A Very British Murder (3 x 60′) Dr Lucy Worsley chronicles our national obsession with the most awful of crimes – murder. From the start of the 19th century to the 1930s, the British would pore over the details of the latest grisly killing; this series will delve into the period to unravel the classic British murder and show how it came to play a part in our national psyche.
Lucy will use archive sources and police reports to demonstrate how these crimes were the result of the historic and social circumstances in which they took place. She’ll also show how British murders became our national entertainment – inspiring anything from puppet shows to novels.
A fusion of social and literary history, A Very British Murder will reveal how real-life events inspired authors including Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie; Lucy will deconstruct literature which drew on actual crimes, showing how fictional terror was inspired by real cases and killers. Following the ‘Golden Age’ of Murder through to its demise, it will uncover the truth about a very British infatuation.
Producer: BBC Bristol Productions
Source: BBC press release