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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?

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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?

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    8. The Girl With Blonde Hair And Blue Eyes

    8. The Girl With Blonde Hair And Blue Eyes

    It's the 50th anniversary of Cheryl's disappearance and the police have an announcement to make.

    Fairy Meadow is presented by BBC News correspondent Jon Kay
    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Chris Ledgard
    Music by Elizabeth Purnell
    Studio engineer, Jacques Sweeney
    Editor, James Cook

    • 26 min
    7. Mercury's Story

    7. Mercury's Story

    Jon tries to approach Mercury to hear his side of the story.

    Producer: Chris Ledgard
    Music: Elizabeth Purnell
    Studio engineer: Jacques Sweeney
    Editor: James Cook

    • 25 min
    6. The Walk Through

    6. The Walk Through

    Frank has left the police but can't let go of Cheryl's story.
    Jon Kay continues to investigate what happened to 3 year old Cheryl Grimmer, who vanished from a beach New South Wales, Australia more than 50 years ago.

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

    • 26 min
    5. A Judgement

    5. A Judgement

    Two years after he's arrested and charged with abducting Cheryl Grimmer, Mercury appears in court in Sydney.
    BBC News Correspondent Jon Kay continues his investigation into Cheryl's story.

    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Chris Ledgard
    Music is by Elizabeth Purnell
    Jacques Sweeney is the studio engineer and the editor is James Cook

    • 24 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

JulieAnnSoeataertKing ,

Excellent investigation

So much love for Ricki - absolutely not his fault❤️ I’m sorry his dad blamed him- must have made his life gardener. Yo me he’s been a great and living brother!

CherryBlossomsblog ,

Heartbreaking but beautifully done

Such a heartbreaking story. You feel so much for Ricki and his family. I hope they are eventually able to get closure. Podcast was done respectfully and with lots of care.

Kyoostar1 ,

Outstanding Podcast

Thank you to Australian True Crime podcast for covering this case as well and recommending that we listen to the Fairy Meadow podcast. I never would have known about it otherwise. I had to make an 8 hour trip the day after hearing about it and I listened to the entire podcast during the drive. I loved it. Deeply heartbreaking but such a sensitive telling of the story. The people really come alive.

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