Sheila Garvie Views
Used to getting his own way, Max tried to come between them. The man who had forced them together now tried to prise them apart. On the morning of May 15, 1968, Sheila Garvie wakened in b ed to find her hus-band gone - or so she said. Reporting the matter to the police, Sheila said that nothing unusual had happened the night before.
Garvie’s glamorous wife Sheila had been having a passionate affair with a local man. The two lovers were subsequently sentenced to life for murder but their stories, along with that of another key witness, conflict to this day. The programme on BBC ALBA revisits their individual testimonies and asks who pulled the trigger, and who else stood by and watched.
In vivid drama reconstruction, the sinister story of Sheila Garvie and the brutal murder of her husband are brought to the screen. Interviews with journalists and lawyers recall the explosive trial that followed, in the High Court, Aberdeen. The programme stars Scots actress Gail Watson delivering a remarkable performance as Sheila.
From the outset of their marriage, Sheila was disturbed by his growing obsession with sex. He had multiple lovers, and established a nudist club known as ‘kinky cottage.’ As Garvie’s behaviour spiralled out of control, indulging in drugs and partner swapping, 33 year old Sheila fell in love with Brian Tevendale, aged 22, from Laurencekirk.