Wednesday 17 August 2011

TV: Pendle Witch Child

A programme called The Pendle Witch Child will be on television tonight at 9pm on BBC.

According to the BBC4 website: "Simon Armitage presents the extraordinary story of the most disturbing witch trial in British history and the key role played in it by one nine-year-old girl. Jennet Device, a beggar-girl from Pendle in Lancashire, was the star witness in the trial in 1612 of her own mother, her brother, her sister and many of her neighbours and, thanks to her chilling testimony, they were all hanged."

Historians Malcolm Gaskill, Diane Purkiss and Ronald Hutton will all be appearing on the programme.

Looks very interesting.

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Unknown said...

Thanks for the heads- up on this Bad , it was really interesting.
Gross the hanging site is now a kiddies playpark though.
Great to get a visual of Ronald Hutton - I got his 'Triumph of the Moon ' book at Yule time.

Hope you enjoyed it.


Badwitch said...

Magickafoot - I agree. It was really interesting - and the fact that a kids' play area stands on the site of the gallows is gross!