Assassins [David Pownall]

Episodes

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01The Virgin Knife1999022520181126 (BBC7)

On July 13 1793, Charlotte Corday, a young girl from Caen in Normandy, journeyed to Paris. Her sole aim was to kill Jean Paul Marat, while he sat in his bath. But what drove her to such extremes?

The first of three plays by David Pownall exploring the hearts and minds of three of history's most celebrated killers.

Samantha Bond stars Charlotte Corday and Gerard Murphy as Jean Paul Marat.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.

Why did Charlotte Corday travel to Paris in 1793 with the aim of killing Jean Paul Marat?

Dramas and a documentary to celebrate the prolific British playwright and author

02A Mere Five Thousand Pounds1999030420181127 (BBC7)

On a sunny day in May 1812, as Napoleon's armies massed on the Russian borders, Liverpudlian timber merchant, John Bellingham was feeling aggrieved.

He entered the House of Commons and shot dead the prime minister, Spencer Perceval.

Second of three plays by David Pownall exploring the hearts and minds of three of history's most celebrated killers.

David Horovitch stars as John Bellingham.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.

How aggrieved timber merchant John Bellingham shot prime minister Spencer Perceval dead.

Dramas and a documentary to celebrate the prolific British playwright and author

03Sic Semper Tyrannis1999031120181128 (BBC7)

April 14th 1865: Thirty minutes into the performance of 'Our American Cousin', at the Ford Theatre, Washington, John Wilkes Booth entered President Abraham Lincoln's State Box, and shot him dead.

What set of remarkable circumstances led up to an event that in its time was as momentous as the assassination of JF Kennedy?

The last of three plays by David Pownall exploring the hearts and minds of three of history's most celebrated killers.

Nathan Osgood stars as John Wilkes Booth and Carlos Antonio as Davey Herold.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.

When John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln dead.

Dramas and a documentary to celebrate the prolific British playwright and author