Dark Angel (2016)
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Episode #1.2 

Returning to Sunderland, Mary Ann discovers that James Robinson has had a change of heart over his relationship with her. Furious, she sets out to get rid of the impediments to their potential marriage - the children.


Brian Percival


Gwyneth Hughes, David Wilson (inspired by book "Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Female Serial Killer")


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Isla McMonigle Isla McMonigle ... Isabella Mowbray
George Kent ... William Robinson
Hayley Walters Hayley Walters ... Elizabeth Robinson
Alexander McMonigle Alexander McMonigle ... James Robinson Jnr
Emma Fielding ... Helen Robinson
Joanne Froggatt ... Mary Ann Cotton
Sam Hoare ... James Robinson
Alun Armstrong ... George Stott
Laura Morgan ... Maggie Cotton
John Hollingworth ... Dr John Maling
John Bowler ... Mr Johnson
Jonas Armstrong ... Joe Nattrass
Edward Gower ... Vicar (Stranger)
Niall Ashdown Niall Ashdown ... Draper
Mark Underwood Mark Underwood ... Fred Cotton


Mary Ann is annoyed when James decides to put their wedding plans on hold so soon after his bereavement for fear of upsetting his children - so she sets about arranging for them to be ill. For appearance sake she includes her daughter Isabella but she dies with the others. The marriage goes ahead but when James discovers that she has been stealing Mary Ann leaves him and, several victims later, resumes her affair with Joe Nattrass - until he has served his purpose. But locals grow suspicious following her latest murder and before long the gallows is awaiting the Dark Angel. Written by don @ minifie-1

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7 November 2016 (UK) See more »

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Mary Ann: [to Sarah Edwards] So many children. And they die whatever I do. Whether I am bad or I am good. They die, all the same.
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This is so dark.
2 August 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The concluding part is even darker, and more grim the the first, if you were in any doubt as to the guilt and depravity of Cotton before, this will leave you with no illusions.

Froggat is once again simply outstanding, it was a tremendous performance from her, she is unrivalled here.

It's not for everyone, as it is a little upsetting and disturbing, but it's a fascination watch.

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