Neil Oliver describes the events leading up to the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. Imprisoned and having lost everything, Mary decided to join a plot against Elizabeth I. When this was discovered, she was tried for treason and sentenced to death. Her son, James found himself in the difficult position of trying to save his mother, but without losing his assumed place to succeed to the English throne.

First broadcast:
8 December 2008

This clip could be used as part of a biographical study of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots as it focuses upon her final fatal mistake. It could also be used as a model of the traditional version of the Babington plot and students could then be encouraged to research the story that this plot was initiated by the Elizabethan government to trap Mary and her supporters.