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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – Witch Hunt: a Century of Murder

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

On Tuesday the 20th October, Channel 5 is airing the second part Witch Hunt: a Century of Murder of an exploration of the British witch hunts of the 17th Century.

From Channel 5:

Last of a two-part documentary series in which Dr Suzannah Lipscomb investigates the origins of the obsession for mass witch hunts and trials that swept the British Isles 400 years ago. Matthew Hopkins was an opportunistic young Puritan who seized the zeitgeist and profited greatly from denouncing hundreds of innocent people.

In addition to this programme being used to introduce this period of Britain’s past, extracts from it could be of use to History teachers looking at the darker side of Puritanism.

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.


Related links:

What Would Have Happened to Witches?

Were Men Tried as Witches?