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Three Mothers, Two Babies and A Scandal heading to Prime Video UK

November 3, 2022

Firecrest Film’s Three Mothers, Two Babies and A Scandal will launch exclusively on Prime Video on November 18th for customers in the UK and Ireland. The documentary series will hear from the three of the women at the heart of an internet baby adoption scandal: Judith, Vickie and Tranda, speaking together for the very first time.

Produced for Prime Video by an all-female team at Firecrest Films, Three Mothers, Two Babies And A Scandal tells the tale of the first story to break the internet. The series contains twists and turns throughout and a mixture of shocking archive footage alongside new revelations from the three women.

Three Mothers, Two Babies And A Scandal begins at the turn of the millennium, where a news story exploded on both sides of the Atlantic. It was the early days of the internet, and a Welsh couple, Judith and Alan Kilshaw, paid $12,000 to adopt twin baby girls from a young American mother, Tranda. Global outrage ensued. The Kilshaws stood accused of buying the babies online and the new World Wide Web appeared to facilitate a global baby trade.

But in a shocking twist, the story didn’t stop there. A second couple emerged – the Allens from California, who claimed the twins had been kidnapped from their home.

The saga brought the issue of internet regulation and adoption all the way to parliament – leaving a legacy that is still felt in UK adoption law today. But at the time, their story was entertainment for the public on both sides of the Atlantic. From an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show to Judith Kilshaw’s face splashed on a tabloid front page, under the headline: “Is This The Most Hated Woman in Britain?”, the women were everywhere. Everyone had an opinion. In this new series, Prime Video will give viewers the full story, filling in the gaps in order to present them with an unbiased view of the facts. This is Judith, Vickie and Tranda’s story told in their own words. 

Nicole Kleeman, MD of Firecrest Films, said: “This is an extraordinary, transatlantic tale about the wild west of the internet in its infancy and the lengths three women went to – and the price they paid – in the name of motherhood. We’re honoured to have had the opportunity to meet the women at the centre of it and tell their fascinating story.”

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