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Dark Angel 

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 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 »

Also Known As:

Темный ангел See more »

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Joanne Froggatt and Jonas Armstrong previously started together in BBC's Robin Hood (2006); Joanne playing Kate and Jonas playing Robin. 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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Featured in Dark Angel: Behind the Scenes (2016) See more »

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This angel had black wings
2 June 2017 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Dark Angel (2016) was apparently seen in England as a two-part TV miniseries. We saw it as a full-length TV movie. It was directed by Brian Percival.

Joanne Froggatt plays Mary Ann Cotton, England's first known female serial killer. There's no suspense here--the movie opens with the protagonist being led to the gallows. The movie then circles back to explain to us how events brought Mary Ann Cotton to her execution.

Joanne Froggart must have been delighted to play this macabre role. All those years at Downton Abbey left her with the reputation as playing a fine person with a pure heart. Now she gets to play a far heavier role. She does a fabulous job with the part--you really do believe that she could, and would, murder people in order to get what she wanted.

As portrayed in the movie, Mary Ann Cotton wasn't a demon, and she didn't start out with a view towards murdering her way forward. Victorian times were repressive for women, and a bad marital choice left a woman on her own with no obvious opportunity for escape. I'm sure many women dreamed about getting out of an unhappy marriage by murdering their husband. However, dreaming is one thing, and arsenic is another.

It was easier to avoid detection as a serial killer at a time when many people died young of natural causes. Death was everywhere, and arsenic was readily available. (It was used to control vermin.) Apparently, it's still possible to buy arsenic. Here's a headline from The Guardian Newspaper: "Toxic chemicals such as strychnine, arsenic and cyanide are freely available for sale on the internet, leading toxicologists have warned." Not a happy thought.

There's hardly a cheerful moment in this movie, and yet I enjoyed it. Joanne Froggatt is a brilliant actress. Freed from ensemble work, she can show the breadth and depth of her talent. Even if the film is depressing, it's still worth seeing just to watch Froggatt act.

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