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Les Woodland tells the story of Captain Plugge and the first station to take on the BBC.

Presenter Les Woodland tells the story of Captain Leonard Frank Plugge, the founder of Radio Normandie, which competed so successfully with the early BBC that Lord Reith was forced to compromise his principles and broadcast dance music on a Sunday.

Producer: Brian King

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2000.

The story of Captain Plugge's Radio Normandie, the first station to take on the BBC.