Mary, Queen of Scots, soon realised her marriage to Darnley was a mistake. He did not help her run Scotland, he stayed out late drinking and spent time with other women. Instead, she came to rely on her secretary David Riccio.

Darnley became increasingly suspicious of Riccio, and blamed him for the problems in his marriage. So a jealous Darnley carried out a plot to kill Riccio, stabbing him 56 times in Mary’s private rooms at Holyrood Palace.

First broadcast:
25 January 2002

Show students the clip and ask them to make a list of the key problems faced by Mary Queen of Scots. Students can write a petition to be presented to Mary explaining her problems and the dangers faced by the monarchy in Scotland. Students can debate the extent to which Mary, and the decisions she made, were responsible for the problems she experienced.