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The year is 1905 and Powerscourt is sent to Ireland to investigate a series of art thefts from stately houses. Motive troubles Powerscourt; were these robberies merely for gain? A number of Old Masters had been left untouched and the ones taken were all ancient family portraits of the aristocratic Protestant gentry. Are these thefts political?
With an honours degree in Classics from Cambridge, David Dickinson joined the BBC where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama as well as series editor on Monarchy. He lives in Barnes, West London.