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Rose West & Myra Hindley: Their Untold Story with Trevor McDonald

  • Episode:

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 21 Sep 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 39 2020 : Sat 19 Sep - Fri 25 Sep

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Thu 10 Sep 2020

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Rose West & Myra Hindley: Their Untold Story with Trevor McDonald

This brand new, 60 minute programme shares the untold story of the prison years of Britain’s two most infamous female criminals; Myra Hindley and Rose West.
 
Sir Trevor McDonald navigates viewers through this powerful film, made by Blink Films, and sheds fresh light on both Hindley and West’s psychology and criminal behaviour whilst behind bars. 
 
Moors murderess Hindley was considered the most wicked woman in Britain for killing five children in the 1960s, with her lover Ian Brady. West was found guilty of ten equally terrible murders, with her husband, Fred West, including killing her own daughter.
 
On conviction West, 41, was locked up in H ‘Hell Wing’ in HMP Durham, which held Britain’s most serious female prisoners, including IRA terrorists, sex offenders, arsonists and 52-year-old Hindley.
 
With a host of exclusive contributors, including former Category A prisoners, the programme reveals how West and Hindley grew close in jail, bonding over their similar crimes, then had an affair, which cooled as they became rivals to be ‘prison royalty’. 
 
The programme shows how Hindley continued to manipulate people from behind bars, just as she deceived the children she abducted, even persuading a nun turned prison guard to help her escape. Meanwhile West, continued to demand favours of her children, and tried to control their lives from behind bars and she still displays terrifying flashes of rage.
 
As part of the ITV’s Crime and Punishment series, this revealing documentary focuses on West and Hindley’s life behind bars - the only women who have ever been given whole life tariffs for their crimes, meaning they would never be released.