The Brides in the Bath

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The Brides in the Bath
Written by Glenn Chandler
Directed by Harry Bradbeer
Starring Martin Kemp
Tracey Wilkinson
Charlotte Randle
Emma Ferguson
Theme music composer Richard Taylor
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) David Reynolds
Alan Dossor
Cinematography Robin Vidgeon
Editor(s) David Aspinall
Running time 120 minutes
Original network ITV
Original release
  • 31 December 2003 (2003-12-31)

The Brides in the Bath is a 2003 Yorkshire Television film based on the life and Old Bailey trial of British serial killer and bigamist George Joseph Smith, the "Brides in the Bath Murderer". Martin Kemp plays the role of Smith, and Richard Griffiths plays barrister Sir Edward Marshall-Hall. The script was written by Glenn Chandler[1] and directed by Harry Bradbeer.


Set to portray coastal Weymouth, filming took place in Yorkshire locations of Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough from June to mid-July, 2003.[2]


The film focuses on the trial of George Smith and flashbacks showing how he met each of his wives. Smith is married to his wife Edith. He often goes away on the pretext of business. Whilst he is away he meets wealthy women, marries them within a few weeks, insures their lives and then drowns them in the bath. He returns with the insurance money (sometimes he brings the latest victims possessions to Edith as gifts). He is eventually arrested and ultimately hanged for his crimes. At the trial it is revealed that his marriage to Edith is bigamous; in total he had eight wives, most of which he left after stealing all their possessions.[3]



  1. ^ Mark Lavery, Mark Lavery (31 December 2003). "A Role to Die For". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  2. ^ staff (29 May 2003). "Filming in Old Town". Bridlington Free Press. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
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