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This Monstrous and Unnatural Woman

It is D-Day for Heston as the university's re-enactment trial gets under way, but his ego jeopardises his chances of glory.


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Look, we've both had enough of house-hunting.

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-I haven't.

-Why not stop for a while and focus on something else?

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-Like finally fixing a date for the wedding?

-Yeah.

-After lunch?

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-Yeah, we'll go through my spreadsheet.

-Spreadsheet?

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Karen! What're you doing?

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It's for the re-enactment.

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That murder trial thing Jack's doing, isn't he?

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And Rob.

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Dr Carter is playing defence. He will be magnificent.

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Come on.

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Mrs Tembe, you shouldn't lift it like that, you'll put your back out. Jimmi, give them a hand.

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Nice 'tache, Dad.

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It's driving me mad already.

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-How did I ever let you talk me into this?

-I think beer was mentioned.

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Head of Law can't make it, gastroenteritis, or so he says,

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so I'm standing in.

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-You make a fine figure of a man.

-Thanks.

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Right everybody, we go live in an hour. So let's focus.

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We're filming in the Chancellery Room. The university will use it as a teaching aid.

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I'm Justice George McKenna.

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Grumpy, gout-ridden, a hanging judge.

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Thought women couldn't argue logically because of their female brains.

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He'd turn in his grave if he knew a woman was playing him.

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For the prosecution, Oliver Nash.

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Brilliant, ruthless, single-minded,

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arrogant, bit of a ladies' man, but very charming.

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For the defence, Edward Templeton.

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He'd take on hopeless cases, and usually win.

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He had a very colourful dress sense.

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He could reduce the public gallery to tears

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by the sheer strength of his defence speeches.

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Sometimes ladies even swooned.

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So, no pressure then, Heston!

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The accused, played by Kate.

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Amelia Watson was 19-years-old when she allegedly murdered her baby son.

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At the time, she was considered one of the most hated woman in Britain.

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The press referred to her as "this monstrous and unnatural woman."

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Accused on the evidence of Sarah Treadwell,

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Watsons' maid, played by Rose.

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Sarah was only 19,

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and she was the key witness in this high-profile murder trial.

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She became a celebrity, even though at 13 she'd left school

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and was barely literate.

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Typecast again.

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Shut up!

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And last, but not least, PC Albert Leys,

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played by Robert Hollins.

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When Jack told me his dad was a policeman, I couldn't resist.

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Now, any questions?

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Where's the jury?

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They're online.

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There's going to be cameras all round the courtroom, so by all means play to them.

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We're going to be encouraging viewers to phone in, e-mail or text their reactions,

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as well as vote.

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And we know the verdict.

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Well, we know what the verdict was.

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But maybe it won't turn out that way.

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It's up to you and Heston to argue for and against - everything to play for. It's up to you.

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-Is it going to be on all day?

-It's 2pm, which is going to be any minute.

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I might watch some of it. Sounds like fun.

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Fun? This is what Jack is going to be doing for the rest of his life.

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-Parading around in silly costumes?

-Being a lawyer.

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-Rob has never acted before.

-SHE SNIGGERS

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I am just watching it for Dr Carter.

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He is a real actor. The rest are amateurs.

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Right, there you go. Leave it like this. Don't touch anything.

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Thank you, Dr Tyler.

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So, how was your holiday?

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Now I know why they call it Sin City.

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How did you get Kevin to lend you his laptop?

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I told him I'd make tea for the rest of the month.

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-I don't think he realises it's the 31st today.

-THEY LAUGH

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How's your house-hunting going?

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Well, we saw the perfect house.

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-But Jimmi doesn't like it because it needs rebuilding...

-Ssh! It's starting.

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TV THEME MUSIC

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Amelia May Watson, you are charged

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that on 22nd September last,

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you killed your infant son James.

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-How do you plead?

-Not guilty.

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Then I call upon the Counsel for the Prosecution, Mr Oliver Nash.

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Look at Jack! Isn't he brilliant?

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Gentleman of the jury, I will show that this woman before you,

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Amelia May Watson, is a cold, calculating liar.

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I will also show that on the night in question,

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she committed the crime of murder.

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I call upon my first witness, Miss Sarah Treadwell.

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I swear by almighty God, that the evidence I give

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shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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Miss Treadwell, in April 1909,

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you were engaged as a maid

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-by William and Amelia Watson at Oakfield Farm?

-Yes.

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Mr Watson worked so hard to make a go of the place.

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-He was very kind to me.

-In what way?

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He'd walk around the farm with me, show me things.

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He knew every tree and bird and flower.

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He confided in me, you could say.

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And Mrs Watson?

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She was the mistress.

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I obeyed her orders. I worked hard.

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But you never got a smile or a "thank you", not from her.

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And then the baby was born on 18th September 1909.

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Yes. They married in January, so it was only eight months after.

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Eight months.

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Mr Nash, I'm sure the jury can count. Proceed.

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The birth of a child - a happy event, surely.

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Mr Watson was pleased as punch, to have his first child a son.

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But the mistress...

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Well, it's not my place to say.

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It is your place, Miss Treadwell. That's why you are here.

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Well, she couldn't even nurse him, so we had to raise him on bottles -

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like a calf or a little lamb.

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I cared for him, more than her.

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Sometimes I'd give him his bottle and I'd sing to him.

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And Mr Watson'd come in to say goodnight,

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and he'd see us there all content,

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and it was as if me and him were the parents

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and James was our child.

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We were the ones that loved him.

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And Mrs Watson?

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If the truth be told, she didn't love him.

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She never even played with him.

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She was a cold woman and that's the truth.

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And now we come to the night in question -

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22nd September last.

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There was a terrible storm.

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Stormy weather within, too, I believe?

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Yes, sir. The master and mistress had an argument.

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What about?

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She told him that James wasn't his.

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I suspected as much, born eight months after the wedding.

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And then there was his hair.

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The baby's hair?

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James had red hair.

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Neither the master nor the mistress do.

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I pointed that out to the master, said it was strange.

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I think he'd started to suspect.

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And she knew he was on to her so she confessed that James was a bastard.

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Strike that word from the record.

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"Illegitimate", you mean?

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Whatever you call it, it's the same.

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So, who was James' father?

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Michael Fletcher, a soldier.

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I don't know where he is - India or some such place.

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And how did Mr Watson react to this shocking news?

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He came in, and he looked at James in his crib.

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Was he violent? Did he threaten the child?

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No. He was crying.

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I spoke up, I said, "It's not the baby's fault."

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The master said he knew and that he was going out riding to clear his head.

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And we never saw him again.

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Then what happened?

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Baby James fell ill all of a sudden.

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He had a convulsion and fever, it was burning him up.

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What did you do?

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I offered to walk into town, though it was five miles,

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to fetch the doctor.

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But she said there was no need.

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She told me to go to bed, but she looked strange.

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I didn't want to leave the baby with her.

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Then she said she'd give him something.

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What did she give him?

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She mixed up 12 drops of laudanum,

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water, sugar, and camomile.

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James was so weak, he could barely swallow.

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But she made him take it all.

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She said that he'd sleep, and then he'd be all right.

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And was he all right?

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No.

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He died.

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She poisoned him in cold blood!

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I saw it with my own eyes.

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How can any woman do that to a child?

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She's a monster.

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She has the right to a defence.

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Now we will see some acting!

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Miss Treadwell...

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Sarah...

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..I'm sorry to make you recall such distressing events.

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It's all right. I don't mind what I have to do as long as she hangs for it.

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You haven't come here to see justice done,

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establish the facts?

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I know what she's done. And I know what she deserves.

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You hated your mistress, didn't you?

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Yes.

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You hated her from the moment you began working -

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more than a year before the alleged incident.

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"She was a cold woman," you said.

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"She didn't love her husband or her son

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"or anyone but herself."

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But, of course, we only have your word for that.

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I'm telling the truth.

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The way you talk about her husband is very different.

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Mr Watson was kind you said.

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He showed you around the farm,

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pointing out the trees and the birds and the flowers.

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"He confided in me."

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Tell me, during these bucolic rambles,

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did he ever declare his love for you?

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No. He didn't love me. He loved her.

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And you couldn't bear that, could you?

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-You were in love with him. You were jealous.

-No, I...

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You helpfully pointed out that James

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didn't really look like Mr Watson,

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sowing the seeds of doubt between husband and wife.

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I told him the truth.

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She lied to him!

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You said, "It was as if me and him were the parents

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"and James was our child."

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You wanted Amelia Watson out of the way -

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-disgraced, thrown out, dead - so you could take her place.

-No, that's not...

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You did everything you could to destroy the marriage.

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Even having an innocent woman convicted of murder!

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My Lord, I protest. I will not have my witness bullied in this way.

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You go too far, sir. Temper your language.

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No more questions.

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He's got no right to bully her like that.

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He is only doing his job.

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You should hear what Rob says about defence lawyers.

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-I've found the perfect house!

-You're always finding the perfect house.

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Yeah, but this one really is.

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-I went on the website and found it.

-'I call upon PC Albert Leys.'

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Oh! Look at his moustache!

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Constable Leys,

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-you were on duty very early on the morning of 23rd September?

-Yes.

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You went to Oakfield Farm?

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Just give us a minute.

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Yes, I did. And it was my sad duty to inform Mrs Watson

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of her husband's death.

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How had this happened?

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Er, he'd been out riding, and he'd taken a fall from his horse,

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broken his neck and been found by Mr Squires, the local farmer,

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who'd taken him to hospital, but it was hopeless.

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When you arrived at the Watson house, what did you find?

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A dead baby.

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The...maid was very distressed.

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But the mistress didn't shed a single tear,

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which I found to be very unnatural.

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Did you examine the baby?

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-Er...yes.

-There was a post-mortem, was there not?

-Yes.

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Is that Rob?

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And what were its findings?

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It was an overdose. It was the laudanum.

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I went through over it last night - know it better than him.

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-Sergeant, what were the findings of the post mortem?

-I don't have to do this.

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The findings were that the baby died from an overdose of laudanum.

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And you had a message to pass on, did you not?

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He wanted a message to be given to the wife.

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He was very, very insistent.

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That he forgave her!

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He forgave her, no matter what she had said.

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-It's like listening in stereo!

-Sssh!

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"No matter what she'd done."

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'Done, done!'

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'Thank you. No further questions.'

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'I now call on Mr Templeton to cross-examine.'

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NO!

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-It's the laptop. You need to switch it off and on again.

-Kevin said not to touch it.

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-What? What's happened?

-Hey, the screen's frozen.

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It does it sometimes.

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For goodness' sake. I thought someone had died!

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I'll make you a cup of tea.

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-"Pity they couldn't find someone to play a believable copper."

-We've had tonnes of emails, texts and calls -

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all overwhelmingly in favour of Amelia being guilty.

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I've lost.

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Not necessarily.

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Have you read all the briefing papers I gave you?

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Maybe you should look again.

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From your perspective, not Templeton's.

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Kate.

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Oh, they're coming back in.

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Oh, that's where you got to. Shall we...

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-I'm watching this now.

-There's nothing going on!

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Oh, blast that QOF report. I'm going to watch some of this.

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OK. So it can't be Easter Holiday or the Bank Holidays or school holidays

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as no-one's going to be around, and it can't be during the Olympics.

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-Shh!

-Snooker...

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Cherry! We're trying to watch!

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Let's go to the room.

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Mrs Watson.

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You lived on a farm with a maid who hated you,

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very far from friends and family.

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It must have been very lonely?

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Yes.

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But you did have one very good friend -

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-Sophie Hurst.

-Yes.

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She was like a big sister.

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You used to write to each other.

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She would give you advice on household matters,

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-and babies?

-Yes.

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Your Honour, I would like to read from a letter

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written a few months before this awful incident.

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"Dearest Amelia, Emily has been so ill.

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"For an awful night, we thought we'd lose her.

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"She had convulsions, and a high fever.

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"I mixed up 12 drops of laudanum

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"with sugar, water and camomile, and got her to drink it."

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"The fever broke, and she slept peacefully.

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"By morning, thank God, she was better."

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Laudanum, sugar,

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water, camomile...

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..is exactly what you gave your son

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when he had a fever and convulsions.

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We have Miss Treadwell's corroboration for that.

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You were trying to cure your son?

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Yes.

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In your desperation, you didn't realise

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it was too high a dose for such a small child.

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Emily, Sophie's child was 12. But James...

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I gave him too much.

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And he died.

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You didn't weep?

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I couldn't.

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The shock of it, and William dead as well.

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I didn't know what to say or do.

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Some people cry and wail and carry on and get everyone's pity.

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I couldn't do that. I still cannot.

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Gentleman of the jury, this letter changes everything.

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The woman before you, accused of killing her son,

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was actually trying to save his life

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and is entirely innocent of his murder.

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Poor thing.

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Trust Heston to overact.

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I now call upon Mr Nash to cross-examine.

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Mrs Watson,

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-you had a child to another man and passed it off as your husband's?

-Yes.

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So you lied to your husband?

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Not once or twice, but for almost two years?

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I hated lying. And I loved William, he deserved the truth.

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If you loved your husband so much, then why did you have a liaison

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with another man a month before your wedding?

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I didn't want that to happen.

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Mr Fletcher was William's best friend.

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Which makes your betrayal even worse.

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I tried to be friendly to him for William's sake.

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You were very friendly with him. At the village Christmas dance, you were seen talking with him, flirting -

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and then nine months later you had his child.

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He forced me.

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Mrs Watson, you've lied about everything else.

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-Why should this be true?

-It is true!

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Very well.

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Let us suppose, for a moment, that this child was a result of rape.

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You would have every reason to hate it, to want it dead.

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If, on the other hand, you had gone with Mr Fletcher willingly,

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then the child was an inconvenience,

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a constant reminder of your shame,

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-and you still would have wanted him dead, wouldn't you?

-No! I loved him.

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Let us examine the facts.

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Your child was desperately ill.

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Your husband was not there.

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Miss Treadwell offered to fetch a doctor,

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you told her there was no need. And then you sent her to bed.

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-She was worn out. I thought she should sleep.

-No, Mrs Watson.

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You wanted to make sure that there were no witnesses

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-to see you poison your own son.

-I didn't poison him!

-You did, and we have proof.

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Not the word of a maid, but the testimony of a medical expert.

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And there was no need.

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Your husband, as angry and hurt as he was, was prepared to forgive you.

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Those were his last words.

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But they came too late.

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You had already killed your baby.

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No. I was trying to save him.

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This remarkable new evidence. Why wasn't this presented before?

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I didn't think anyone would believe me.

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The defence assures us that this letter proves your innocence,

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that you mistakenly administered an overdose of laudanum in an attempt to save your son.

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However, I put it to you that this letter was deliberately concealed

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because it demonstrates what you've been trying to hide all along.

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You poisoned your baby,

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-knowing full well what dosage was required to do so.

-No.

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No further questions.

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I'm confused now.

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It is quite clear. She is innocent.

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Jack is bullying her.

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Oi!

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-I'd hate to be on a real jury, wouldn't you?

-I think you forget, we are the jury.

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All right, ladies? How's it going?

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The accused is giving her evidence.

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So, Mum and Dad are on their cruise

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mid-April to the end of May.

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Well, we'll have to go back to March.

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-What about the 24th?

-You've got your police surgeon course.

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No. That's 24th February.

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24th March is free.

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And Marlborough Hall is available.

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We've done it.

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Can I have my lunch now?

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-No! You've got to come with me somewhere.

-Where?

-Surprise.

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Miss Treadwell said that Mrs Watson never smiled,

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never seemed happy.

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Some women, after the birth of a child, are in low spirits.

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I think Mrs Watson suffered from this oppression.

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But being unhappy is not a crime.

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If it were, how many of us would be in the dock?

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This is a mother who, in spite of everything, loved her child,

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fought for his life and lost.

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She deserves our sympathy, not condemnation.

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She is innocent, and has suffered enough.

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I will now ask the jury to retire and consider their verdict.

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Well, it was obvious. She had post-natal depression. So, what happens now?

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You have to vote, you phone or text, guilty or not guilty.

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Where's the jury?

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Duh, Zara! We're all the jury. We have to decide.

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I think she is innocent

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I know, and she looked so guilty, didn't she?

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-Is it much further?

-No. We're here.

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Da-da!

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Oh! Cherry, I thought we agreed to stop house-hunting?

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No, we didn't agree. You said.

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I went back on the property website, and I saw this place. At least let's have a look.

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-We fixed a date for the wedding, we got over it.

-Got over it?

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-You mean you don't want to get married?

-No, of course I...

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Right, well, we're here.

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Will the prisoner please stand?

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The verdict is as follows.

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On the charge of murder,

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the jury find the defendant,

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Amelia May Watson...

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..not guilty.

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CHEERING

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I knew Dr Carter would do it!

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Well?

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It's...so clean.

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Mmm.

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It's perfect.

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Told you.

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We've come home.

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Finally.

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Amelia'd been raped.

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Why didn't Templeton use that?

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He couldn't. He only had Amelia's word for it.

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It'd just remind the jury

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that she'd lied to her husband and had a child out of wedlock.

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-The only other person she had told was William, for good reasons.

-You mean, she'd have been blamed?

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Oh, worse than that.

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If she'd admitted that Michael Fletcher'd had sex with her, got her pregnant,

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they might have forced her to marry him.

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That's horrendous.

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Yeah, but it happened.

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-Templeton did his best, but he didn't use Sophie's letter.

-So Nash won.

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And Amelia was hanged.

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It was unusual for a woman to be executed,

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but all the evidence against her was unarguable.

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And she had no witness to stick up for her.

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That calmness she showed when she given the bad news, I've seen that. People react in all kinds of ways.

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Shock, post natal depression - we know about it now.

0:24:530:24:56

So Amelia got sentenced to death because she didn't cry enough?

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Partly, yes.

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Oh, Kate, I've got something that you might be interested in.

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This is the last letter that Amelia wrote from prison.

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I'd like to read this aloud, if people don't mind?

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"My dear Sophie.

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"The execution date is set,

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"there's no stopping it now.

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"Don't grieve for me, I'm glad to be done with this world.

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"They say hanging's very quick, and you barely feel the pain.

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"I'm not afraid now I've made up my mind to it.

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"I've no fear of Hell. God knows I am innocent.

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"Tomorrow, I will be with William and James again,

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"and we will be a proper family in Heaven

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"as we never could be on Earth.

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"Kiss Emily for me. Your loving friend, Amelia."

0:25:480:25:52

Amelia's family disowned her.

0:25:520:25:54

Templeton never forgave himself for losing.

0:25:540:25:57

It haunted him that he couldn't win this one.

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COMPUTER BEEPS

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There's an e-mail form Fothergill.

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"The department's delighted.

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"Brownie points all round."

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Heston didn't stick to his brief!

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It was supposed to be a re-enactment,

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but it was more of an "enactment".

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We've changed the course of history.

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We haven't.

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Amelia's still dead.

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Yes, we'd like to make an offer on 8 Priory Road.

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OK. Could you hold?

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Has it already gone?

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No. But the owner's off to the States, so she wants a quick sale.

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David? We've already sold our property, so that will be fine.

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Yeah, let's get cracking. Cheers.

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You just lied to him.

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Ooh, I lied to an estate agent. How terrible (!)

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We'll just have to sell ours quickly.

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It'll be OK. It'll be worth it.

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Why don't you start to use the brains you say you've got?

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You'll have to trust me. You can't electronically tag me.

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I want to know what happened upstairs.

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Divine retribution is what took place.

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The infection is going to make this complicated,

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but that's one of the inherent risks

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of wanting to look like a door knocker display at the ironmongers.

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I can't believe how lucky we are. It's everything we hoped for.

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Do you fancy a pint?

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It is D-Day for Heston as the university's re-enactment trial gets under way, but his ego jeopardises his chances of glory. Cherry pins Jimmi down on a wedding date, and has a surprise outing in store.


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