986 popular uprising on the Caribbean island of St Jerome.