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The Nelsons and Margaret Marchant

The story of an Edwardian family trapped in welfare dependency and a mother accused of a shocking crime against her own child.

The story of an Edwardian family trapped in welfare dependency and a mother accused of a shocking crime against her own child. Did the handouts given to Susan Nelson's family by a prosperous charity visitor provide her descendants with the chance to move up in life or was it all down to their own hard graft?

More than a hundred years on, some of Susan's descendants are still locked in patterns of benefit dependency, while others have freed their families from the desperate poverty of their ancestor. Meanwhile, a descendant of Susan's benefactor discovers why her well-to-do ancestor decided to cut off financial support for Susan just when she needed it most.

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Fri 9 Aug 2019 00:00

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    Nils Frahm

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    Katherine Jenkins & Vera Lynn

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Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Ruth Shurman
Producer Havana Marking
Director Havana Marking
Series Producer Joseph Bullman
Assistant Producer Nicola Harris

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