Could skeleton be Richard III?
Richard III: The King In The Car Park C4, 9pm
WHEN a skeleton was found under a Leicester council car park last September, the mystery as to snooker legend Willie Thorne's whereabouts appeared to have been solved.
But, as the news broke around the world, it turned out, possibly, to be someone entirely different. Could it be, experts wondered, the remains, lost for 500 years, of England's most infamous king, Richard III?
The King In The Car Park – the title's a joke based on Elvis Presley's infamous impromptu performance on level 3 of the Midway car park in Newcastle in 1959 – has the full inside story of the hunt for the former monarch.
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The battery of scientific tests to establish the body's identity have been carried out in complete secrecy and, to date, no footage of them has been seen by anyone but the investigating team.
But this programme tells every step, twist and turn of the story, unveiling a brand new facial reconstruction made from the skull and – in scenes shot just hours before broadcast – revealing the results of the final tests that will confirm or deny the body's identity.
Clues to the body's identity include a wound to the skull and a twist in the spine, although experts admit this could have happened when an overloaded Mini Metro caused surface damage in 1979. Historical dates also tally with the bones being those of Richard III. The king is known to have been in Leicester at the time, having, three years previously, become lost on the ring road.