When an Irish prisoner in Tasmania in the 1820s was reduced by the prison colony experience to serial cannibalism, it was a story that rocked the English-speaking world in its day. This fully dramatised documentary, part of RTE's acclaimed and multi-award winning Hidden History series, explores a shocking episode in the controversial history of Van Diemen's Land. Written in Gaelic, the last confession of Alexander Pearce remained hidden for nearly 30 years. This is the remarkable story of how one man endured the unimaginable by doing the unthinkable. Told as a factual drama, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce features the stunning and foreboding landscape of south west Tasmania and immaculate acting performances that draw a visceral and compelling picture of a hell on earth.