Murder on the Victorian Railway
Murder on the Victorian Railway is a docu-drama and a portrait of a lost world. As well as being a tragedy, a murder, its investigation and the trial can be a telling snapshot of a society at that precise and random moment of the killing. In this murder case, it was especially true because this was the first murder on a train, which happened at the height of the first railway age. Caught-up in this story were top-hatted bankers, rootless immigrants and a deaf prostitute. I wrote the film using the words these real life characters actually spoke, either in trial documents or in interviews with the newspapers. So this story from the Victorian age is told in their own words. In this clip, Alfred Ekin a train driver and aristocrat of the industrial revolution explains how he found the victim’s body.
60 minutes, a Garden production broadcast on BBC2 in 2013
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