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About the Show

John Philip Holland was the Irish-born inventor of the modern submarine. A mild-mannered teacher, he created one of the most formidable modern weapons of war. An Irish patriot and self-taught genius whose first working submarines were funded by Irish revolutionaries, he later developed the first US and British submarines. However, his remarkable invention was exploited by US corporate interests, and his personal legacy was undermined and forgotten… until now. This programme delves into the archives to piece together his story - and that of his remarkable invention.