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Gillian Patcher re-investigates the case of the last woman to be hanged in Britain

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  • DOCUMENTARY The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story, 9pm, BBC Four

    This three-part documentary takes a deep dive into the case of the last woman to be hanged in Britain, Ruth Ellis, after she was found guilty of shooting her lover David Blakely outside a pub in Hampstead. Gillian Pachter leads this new investigation of the case, uncovering how differently – or not – things could have turned out for Ellis. Classic 1950s sexism, ignorance towards domestic violence and the obsession with Ellis' looks all seem to have played a part in her alleged mistreatment.

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