Dark Angel, is based on the extraordinary true story of the Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, played by Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt. We meet Mary Ann as a loving wife and mother, newly returned to her native North East of England. But faced with abject poverty and an ailing husband, we see how ruthlessly determined she is to pursue her desires - and a better life... Mary Ann is a very female serial killer, a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to conceive of a woman... capable of such terrible crimes. Travelling around the North East, she insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new families of her own - before killing them, taking their money and moving on. Through adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder, Mary Ann betters herself socially and financially. But the more she kills, the greater the risk her crimes will finally be exposed... [show more]
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Two-part ITV drama starring Joanne Froggatt as Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. The story begins with 24-year-old Mary Ann Cotton, later dubbed Britain's first serial killer, as she returns to her home town of Seaham, County Durham having eloped with her husband Billy Mowbray (Tom Varey). Having already lost four of her children, Mary Ann begins an infamous killing spree by poisoning her husbands and offspring to collect their life insurance policies and settle her debts. As she kills off her family undetected, despite the suspicions of some close to her, Mary Ann continues to seek out new suitors to dispatch before finally being found out in 1873.