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Georgian Underworld - Invitation To A Hanging
More4 - 15 March 2008
On 16th November 1724, 200,000 Londoners - a third of the city's population - lined the streets to watch the open cart that carried Jack Sheppard to Tyburn to be hanged. The inspiration for The Beggar's Opera, by the time of his execution Sheppard had become a legend. One of London's working poor, Sheppard was born to live the kind of life so efficiently described by Hobbes as 'poor, nasty, brutish and short'.
The second film in the Georgian Underworld season, Invitation to a Hanging recounts Sheppard's life of crime, his numerous audacious prison escapes and his imprisonment on death row. In doing so, it brings to life the world of Hogarth and Defoe (both of whom knew Sheppard) and opens the door into London's 18th Century underworld; a jungle of brothels, gin cellars, gaming dens and doss houses.
Originally broadcast on Channel 4 on 24 April 2003 as part of the Channel 4 series Georgian Underworld; the programme won a Royal Television Society award.
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