The Gaol

show more detailshow less detail

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
Comments
01*20080714

The Gaol

Kelly Grovier's history of Newgate, London's most notorious prison, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

1/5.

While London's theatres came and went, the gaol remained the capital's unofficial stage.

Playing host to legendary outlaws and flamboyant highwaymen, it was inside Newgate that England's greatest dramas would unfold.

Read by Jasper Britton.

02*20080715

The Gaol

Kelly Grovier's history of Newgate, London's most notorious prison, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

2/5.

When Samuel Pepys stopped to watch a puppet show in Covent Garden, little did he know that he was witnessing the birth of Punch and Judy, inspired by the brutal deeds of Newgate's most notorious hangman, Jack Ketch.

Read by Jasper Britton.

03*20080716

The Gaol

Kelly Grovier's history of Newgate, London's most notorious prison, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

3/5.

After four spectacular prison breaks in seven months, Jack Sheppard was finally caught and deposited in Newgate for the last time.

Read by Jasper Britton.

04*20080717

The Gaol

Kelly Grovier's history of Newgate, London's most notorious prison, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

4/5.

During the 17th century, the gaol played host to many a flamboyant highwayman.

One of the most famous was the dashing Claude Duval, whose exploits made many a young lady swoon.

Read by Jasper Britton.

05 LAST*20080718

By the 19th century, the gaol had acquired such an appalling reputation that it caught the attention of philanthropist Elizabeth Fry, and inspired her life-long commitment to prison reform.

Read by Jasper Britton.