Presented by Paul Gittins, half-hour dramatised documentaries revealing the stories behind intriguing gravestones. Many of these stories have never been told before.
These stores behind the inscriptions include – A Glorious Death: Francis Vernon Douglas was a young New Plymouth man who had the looks to become a film star but chose the priesthood. He was based in the Philippines when war broke out. The Japanese, believing him to be a spy, tied him to a pillar in a church and tortured him for three days – but he said nothing. There is a college named after him in his hometown but mystery still surrounds his fate. Paul’s journey begins at the memorial plaque which proclaims that Father Francis died a ‘glorious death’. Sample episodes available on YouTube.