In episode three Gillian turns her attention to Ruth's execution and the last-minute attempts to save her life even though Ruth herself was determined to die. Gillian explores the role of ... See full summary »

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Gillian Pachter

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Gillian Pachter Gillian Pachter ... Herself
Scooter Crick Scooter Crick ... Andre
Emma Miranda Moore ... Ruth Ellis
David Emmings David Emmings ... Desmond Cussen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roderick Bailey Roderick Bailey ... Himself - Second World War Historian (as Dr Roderick Bailey)
Derek Bentley Derek Bentley ... Himself (archive footage)
David Bickford David Bickford ... Himself (archive footage)
David Blakely David Blakely ... Himself (archive footage)
Duncan Campbell Duncan Campbell ... Himself - Journalist and Crime Reporter
John Christie ... Himself (archive footage)
Desmond Cussen Desmond Cussen ... Himself (archive footage)
Edward Cussen Edward Cussen ... Himself (archive footage)
Simon Davey Simon Davey ... Himself - Detective
Jackie Dyer Jackie Dyer ... Herself (archive footage)
George Ellis George Ellis ... Himself (archive footage)
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In episode three Gillian turns her attention to Ruth's execution and the last-minute attempts to save her life even though Ruth herself was determined to die. Gillian explores the role of her case in the introduction of the defence of diminished responsibility in England and its place in the eventual abolition of capital punishment in Britain in 1965. But Ruth's personal legacy is much more tragic as Gillian explores the effects of the events of 1955 on Ruth's family. This takes Gillian to a taped conversation recorded by Ruth's son in the 1980s, where his despair at what happened when he was ten is movingly clear; Andre lost his mother and he lost David who he loved. He took his own life in the 1980s and today his ashes are close to his mother's in a cemetery in Hertfordshire not far from where David Blakely was buried. Three victims of a truly tragic set of circumstances. Written by AnonymousB

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2018 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Stereo
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