Dark Angel (2016 TV series)

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Dark Angel
Genre Crime dramaThriller
Based on Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Female Serial Killer
by David Wilson
Written by Gwyneth Hughes
Directed by Brian Percival
Theme music composer Michael J McEvoy
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s) Gwyneth Hughes
Producer(s) Jake Lushington
Running time 180 minutes (inc. advertisements)
Production company(s) World Productions
Distributor Endemol Shine UK
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Surround sound 5.1
Original release 31 October (2016-10-31) – 7 November 2016 (2016-11-07)
External links
Production website

Dark Angel is a British two-part television drama miniseries, based on the adaptation of the book Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Female Serial Killer by David Wilson.[1] The series was broadcast on 31 October and 7 November 2016, and starred Joanne Froggatt as protagonist Mary Ann Cotton, widely regarded as Britain's first female serial killer, who was found guilty of murder in March 1873 for the murder of three of her husbands, allegedly in order to collect on their insurance policies.[2] The series was produced by World Productions and distributed by Endemol Shine. [3][4]

The series co-starred Alun Armstrong as Mary Ann's step-father, George Stott, and Jonas Armstrong as her main love interest, Joe Natrass. Penny Layden, Laura Morgan, Sam Hoare and Emma Fielding also took starring roles in the two-part drama.[5]


In July 2015, production and filming began on Dark Angel,[6][7] starring Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey as Mary Ann Cotton. Alun Armstrong, Jonas Armstrong and Emma Fielding also had roles in the series.[8] Inspired by the book Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Female Serial Killer, the drama used writer David Wilson as a consultant during the script-writing stage. The drama is the seventh in a series of ITV mini-series featuring notorious British murder cases of the past two centuries, following on from This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000), Shipman (2002), A Is for Acid (2002), The Brides in the Bath (2003), See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006), and Appropriate Adult (2011).


Recurring characters[edit]

  • Tom Varey as Billy Mowbray, Mary-Ann's first husband
  • Thomas Howes as George Ward, Mary-Ann's second husband
  • Isla McMonigle as Isabella Mowbray, Mary-Ann and Billy's daughter
  • Hayley Walters as Elizabeth Robinson, James' daughter
  • Alexander McMonigle as James Robinson, Jr., James' son
  • George Kent as William Robinson, James' son
  • John Bowler as Mr. Johnson, life insurance agent
  • Ferdy Roberts as John Quick-Manning, Mary-Ann's final love interest
  • Phil Cheadle as Dr. Kilburn, district GP
  • Joanna Horton as Sarah Edwards, Mary-Ann's neighbour
  • Mark Holgate as William Edwards, Sarah's husband
  • Mark Underwood as Fred Cotton, Maggie's brother and Mary-Ann's fourth husband
  • Jake Lawson as Charlie Cotton, Fred's son
  • Seamus O'Neil as William Calcraft, hangman

Minor characters[edit]

  • Laura-Jane Matthewson as Jane Headley
  • Jacob Anderton as Issac Headley
  • Jamie B. Chambers as Robert Evans
  • Shaun Prendergast as Sergeant Hutchinson, local policeman
  • George Potts as Mr. Wensolom, an insurance agent
  • Paul Brennen as Mr. Riley, a local grocer and chemist
  • Edward Gower as Mr. Stranger, a Vicar
  • Bill Fellows as Mr. Brownlee
  • Niall Ashdown as Mr. Draper
  • Paul Bentall as the Seaham Minister
  • Mike Burnside as the Sunderland Doctor
  • Michael Culkin as the Sunderland Vicar
  • Nigel Cooke as the Sunderland Minister


  1. ^ Griffiths, Eleanor Bley (7 November 2016). "Meet the cast of ITV's Dark Angel". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Joanne Froggatt to star in new ITV drama Dark Angel". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Dark Angel". Press Centre. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
  4. ^ Productions, World. "Dark Angel - World Productions". World Productions. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
  5. ^ Kerr, Chloe (7 November 2016). "Black Widow What time is Dark Angel on ITV tonight, what's it about and who's in the cast?". The Sun. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  6. ^ Hodgson, Barbara (26 August 2015). "ITV drama about Durham serial killer Mary Ann Cotton called 'Dark Angel' starts filming". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Dark Angel: the gruesome true story of Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first serial killer". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Dark Angel". imdb.com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 31 October 2016 – via IMDb.

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