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Murder on the Victorian Railway

Documentary looking at the first murder on Britain's railways. On a Hackney bound train in 1864, a guard discovers blood in a first-class carriage and a body on the embankment.

London 1864. On a Hackney bound train, a guard discovers blood in a first-class carriage - and a body on the railway embankment. For the first time, a murder has taken place on Britain's railways. Over a hundred years later, this single documentary for BBC Two uses the first-hand testimony of the people involved at the time to explore this unique event and how it provoked a huge public outcry and debate.

The story quickly became a news sensation as the dangers of the brave new world of the train were laid bare. Over a hundred years later, the witnesses to this story may be long dead but their words survive in court transcripts, memoirs, letters and vivid journalism. These testimonies are now used to tell the story, taking the documentary deep into the 19th century to meet an extraordinary cross section of real-life Victorian London - from the engine driver who found the body to the detective in charge of the investigation. Who killed Mr Briggs?

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 21 Mar 2015 20:15


Role Contributor
Frederick Wicks Ben Addis
Richard Tanner Robert Whitelock
Jonathan Matthews Jim Conway
Elizabeth Jones Teresa Churcher
Thomas Briggs Junior Patrick Warner
Mary Ann Eldred Genevieve Barr
Director Chris Durlacher


  • Thu 21 Feb 2013 21:00
  • Mon 25 Feb 2013 23:50
  • Tue 26 Feb 2013 23:35
  • Sat 21 Mar 2015 20:15

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