The Maiden Tribute

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By Tilly Black.

A dramatised account of the sensational 1885 Old Bailey trial which followed campaigning journalist and newspaper editor William Thomas Stead's procurement of a 13-year-old girl for the purposes of prostitution - a perverse and amazingly successful media stunt enacted to highlight the plight of working-class children sold into vice, and to raise the legal age of consent.

Eliza Armstrong....Finty Williams

Young Eliza....Hannah Bates

William Stead....John Telfer

Rebecca Jarrett....Jacqueline Tong

Prosecution Barrister....David Collins

Defence Barrister....Jimmy Yuill

Mrs Armstrong....Suzanna Hamilton

Mr Armstrong....Bill Wallis

Judge....Paul Nicholson

Produced and directed by Sara Davies