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    I am trying to recall a tv film or mini series about the murder of a country (farm hand) girl who had three illegitimate children and was then murdered by the father of the children and buried in the barn. Made in 1970s or early 1980s. I think her name began with an M.

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    This perhaps - Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425229/...nm_flmg_act_34


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    Ooh! A famous film and a famous true story that it was based on.

    the fascination continued into the 20th century with five film versions, including the 1935 Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn, starring Tod Slaughter, which was only released in the US after some scenes were cut, and a 1980 BBC drama, Maria Marten, with Pippa Guard in the title role.

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    Its a really famous story, and was the stuff of penny dreadfuls and stage melodrama pretty much from the start - in fact there were plays about the case while Corder was still on trial.

    The play Maria Marten; or The Murder in the Red Barn was a 19th century megahit, and your pretty much assured of reading about it in any book about 19th century murder cases. The other ones you'll find is Fanny Adams (which is where the phrase Sweet FA comes from), Charles Bravo and Charles Peace. Victorians were a morbid lot.

    I think Lucy Worsley's Very British Murder series is being repeated on BBC4 at the moment, and the programme featuring the case is on IPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...uggid=p01ftzlq

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    Thank you all - it must be the 1980 version I was remembering. Now to track it down!

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