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Dark Angel 

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (2016)
A two-part drama about the Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.
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Series cast summary:
Joanne Froggatt ...  Mary Ann Cotton 2 episodes, 2016
Alun Armstrong ...  George Stott 2 episodes, 2016
Isla McMonigle Isla McMonigle ...  Isabella Mowbray / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Laura Morgan ...  Maggie Cotton 2 episodes, 2016
George Kent ...  William Robinson 2 episodes, 2016
Jonas Armstrong ...  Joe Nattrass 2 episodes, 2016
Emma Fielding ...  Helen Robinson 2 episodes, 2016
Hayley Walters Hayley Walters ...  Elizabeth Robinson 2 episodes, 2016
John Hollingworth ...  Dr John Maling 2 episodes, 2016
Alexander McMonigle Alexander McMonigle ...  James Robinson Jnr 2 episodes, 2016
Seamus O'Neill Seamus O'Neill ...  William Calcraft 2 episodes, 2016
John Bowler ...  Mr Johnson 2 episodes, 2016
Sam Hoare ...  James Robinson 2 episodes, 2016
Tom Varey ...  Billy Mowbray 2 episodes, 2016


A two-part drama about the Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.

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Wife. Mother. Killer.


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Release Date:

21 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dark Angel See more »

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Alun Armstrong also acted in Downton Abbey with Joanna Froggatt. He was the butler at Brancaster Castle when the Crawleys went north for grouse shooting. See more »


[repeated line, to her victims that she was about to poison with arsenic]
Mary Ann: Why don't you let me make you a nice cup of tea.
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Glorified Crime Re-enactment
18 January 2018 | by katharineshowalterSee all my reviews

First let me say, I love Joanne Froggatt. She is a beautiful and compelling actress and I want to see more of her in better movies and series. In fact, all the actors in DARK ANGEL are very good. Laura Morgan, Emma Fielding, and Jonas Armstrong are standouts, and Alun Armstrong can do no wrong. However, the writing and direction of DARK ANGEL leave much to be desired. Mary Ann Cotton's motivations are very sketchy -- something vaguely feminist and she states that she wanted "more" -- and so it is very hard to sympathize with her character. What we are left with is a glorified crime re-enactment from one of those exploitative Dateline or crime channel shows. What's worse is that the series creators try to suggest some ambiguity about some of the killings, which comes off as coy rather than clever. And then at times the juxtaposition of her being a tight spot to a quick cut to a corpse is almost comic. Mary Ann Cotton deserves a better treatment. There is much more to her story than is shown here.

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