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A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley

  • 2013
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • Lifestyle
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Episode 1: The New Taste for Blood

Summary

An examination of the dark history behind Britain's fascination with murder, beginning with historian and curator Lucy Worsley exploring how notorious killings were transformed into popular entertainment in the first half of the 19th century.

Review

Historian Lucy Worsley has a high old time, creeping around dark corridors with a flickering candle and later dressing as a condemned killer at the Old Bailey as she wonders why the British are so obsessed by a “good murder”.

She looks at a handful of cases that transfixed the public, who sucked up every pinprick of detail in the newspapers and celebrated slayings in plays and even songs. The 1811 mass killings in the East End of London, the Ratcliffe Highway Murders, and their effect on an excitable population, attracted the attention of opium junkie and writer Thomas De Quincey, who wrote a borderline satirical essay on the slaughter. And after Maria Marten was murdered in Suffolk by her lover, the lurid melodrama Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn, became a hit stage play. Naturally Worsley dons a mobcap to play Maria.

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Released on
2013-09-23
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Crew

rolename
PresenterLucy Worsley
DirectorGerry Dawson
ProducerGerry Dawson
UnknownAlastair Laurence
UnknownMichael Poole

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  • Summary

    An examination of the dark history behind Britain's fascination with murder, beginning with historian and curator Lucy Worsley exploring how notorious killings were transformed into popular entertainment in the first half of the 19th century.

    Review

    Historian Lucy Worsley has a high old time, creeping around dark corridors with a flickering candle and later dressing as a condemned killer at the Old Bailey as she wonders why the British are so obsessed by a “good murder”.

    She looks at a handful of cases that transfixed the public, who sucked up every pinprick of detail in the newspapers and celebrated slayings in plays and even songs. The 1811 mass killings in the East End of London, the Ratcliffe Highway Murders, and their effect on an excitable population, attracted the attention of opium junkie and writer Thomas De Quincey, who wrote a borderline satirical essay on the slaughter. And after Maria Marten was murdered in Suffolk by her lover, the lurid melodrama Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn, became a hit stage play. Naturally Worsley dons a mobcap to play Maria.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2013-09-23
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterLucy Worsley
    DirectorGerry Dawson
    ProducerGerry Dawson
    UnknownAlastair Laurence
    UnknownMichael Poole
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