The Real Patron Saints

Ian Hislop delves into the history of the patron saints of Britain and Ireland.

Episodes

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How did a fifth-century preacher become the toast of Dublin, Manhattan and even Lagos?

Associated with the Shamrock, how did a 5th-century British preacher become Ireland's patron saint? Ian Hislop investigates.

4 Extra Debut. Associated with the Shamrock, how did a 5th century British preacher become Ireland's Patron Saint? Ian Hislop investigates.

How did a 5th century British preacher become Ireland's Patron Saint? With Ian Hislop.

How did a fifth-century preacher become the toast of Dublin, Manhattan and even Lagos?

4 Extra Debut. Associated with the Shamrock, how did a 5th century British preacher become Ireland's Patron Saint? Ian Hislop investigates.

How did a 5th century British preacher become Ireland's Patron Saint? With Ian Hislop.

How did a fifth-century preacher become the toast of Dublin, Manhattan and even Lagos?

Associated with the Shamrock, how did a 5th-century British preacher become Ireland's patron saint? Ian Hislop investigates.

How did a 5th century British preacher become Ireland's Patron Saint? With Ian Hislop.

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The patron saint of Wales was a monk, conceived as a result of a sexual assault, who liked to stand up to his neck in freezing cold water. Ian Hislop investigates.

How did a monk keen on standing in freezing cold water become the Patron Saint of Wales?

How did a monk keen on standing in freezing cold water become the Patron Saint of Wales? Ian Hislop investigates.

The patron saint of Wales was a monk, conceived as a result of a sexual assault, who liked to stand up to his neck in freezing cold water.

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How did a Palestinian fisherman who'd never even heard of Scotland become the country's patron saint? Ian Hislop investigates.

How did a Palestinian fisherman who had never heard of Scotland become its patron saint?

How did a Palestinian fisherman who had never even heard of Scotland become the patron saint? Have the Scots got the wrong man?

Ian Hislop pieces together a rather unsaintly tale of Andrew the apostle posthumously elbowing out his local rivals to the title, only to be challenged in later years by a romantic drunk, a poet - and Mel Gibson.

Part of Ian Hislop's investigation into the conflicting and confusing history of the four national saints.

Producer: Philip Sellars.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

How did a Palestinian fisherman who had never heard of Scotland become the country's patron saint?

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Ian Hislop chases dragons, crusaders and a large joint of roast beef searching for the real patron saint of England. From August 2002.

Dragons, crusaders and a joint of roast beef feature in a hunt for the man behind the myth

A quest for dragons, crusaders and a large joint of roast beef feature in his search for the man behind the myths.

A quest for dragons, crusaders and a large joint of roast beef feature in his search for the man behind the myths.

Dragons, crusaders and a joint of roast beef feature in a hunt for the man behind the myth

Ian Hislop chases dragons, crusaders and a large joint of roast beef searching for the real patron saint of England. From August 2002.

Dragons, crusaders and a joint of roast beef feature in a hunt for the man behind the myth

Ian Hislop chases dragons, crusaders and a large joint of roast beef searching for the real patron saint of England. From August 2002.