Crime and Punishment – The Story of Capital Punishment (1 x 60′ ) – At the beginning of the 19th century it was still possible to be hanged in Britain for offences such as stealing a sheep or shooting a rabbit. Even children as young as seven were sent to the gallows. The last hanging in this country took place as recently as 1964.
By opting for a dispassionate history, rather than staging the usual polarised debate, the programme breaks new ground with its attention to detail, such as the protocols of the public execution and the “science” of hanging.
Producer: BBC Productions, Bristol
TX: Spring / Summer 2011
Source: BBC Press Office