Raffles Documentary (With contributions by Dr John van Wyhe)

January 13, 2015

Raffles Revealed is a new documentary series by Channel News Asia "packed with adventure, intrigue, conflict and tragedy. Exploring the untold story of Sir Stamford Raffles, Dr Julian Davison follows his footsteps around the world. Examining Raffles' greatest achievements and darkest deeds, we uncover this extraordinary life." With contributions by Dr John van Wyhe, Fellow of Tembusu College.

Check out the episodes here.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.