The Life and Crimes of William Palmer

Part One

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 3/3/98
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  • Episode Description
  • A young medical student, William Palmer, qualifies as a medical doctor and challenges George Abley to a drinking game and wins by causing the other man's death. The following year, Palmer has married a woman called Annie but gambling debts begin to mount and Palmer sets his sights on murdering Annie's mother in an attempt to gain her inheritance. Through slowly poisoning Annie's mother and some luck from the local Doctor, Palmer successfully murders his mother in law but the promised inheritance is not as was to be believed. Palmer continues his killing spree by killing his racing colleague Mr Bladon the following year. The Palmer's second child dies aged only 10 weeks and a desperate Palmer selects his next wealthy victim. A third baby is soon born but then dies tragically. Annie soon becomes pregnant with another child. Scared for her life and that of her unborn child, Annie's fears are realised when Palmer poisons their next child as it is born. Palmer's worsening debt and behaviour affects Annie's mental wellbeing and she signs a policy insuring her life for £13,000...moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keith Allen

    William Palmer

  • Dan Armour

    George Bates

  • Jayne Ashbourne

    Annie Palmer

  • Linda Bassett

    Mary Thornton

  • John Bleasdale

    Henry Bladon

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  • Notes (1)

    • Original International Air Dates: United States: November 12, 1998 on PBS.

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