Suffragette secrets could be revealed

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A NATIONAL television programme hopes to shed new light on the death of Northumberland Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

Clare Balding will present Secret of a Suffragette, examining the original footage of Emily’s Derby protest that led to her death.

On June 4, 1913, Emily stepped into the path of the King’s horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby and suffered serious head injuries. She never recovered and died four days later in hospital.

The new programme looks at the shocking footage of the collision captured on three newsreel cameras, analysing it frame by frame with a team of forensic experts, who believe they have made new discoveries about what happened that day.

There is also an attempt to uncover the story of Emily herself and find out how a middle class governess could become such a radical activist. And it explores the hidden history of the militant Suffragettes and their brutal treatment by the authorities.

It will be aired on Channel 4 on Sunday, at 8pm.