Lady Killers with Lucy Worsley

Publisher:
BBC

Lady Killers with Lucy Worsley

4.7/5

Critic Rating

4.0/5

Listener Rating

Lucy and a crack team of female detectives investigate the crimes of women from the 19th and 20th Century from a contemporary, feminist perspective.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Mar 26, 2023

"They are not cosy but troubling events that scandalised their societies: gentlewoman poisoners, matricides, husband-killers. In a tight half-hour format Worsley unfolds events, then analyses them with experts."

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Score: 5

Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter May 30, 2022

"I was totally transported by the tone. It feels like you’re in a dark study with a fireplace, leaning in closely so you can hear Lucy tell you a story. She whisks you around the city, in conversation with Lady Killers..."

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Score: 4

James Marriot • The Times UK May 13, 2022

"It’s such a good idea. The posh-voiced telly historian investigates historical murders committed by women. The cases are great. The modern spin might sound hackneyed and mindlessly woke, but it turns out to be genuinely illuminating."

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Score: 4.8

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Apr 30, 2022

"Worsley went through inquest records, and in the manner of The Long View asked lawyers and experts how such a case would play out in court and in the media today. The result was fun, if rather inconclusive."

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Listener Reviews

Score: 4

Peter C Jan 13, 2023

"This is a series that is well worth listening too, for two reasons. Firstly, they do a good job at retelling the stories, in a way that is accessible. They are well put together and easy to listen to. But secondly, they aren't just telling stories, they are stories with a spin, and from the beginning they are open about telling them from a feminist view point. Here I have some issues, there is a danger of the facts being spun together to make the point you want to make. Starting from a redecided conclusion is always dangerous. In all the stories the victim is the woman - no matter whether they were guilty or not, they were always pawns in a male society, and that explains away anything they may have done. I would say do listen to these podcasts, but if you can hang on to them. In years to come they may well become interesting historical documents in their own right. "


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