Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Maired Philpott, 31, appeared uneasy in the dock as a woman shouted abuse from the gallery, she was later removed by court officials. Police had already established the blaze had been started deliberately, and on Thursday the couple appeared in court charged with murdering six of Mr Philpott's seventeen children.
No application was made for bail. The fire at the home in Victory Road, Derby occurred on May 11. The Philpotts held a press conference two weeks ago praising the work of the fire brigade and sobbing uncontrollably at their loss.
Mick Philpott, a former baker and now unemployed, made headlines in 2007
in the UK when he demanded a larger council house to accommodate his 17 children, mistress and wife who all lived under the same roof.
The six children who died were aged between five and 13. Philpott's 17 children are from five different women and he made further headlines in 2011 when he appeared on the Jeremy Kyle Show
, a daytime talk show similar to the USA's Jerry Springer Show. At that time Philpott had 15 children and his wife and mistress were both pregnant. Kyle branded him a "lazy unemployed layabout" on his show.
The couple have been remanded in custody
, reports The Daily Mail and will appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.