The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story

In this investigative three-part series for BBC Four, filmmaker Gillian Pachter re-examines the Ruth Ellis case. In July 1955, Ruth was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Her crime: the cold-blooded murder of her lover David Blakely. It is a case that shocked the nation and still fascinates today. It has its place in ushering in the defence of diminished responsibility and the eventual abolishment of capital punishment. We all think we know the story, but why, when it was seemingly such an open-and-shut case, does it still divide opinion on whether Ruth Ellis got the justice she deserved? Gillian wants to find out.

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  • TheTVDB.com Series ID 344374
  • Status Ended
  • Airs Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, at 9:00pm
  • Networks BBC Four
  • Runtimes 60 minutes (3 episodes)
  • Genres Documentary
  • Original Language English
  • On Other Sites IMDB
  • Episode Screenshot Format 16:9 Screencap
  • Favorited This series has been favorited by 3 people.
  • Created March 12, 2018 by makinapufterpup
  • Modified November 13, 2019 by Administrator

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