In 1927, Donald Merrett began a 12 month sentence for forgery. A charge of murder had been found Not Proven. The killing for which he had stood trial, was that of his mother ….and he was just 17. Born in New Zealand in 1908, Merrett moved with his mother Bertha to Edinburgh, in 1926. After she died and on his release from prison, he married 17 year old Vera Bonnar and went on a thirty year spree across Europe. He spent a large inheritance, consorted with countless women - and traded on the black market during WWII. In his 40s, he returned to Britain. When Vera refused to give him cash, he drowned her in the bath and when her mother tried to intervene, Merrett showed no mercy. Donald Merrett was one of the most colourful and daring criminals of his day. From his crimes as a teenager in Edinburgh to his demise, his story is told through drama reconstruction and expert opinion.
During World War Two an army of performers from ballerinas to magicians, contortionists to impressionists, set out to help win the war by entertaining the troops far and wide. Risking their lives they ventured into war zones, dodging explosions and performing close to enemy lines. Featuring the memories of this intrepid band of entertainers and with contributions from Dame Vera Lynn, Eric Sykes and Tony Benn, this documentary tells the remarkable story of the World War Two performers and hears the memories of some of those troops who were entertained during the dark days of war.