1 9 7 3 (UK)
4 x 55 minute episodes
This four-part drama series from BBC2 followed the life of Julia Almond (Francesca Annis) from leaving school in 1913 to her execution for murder in 1922.
Julia – the daughter of a lower-middle-class family – is a romantic, imaginative creature living in a world of dream lovers and glamorous situations. But she is also practical, intelligent and ambitious.
Her parents are shocked when she launches out on her own and gets herself work in a West End shop.
Her romance with a young subaltern ends tragically when he is sent to the Western Front and Julia marries another soldier, Herbert Starling (Bernard Hepton), solid and bourgeois, but temporarily glamorised by a uniform.
Returning from the war he immediately becomes a dull and uncongenial husband, very jealous of the freer and more glamorous world in which Julia manages to earn much more than he does.
The serial was fiction but based on the case of Edith Thompson and Freddie Bywaters who both went to the gallows in the 1920s for the murder of Edith’s husband, Percy.