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The Saturday Play: The Maiden Tribute


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A gripping account of one of the most sensational media events of the Victorian era: the trial of newspaper editor WT Stead, whose 1885 article, The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon, exposed the plight of young girls sold into prostitution, and brought about a change in the law. It also changed both his life and that of the young girl, Eliza, at the heart of the case, who tells the story as she remembers it. By Tilly Black.
Producer/Director Sara Davies


Unknown: Tilly Black
Director: Sara Davies
Eliza Armstrong: Flnty Williams
Young Eliza: Hannah Bates
WT Stead: John Telfer
Rebecca: Jacqueline Tonq
Prosecution barrister: David Collins
Defence barrister: Jimmy Yuill
Mrs Armstrong: Suzanna Hamilton
Mr Armstrong: Bill Wallis
Judge: Paul Nicholson

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The Saturday Play: The Maiden Tribute

BBC Radio 4 FM, 22 October 2005 14.30

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