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08The Case Of The Missing Cezanne2015081520200830 (R4)Steve Punt turns Private Investigator and tries to crack the case of the missing Cézanne masterpiece 'Auvers sur Oise'.

The painting was stolen from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford whilst the city celebrated the millennium, and has not been seen since.

His search takes him from the crime scene to the Mayfair art world, via leads at Scotland Yard and sightings on a pub wall in Coventry.

With a watchful eye for any Mr Big who may be behind a painting reportedly "stolen to order", Punt PI enters the murky world of stolen art. But how close can he get to the stolen Cézanne?

Producer Neil McCarthy

Steve Punt searches for the Cezanne masterpiece, stolen during the millennium celebrations

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

08The Great Mull Air Mystery2015082220200906 (R4)On Christmas Eve 1975, former Spitfire pilot Peter Gibbs took off from the unlit airfield on the Isle of Mull and never returned.

It was a moonless night and having just finished dinner with his girlfriend at the Glenforsa Hotel, it seemed a bizarre and impetuous act.

Then Gibbs' body was discovered on a hillside, but the plane was nowhere to be seen and the story began to get stranger.

Punt heads to the Mull to investigate, but with every piece of evidence the mystery deepens.

Was Gibbs attempting an illicit flight to Northern Ireland, was he trying to fake his own death, or was it something in creepy Room 14 that was to blame?

As he tries to disentangle myth from reality, Punt hears fishy tales from a suspicious local diver, unearths the original pathologist and scrutinises the man who watched Gibbs vanish into the night.

Producer: Sarah Bowen

Steve Punt investigates how Peter Gibbs vanishes into the night on Christmas Eve 1975.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

08The Murder Of Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor2015080820200823 (R4)Steve Punt returns with a brand new series of investigations - starting with the unsolved murder of major Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor in 1922.

Taylor was one of Tinseltown's biggest names - until he was shot dead in his bungalow in February 1922. Despite a multitude of suspects, Taylor's killer was never caught.

It's a bizarre case with a multitude of suspects. Was the murderer former child star Mary Miles Minter or her controlling mother Charlotte Shelby? Or was it Taylor's rather shady private secretary Edwards Sands?

Steve casts a fresh eye over the evidence and returns to Taylor's native Ireland where he makes some surprising discoveries about the murdered movie director's past.

Producer: Laurence Grissell

Steve Punt probes the unsolved murder of Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor in 1922

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

0901The Suspicious Death Of Emile Zola2016073020170503 (R4)Steve Punt travels to Paris to investigate the death of celebrated writer Emile Zola.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

0902The Reclusive Skeleton Of Fingringhoe2016080620170504 (R4)Steve Punt visits rural Essex to explore the disappearance of actress Constance Kent.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

0903There's A Kind Of Hum2016081320170505 (R4)Steve Punt puts his ear to the ground in a search for the mysterious so-called World Hum.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

10Lost Nukes2017090220180604 (R4)Steve Punt goes in search of missing American and Russian nuclear weapons.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

Steve Punt returns as Radio 4's very own private detective.

In this tenth anniversary edition, Steve's called in to investigate the unlikely disappearance of American and Russian nuclear weapons - with assistance from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth.

At first, Steve's sceptical - surely no nuclear power could actually lose possession of weapons capable of causing Armageddon. But as his investigation gathers pace, the story starts to becomes rather disturbing.

From an H-bomb lost over Savannah, Georgia to a cache of so-called 'suitcase nukes' which rumours suggest could still be stashed in modern day Moldova, Punt weighs up the evidence - with a little detour via Dorking...

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

10Missing Priest2017091620180618 (R4)Steve Punt investigates the story of the Polish priest who disappeared in Bradford in 1953

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

One afternoon in July 1953 Father Henryk Borynski, a Polish priest living in Bradford, took a telephone call. His housekeeper heard him say "OK, I'll go". He put on his hat, and his coat and left. He was never seen again.

Many Poles fled to the United Kingdom during World War II and settled in Bradford. With the onset of the Cold War they became exiles, unable to return to Poland. In his sermons, Father Borynski was an outspoken critic of the Soviet system and many believed he could have been a victim of communist agents operating in England.

Steve Punt investigates, following leads and opening Secret Service files, to find out what might have happened to Father Borynski.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

10Taking The Pissoir?2017092320180625 (R4)Why would anyone submit a urinal as a work of art to a gallery, and then lie about it?

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

Marcel Duchamp is considered one of the great artists of the 20th century, but was his greatest achievement - Fountain - a urinal bearing the signature R. Mutt, the work of someone else?

The original Fountain has long been lost, and for many decades forgotten, but in the 1950's became such a talking point again that Duchamp decided to manufacture up to a possible 17 copies - one of which stands proud, under glass, in the Tate Modern.

Earlier this century a poll of 500 art historians voted it the most significant art work of the 20th century, for the questions it raises about art and the artist, but although the importance of 'Fountain' in the history of art is undisputed, is it certain the artist was, in fact, Duchamp?

And if it wasn't him, then who was it?

Join the dots, and the paint brush of history seems to point at the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven - a truly free spirit and radical artist, who Duchamp called 'the future'. The smoking gun is a letter written in 1917 by Duchamp to his sister Suzanne, stating "One of my female friends" had submitted the urinal as a sculpture to the exhibition, "the pseudonym Richard Mutt".

True, false, or just a fascinating theory... its one that throws an interesting light over one of the most significant works of the 20th century.

Steve Punt dons galoshes and heads for the nearest convenience.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.

10Treasure In The Piano2017090920180611 (R4)A hoard of gold coins in a piano. Who put them there, a mystery. Steve Punt investigates.

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile

A piano tuner discovers a hoard of gold coins carefully concealed inside a piano. Whoever hid it there is a mystery. Radio 4's very own Inspector Clouseau Steve Punt is on hand to piece together the clues. His detective trail leads him on a journey through Victorian music circles, the Freemasons, bankruptcy, and Shredded Wheat packets as he works out who stashed the gold.

Producer Neil McCarthy.