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9/18/2007 04:37:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

This coming Sunday, September 23rd, BBC Radio 4 will be airing the first episode of a new documentary series, The Preposterous Files, investigating the history of strange stories from the files of Britain's National Archives.

The opening episode is called "Metropolitan Police: The Tardis", and looks at various reports on police public call boxes, compiled by Britain's Home Office.

Historian Julian Putkowski, who presents the programme, tells the new issue of the BBC's Radio Timeslistings magazine: "[The documents] show a very tradtional organisation, in this case the Metropolitan Police, struggling to change, to keep up with their competitors (the criminals), implementing, for want of a better expression, IT. That's one version of events. However, it turns out the box wasn't to keep tabs on the crooks but on the policemen! The inspectors would call every hour to check up on their whereabouts."

"The Preposterous Files - Metropolitan Police: The Tardis" is on BBC Radio 4 this Sunday from 2.45 to 3.00pm. Overseas fans can listen live at bbc.co.uk/radio4.