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BBC Radio Norfolk's Treasure Quest: Beginners' guide

Treasure Quest is an interactive radio show that unites and challenges Norfolk for three hours each Sunday morning.

In an affectionate homage to the cult TV show Treasure Hunt, BBC Radio Norfolk listeners guide reporter Becky Betts towards the hidden booty.

All Becky and show host David Clayton know to begin with is the quest's starting position, it's then over to you to decide what happens next.

You can join in the fun each Sunday on BBC Radio Norfolk from 9am - 12pm.

Becky and her pilot, radio-car driver Ian Forster, have no sat-nav or maps - so they need your help to guide them around the county.

David Clayton does have a map in the studio, but his map reading has proved a little unreliable, so the team really need your help to solve the clues and give them directions of how to get to the next location.

Either on the Sunday morning or late on the Friday night, Becky Betts and navigator Ian Forster will be told their starting point so they know where to head to, but after that, they're in the dark.

Only the Questmaster - the mysterious man who writes and hides the clues - and Martyn Weston, BBC Radio Norfolk's assistant editor, know the locations of the clues and treasure before the programme.

Becky and Ian have just three hours to solve all the clues and find the hidden treasure, otherwise they have failed.

Get involved

You can keep track of Becky's progress by tuning-in to BBC Radio Norfolk on 95.1, 95.6 and 104.4FM, 855, 873 MW, DAB or online at bbc.co.uk/norfolk.

There is a GPS tracking device fitted to the radio car so you can see exactly where they are at all times throughout the quest.

The best way to enjoy the show is to listen to it via the radio or by listening online, while watching the GPS tracking at the same time.

Our top tip - the GPS unit is activated as the treasure hunters leave The Forum, Norwich, each Sunday morning - so if you want to know where their starting point is before 9am, take a look at the interactive map.

Becky Betts

Image caption Becky Betts is Norfolk's very own answer to Anneka Rice

Becky joined BBC Radio Norfolk in 1996 as the station's CSV (Community Service Volunteers) producer.

Game for pretty much anything, Becky Betts was chosen to do the running around and clue-chasing during Treasure Quest.

Becky says what she thinks and doesn't mind the indignity of looking bedraggled in the rain and hot and bothered in the sun.

She's never claimed to be athletic so like most of us, bemoans too much running and climbing.

Becky firmly believes 'magic knickers', as she calls her support underwear, give the illusion of athleticism. She's ecstatic when she finds a clue and genuinely devastated when she fails to find the treasure.

When she isn't Treasure Questing, Becky is in charge of the Big Screen at Chapelfield Plain in Norwich.

David Clayton

Image caption David is the man with the plan as he tries to crack the clues

David's presented pretty much everything on BBC Radio Norfolk over the years and anchored the studio end of BBC Radio Norfolk's pilot Treasure Quest in Easter 2008.

The response was huge, so the station's assistant editor, Martyn Weston, persuaded David it should take over the Sunday morning programme slot from his Norfolk Years, so DC ended up taking on a similar role to Kenneth Kendall of Channel 4's Treasure Hunt.

He assures us he's nowhere near as old as Mr Kendall.

David's cool and calm under the pressure of masses of contradictory solutions to clues from listeners, but in the end, the dilemma is his to sort as he has the maps and whatever information the Questmaster deems relevant.

Every now and then a 'killer solution', as he calls it, comes in from a listener's call and confirms a theory of where to send Becky.

David says Treasure Quest is as much fun as he's ever had on the radio. It's three hours of total concentration, simply because he has to have a formal BBC apology ready in case Becky utters a swear word!

Ian Forster

Image caption Ian Forster knows Norfolk's roads 'out the back of his hand'

He's fearless (but very careful) behind the wheel of the radio car and in his fetching combat trousers gets Becky in and out of all sorts of scrapes safely.

Fortunately, Ian has a proper job and only pitches up to BBC Radio Norfolk as the official Treasure Quest pilot on Sunday mornings.

He pretty much knows his way round the county blindfolded, which is a great help, and he's also happy to take over when Becky's fear of heights, water, enclosed spaces and women much thinner than her get in the way of finding a clue.

Ian is also the Treasure Quest photographer, documenting the journey around Norfolk so the pictures can go on our Facebook group.

The Questmaster

Image caption The Questmaster likes to keep his identity a secret

Some say he sleeps with his head resting on a pile of old encyclopedias and that he has a road map of Norfolk tattooed on his body - all we know is, he's called The Questmaster.

He is really Paul Hayes and works in what the BBC call Bi-Media, helping the Look East reporters turn their TV into radio - but he keeps a low profile, and so he should.

Single-handedly he's responsible for many a lawn not being cut nor DIY being tackled as Norfolk folk are hunched over maps, computers and books trying to unravel his fiendishly cryptic clues every Sunday.

The Questmaster tells David, Becky and Ian the minimum information they need to know and occasionally will offer a supplementary clue.

The radio car

Image caption BBC Radio Norfolk's great-when-it-works radio car

It's the other 'star' of the show and is the means by which Becky and Ian travel the highways and byways of Norfolk on Treasure Quest. It's BBC Radio Norfolk's mobile studio and has been since 2001.

Its mast rises 38ft into the air giving it a great broadcasting range and it can still transmit with the mast down while driving along, but its range is much more limited hence sometimes you hear Becky on a mobile phone.

It works seven days a week and 365 days a year unless it's being repaired - which it is - often.

For those of you who need to know, the radio car is a highly-modified Peugeot 806.

If you've managed to spot it recently on Norfolk's roads, it isn't a brand new vehicle, but simply undergone a bit of a revamp to turn it from red to white.

Your ideas

Neither David or Becky will see your e-mail so be as clever as you can.

If you know somewhere in your town or village that might make a great hiding place for one of our clues, send an e-mail to Treasure Quest.

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