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- Season 1 Episode 3: The Golden Age
The historian tells the story of one of the first high-profile killers - Dr Crippen, who was hanged in 1910 for poisoning and dismembering his wife - before turning her attention to the interwar period, when detective fiction reached the peak of its popularity at the hands of authors Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers. After undergoing the elaborate initiation ceremony of the Detection Club, which was set up by a group of British writers in 1930, Lucy considers how Alfred Hitchcock's films and Graham Greene's books eclipsed the traditional murder-mystery story in the depiction of homicide
- Season 1 Episode 2: Detection Most Ingenious
In the second programme, the historian explores how science and detection influenced the popular culture of murder during Victorian times. Writers including Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins were fascinated by grisly crimes, and the literary genre that came out of it captured the imagination of readers. The presenter also reveals that when Jack the Ripper began his reign of terror in London at the same time Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published, the idea of the serial killer was introduced to the British public
- Season 1 Episode 1: The New Taste for Blood
An examination of the dark history behind Britain's fascination with murder. In the first edition, historian and curator Lucy Worsley explores how notorious killings were transformed into popular entertainment in the first half of the 19th century
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