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The female of the species,
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This review is from: Ladykillers - The Complete Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
1980 ITV Granada dramatisations of the trials of six famous murderesses and one acquittal. The 2nd series Lady Killers - The Complete Series 2 [DVD] deals with male murderers.
The courtroom scenes in these English cases are verbatim but other parts are dramatised.
Although all are worth watching, particularly Joan Sims as the Victorian baby farmer (and murderer) Amelia Dyer, the revelation is Georgina Hale as Ruth Ellis.
This episode 'Lucky, Lucky Thirteen!' captures the tension and starkness of this celebrated case of a 28 year old nightclub hostess cold bloodedly gunning down her racing driver lover in the street. Hale's portrayal of Ellis' testimony in court and her icy control cracking dramatically, resonates authenticity.
An 80s drama series that has stood the test of time well, thanks mainly to the careful accuracy of the courtroom scenes.