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Famous Court Cases - Radio Plays

2002 The Titanic Inquiry, by Bob Sherman
2001 Lockerbie on Trial, by Peter Goodchild
2001 Criminal Conversation, by Judith French
2000 Wainwright the poisoner, by Andrew Motion
1993 Darling Peidi, by Shelagh Stevenson

NOTES

The Titanic Inquiry....2002
(R4, 1415, 11-12 Apr 02) commemorated the 90th anniversary of the famous most famous sinking in history. When the Titanic sank, the owners of the White Star Line tried to return immediately to England, but an inquiry set up by the US senate held the surviving witnesses in New York to be questioned in detail and in public. From the archives, Bob Sherman has reconstructed the inquiry. This was a gripping courtroon drama, directed by Ned Chaillet.

LOCKERBIE ON TRIAL....2001
A most extraordinary trial was reconstructed by Peter Goodchild: Lockerbie on Trial (R4 1415, 90min, 20 Feb 01). As described by the RT: "the story is a gripping, twisted narrative in which the evidence is so attenuated that only a very clear mind can pursue it through the opaque hall of mirrors which is international terrorism". The prosecution were confident of getting two convictions, but amongst the witnesses were double agents, terrorists, and arms dealers, and they knew every legal trick in the book. The play follows the twists and turns of the legal arguments. Sombre but fascinating.

CRIMINAL CONVERSATION....2001
A London court case from 1738.

DARLING PEIDI....1993
The Edith Thompson / Freddy Bywaters case, 1922. See Shelagh Stephenson page.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

The above plays known to exist in VRPCC collections

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