The Thieving Headmistress

Wednesday, BBC2, 9pm IT is difficult to believe that the story of headmistress Colleen McCabe is actually true. But here we had a woman seen as a pillar of the community who stole huge amounts of money from her school to pay for a lavish lifestyle. Paulin

Wednesday, BBC2, 9pm

IT is difficult to believe that the story of headmistress Colleen McCabe is actually true.

But here we had a woman seen as a pillar of the community who stole huge amounts of money from her school to pay for a lavish lifestyle.

Pauline Quirke gives a remarkable performance as the headmistress who went from her early days as a nun to a woman taking every opportunity to collect her own wealth at the expense of her school.


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While she was spending money on holidays and clothes, the school saw pupils sharing worn out textbooks and having to clean their own classrooms.

It was not until a local education authority audit that the truth was revealed.

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