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A Very British Murder

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We were becoming a much more humane society by then, and in fact had been thus since 1823, when the Judgement of Death Act reduced the number of capital crimes to those guilty of treason, murder or piracy. One is George Orwell, and it’s his 1946 essay “Decline of the English Murder” that Worsley kicks off with.

I found the history of the police and detective forces, developing from the older system of constables and watchmen, particularly interesting. I am taking an acting lesson to learn about ‘melodrama’, an over-the-top, flamboyant form of theatre, rather like modern pantomime.Hi Lucy, loved all your TV series and looking forward to your Very British Murder series later this month. The public did not like Wilson's assessments and he received hundreds of letters berating him for his lack of discernment over the lady authors. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

This fascination helped create a whole new world of entertainment, inspiring novels, plays and films, puppet shows, paintings and true-crime journalism - as well as an army of fictional detectives who still enthral us today. For example, the murder of Maria Marten inspired one of the most popular ballads of 1828 and from there, the book looks at other murder paraphernalia, such as ceramic figures.At a point during the birth of modern Britain, murder entered our national psyche, and it’s been a part of us ever since. The Victorians believed that this new sophistication in the ‘art’ of murder was caused by the growing industry of life insurance.

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