Julian Fellowes examines the 1902 murder of servant girl Rose Harsent, a devout member of a Methodist chapel, who was six months pregnant when stabbed to death.


Dominic Santana




Episode credited cast:
Julian Fellowes ... Himself - Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gavin Abbott Gavin Abbott ... William Gardiner
Christina Cole ... Rose Harsent
Michael Elwyn ... Reverend Guy
Sam Exley Sam Exley ... Fred Davis
Jamie Hutchinson Jamie Hutchinson ... Messenger Boy
John Joyce John Joyce ... Justice Lawrence
Ian Kirkby Ian Kirkby ... Albert Goodchild
Jon Laurimore ... Mr. Crisp
Brian Poyser Brian Poyser ... Henry Rouse
Elizabeth Rider ... Georgiana Gardiner
Raf Santana Raf Santana ... PC Nunn (as Lee Santana)
Judith Street Judith Street ... Mrs. Dickinson
Jamie Treacher ... Bob Kerridge
Karren Winchester ... Mrs. Crisp


Julian Fellowes host a re-creation of the murder of Rose Harsent who was violently killed in the home in which she worked on May 31, 1902. Rose was a housemaid and a regular attendee at Chapel. It is there that she met William Gardiner, the steward of the local church. He was married and had children but the two began spending more and more time together with Gardiner teaching her to play the organ and encouraging her to teach at Sunday school. There was a great deal of village gossip about the two, heavily promoted by one member of the community, Henry Rouse. When Rose was found to be 6 months pregnant, it only added to the heated environment and Gardiner was twice tried for her murder, but a hung jury was the result in both cases. There are several other characters, all of whom may have had a reason to kill her: her one-time fiancé, a local delivery boy and an itinerant farm worker. Although the case was never solved, Fellowes presents his own conclusions on the identity of the ... Written by garykmcd

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17 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Most Mysterious Murder: Peasenhall See more »

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