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2: Marmalade Droppers. Details of the most lubricious and violent crimes, read by law-abiding citizens over the breakfast table, can be so engrossing that the marmalade plops off the spoon into the newspaper.

That, at least, is how some journalists characterise the public's ambiguous attitude towards violence. While deploring its impact on our society, many people, nonetheless, find it fascinating.

Edward Stourton talks to ex-cons, reporters, editors and press analysts about why this bleaker side of human nature is the one which sells newspapers.

Producer Sue Davies. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

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Talks: Edward Stourton

Producer: Sue Davies.