5 episodes

In 1970, three-year-old Cheryl Grimmer was taken from an Australian beach. No-one knows what happened. Fifty years on - can the mystery be solved?

Fairy Meadow BBC Radio 4

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    • 4.9 • 84 Ratings

In 1970, three-year-old Cheryl Grimmer was taken from an Australian beach. No-one knows what happened. Fifty years on - can the mystery be solved?

    4. I Was Never There

    4. I Was Never There

    Nearly half a century after 3 year old Cheryl Grimmer goes missing from an Australian beach, the police make an arrest. Meanwhile, Ricki heads to the other side of the world.

    BBC News Correspondent Jon Kay meets him in Bristol, where he visits his old family home and catches up with his British relatives as the trial looms.

    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Chris Ledgard
    Music: Elizabeth Purnell
    Studio Engineer: Jacques Sweeney
    Editor: James Cook

    • 33 min
    3. Somebody Of Interest

    3. Somebody Of Interest

    The Grimmer family have always hung on to the idea that somehow Cheryl might still be alive. Then, out of the blue, Ricki gets a call from the police which seems to put an end to their hopes.

    BBC News Correspondent Jon Kay continues his investigation into the disappearance of 3 year old Cheryl Grimmer from an Australian beach in 1970. He meets one of the two detectives involved in a cold case review. There's someone the police want to talk to.

    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Chris Ledgard
    Music: Elizabeth Purnell
    Studio engineer: Jacques Sweeney
    Editor: James Cook

    • 20 min
    2. A Ransom Note

    2. A Ransom Note

    The Grimmer family are thousands of miles from home, and the Fairy Meadow migrant hostel is a lonely place in the days after Cheryl's disappearance. Then a note arrives from someone claiming to be the kidnapper. There's a rendezvous and a demand for cash...

    BBC News Correspondent Jon Kay continues his investigation into the abduction of 3 year old Cheryl Grimmer from a beach in New South Wales, Australia in 1970.

    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Chris Ledgard
    Music: Elizabeth Purnell
    Studio engineer: Jacques Sweeney
    Editor: James Cook

    • 29 min
    1. When The Wind Changed

    1. When The Wind Changed

    The Grimmer family moved from the UK to Australia in 1969. They were "ten-pound poms" - part of a huge wave of migration down under.

    Months later, 3-year-old Cheryl Grimmer disappeared from Fairy Meadow beach in New South Wales. She was never seen again. In the moments before she vanished, she was being looked after by her oldest brother, Ricki. He was just 7.

    This is the story of that day, and of its impact in the months, years and decades that followed. It's Ricki's story - his desperate search for answers, and his battle with guilt.

    And it's the story of an extraordinary police enquiry that was dramatically re-started almost 50 years after Cheryl was taken.

    BBC News Correspondent Jon Kay has been investigating the case in Australia and in the UK since 2016. With exclusive access to the family and the investigating officers, he begins an 8-part exploration of this moving, gripping tale.

    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Chris Ledgard
    Music: Elizabeth Purnell
    Studio engineer: Jacques Sweeney
    Editor: James Cook

    • 27 min
    Coming Soon

    Coming Soon

    A summer's day, 1970, and a mum and her four kids are on a beach in Australia. They're migrants, newly arrived from the UK, part of the generation of "ten-pound poms" looking for a fresh start down under.

    The oldest child, Ricki, takes his little sister, Cheryl, up to the changing blocks. Cheryl is never seen again.

    This is the story of what really happens to a family after a child goes missing. It's the story of Ricki's guilt and how it changed his life. And it's the story of a mystery that won't go away. Because nearly half a century after Cheryl disappeared, the case is moving again...

    Fairy Meadow is presented by BBC News correspondent Jon Kay and produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Chris Ledgard.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

first time nan ,

Essy

I loved this podcast (sad for the family ) , great story telling .

Rob M U rphy ,

Compelling

This is a powerful, compelling, heartbreaking podcast. Jon Kay has a wonderful tone. He’s able to tell this awful story with a refreshing lightness of touch. Brilliant contributors. A wonderful production.

Georgie1909 ,

Fascinating 2 episodes in

I hope the similarities to the Beaumont missing children in 1966 is discussed

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