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The Last Hangman

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Synopsis

The setting is Lancashire in 1932. Albert Pierrepoint, in his early 30s, a local delivery truck driver, arrives home one day to a letter sent to him ‘On Her Majesty's Service'. He has been accepted for training at Pentonville Prison, to honour the Pierrepoint name and become a British executioner, following in the footsteps of both his father and uncle. Despite his proud excitement, his mother Mary disapproves and tells him exactly what she told his father; she never wants to hear, see, nor speak of it.

The opportunity is a dream come true for Albert and he makes the trip to London. The journey marks the beginning of the incredible career of the world's most famous executioner, who will one day officiate at the hangings of some of Britain's most notorious murderers including John George Haigh, the acid bath murderer, and Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

Details

Year
2006
Type of film
Features
Running Time
90 mins
Format
35mm
Director
Adrian Shergold
Producer
Andy Harries, Jeff Pope
Editor
Tania Reddin
Screenwriter
Jeff Pope, Bob Mills
Director of Photography
Danny Cohen
Production Designer
Candida Otton
Sound
Reginald Mills
Music
Martin Phipps
Principal Cast
Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan

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Production Company

Granada Television
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Company

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