Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues is a History Documentary programme.

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Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues

Series in which historian Dr Sam Willis travels the open roads, the high seas and urban alleyways to explore Britain's 17th- and 18th-century underworld of highwaymen, pirates and rogues, bringing the great age of the British outlaw vividly to life. In the final episode, Sam looks at urban crime, fraud and corruption in the 18th century, uncovering a fascinating rogues gallery of charmers, fraudsters and villains. Charmers like thief and serial escaper Jack Sheppard, so notorious that almost a quarter of a million people turned up to witness his hanging. Almost as controversial in her lifetime was Mary Toft, a fraudster who managed to convince no less than King George I and his surgeon that she had given birth to rabbits, making her, perhaps, the original 'con' artist. episode 3.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 Today, 2:45am. See more...