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RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 15:43:00






IMHO this looks very good



WaxingNinja Mon 31-Oct-16 15:45:37

Ooh thanks for the reminder, I'll be watching. It looks really good and I love Joanne Froggat.

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 16:37:05

You're welcome smile

I saw a fascinating programme about Mary Ann Cotton a while ago so interested in how they show what she did

I do think it will be a rush in 2 episodes though which is a shame cos on ITV that means 2 x 46 mins

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 16:46:52

oooooooops sorry blushblushblushblushblush

Just checked and it is actually 1 hour 30 mins

So 9pm - 10.30pm

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 17:09:04

There are (clearly unintentional) shades of black comedy in this grim two part dramatisation of the [real] life of Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. Simply because two parts isn’t enough to accommodate comfortably all of Cotton’s bereavements and, later, murders.

So one after the other, with almost indecent haste, her children die then she starts poisoning her unfortunate spouses with arsenic for their life insurance money.

Downton’s Joanne Froggatt plays Cotton and it’s a thankless role as there’s little time for us to get to know Mary before she’s making deadly tea with a dark look on her face, or furiously coupling with a charming layabout who catches her eye or looking scheming in a shawl.

There’s good support from Alun Armstrong as her pub-owning, God-fearing stepfather and the evocation of a horribly hard life by the sea in 19th century north-east England is suitably vivid.


Part one of two. Fact-based period crime drama about serial poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, who raised herself socially and financially through adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder. It is 1857 and 24-year-old Mary Ann returns to Seaham, Co Durham after four years away, having eloped to Cornwall with Billy Mowbray. The couple then move to Sunderland, where Mary Ann begins an affair with miner Joe Nattrass and decides she has had enough of Billy, lacing his tea with arsenic powder. Joanne Froggatt stars, with Jonas Armstrong and Alun Armstrong.


Mary Ann Joanne Froggatt
Joe Nattrass Jonas Armstrong
Maggie Cotton Laura Morgan
Helen Robinson Emma Fielding
James Robinson Sam Hoare
George Stott Alun Armstrong
William Calcraft Seamus O'Neill
Billy Mowbray Tom Varey
Margaret Stott Penny Layden
Insurance agent George Potts
Seaham minister Paul Bentall
Mr Brownlee Bill Fellows
Sunderland doctor Mike Burnside
Dr John Maling John Hollingworth
George Ward Thomas Howes
Sunderland minister Nigel Cooke
Mr Johnson John Bowler
William Robinson George Kent
Elizabeth Robinson Hayley Walters
James Robinson Jr Alexander McMonigle
Sunderland vicar Michael Culkin
Isabella Mowbray (3 years) Isobel Dobson
Isabella Mowbray (7 years) Isla McMonigle
Director Brian Percival
Producer Jake Lushington
Writer Gwyneth Hughes

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 17:10:22

They aren't my comments/review above/below I c&p from RT website

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 31-Oct-16 17:11:50

Looking forward to watching as she's infamous here in Sunderland .

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 17:13:57


RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 17:22:02

Here is a very interesting article by Prof David Wilson about Mary Ann Cotton

Angelto5 Mon 31-Oct-16 17:27:33

Will be taping it as it clashes with the walking dead.

It looks very interesting.

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 17:33:42

That is interesting Ken Dodd

I am in NW London/Herts - I know about her cos people like her are intriguing to me (weird I know) but not many people that I talk to about her or Prof David Wilson know who I am talking about

I am a huge fan of Prof David Wilson and would love to be one of his students

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 18:15:04

Bumpity bump

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 18:56:36

Here is some more information about MARY ANN COTTON

ilovesooty Mon 31-Oct-16 18:59:38

When is the second episode?

Justonemorecupoftea Mon 31-Oct-16 18:59:41

Partly filmed in my home town of Saltburn by the sea, worth watching just for that imho smile

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 31-Oct-16 19:09:20

Ah Saltburn is gorgeous

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 19:57:54

Episode 2 is same time next Monday

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 20:04:07

Bumpity bump

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 20:37:30



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Cocolepew Mon 31-Oct-16 21:26:05

Im lost. She had the older child, with her at her mums? The baby died that she arrived with is that right?
So the new Mary Margaret is now walking and shes only seeing the bloke, from the shop again now.

RTKangaMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 21:53:19

That is the thing the time lapsed is much longer than they are showing iyswim

So the baby they named same name as one that died

Her DH was away at sea and joe came in then next baby from him died

So then she kills DH

Yoksha Mon 31-Oct-16 22:46:03

Oooh I enjoyed this, but it did make for uncomfortable viewing. Thanks for the heads up OP. Can't wait for the next episode.

Greydog Mon 31-Oct-16 22:51:09

Thought this was a real let down. She managed to maintain clean, flowing locks and make up throughout. Didn't like it all, and was really looking forward to it

Groovee Mon 31-Oct-16 23:06:48

I quite enjoyed it.

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