Based on a novel by Minette Walters, The Sculptress was the story of Olive Martin (Pauline Quirke), an unhappy, overweight young woman serving a life sentence in prison for brutally murdering her mother and sister. Enter author Rosalind Leigh (Caroline Goodall), newly commissioned to write Olive's biography. Persuaded that Olive was actually innocent of murder, Rosalind began to suspect that the poor woman was a victim of a wide-ranging conspiracy. Enlisting the aid of ex-cop Hal Hawkesley (Christopher Fulford), Rosalind was determined to uncover the truth -- and in the process, she ended up getting a lot more than she bargained for (and in some instances, a lot less). Provocatively raising more questions than answers, The Sculptress was telecast by BBC1 in four 50-minute installments, beginning on February 24, 1996.