TV - Rillington Place


BBC One announces that Tim Roth and Samantha Morton will lead the cast for Rillington Place, which begins filming in Scotland...

This gripping three-part drama is based on the real-life multiple murders undertaken by John Christie in Notting Hill in the 1940s and 50s. The subsequent tragic miscarriage of justice, which led to Timothy Evans being hanged for a crime he did not commit, contributed towards the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.

Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, Cannes Film Festival award-winning Chronic, Pulp Fiction, Lie To Me) plays John Christie, who lived at the infamous address with his wife, Ethel (Samantha Morton, The Unloved, Longford, In America), from where he carried out the multiple murders. Newly-weds Timothy and Beryl Evans, played by Nico Mirallegro (The Village, Common) and Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster, Thirteen), fall prey to Christie’s influence after moving into a neighbouring flat.

If you think this sounds familiar, the same true story was the inspiration for the 1971 film, 10 Rillington Place, which starred Richard Attenborough, Pat Heywood, Judy Geeson and John Hurt as well as the well known book by Ludovic Kennedy.

Samantha Morton said of being cast in the drama, "I am very much looking forward to being part of Rillington Place with wonderful director Craig Viveiros in Glasgow, a city I love. And I am of course a huge fan of Tim Roth, so it's a thrill to be working alongside him.”

Writers Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone added “This is a story you just can't look away from: an unlikely serial killer who orchestrated a devastating miscarriage of justice. It has drawn us in at every turn and has attracted an incredibly exciting level of talent who are as committed as we are to bringing it to life.”

Phillippa Giles, Executive Producer for Bandit Television, also said "This is an incredible cast. A tribute to the beautiful texture of the scripts and Craig Viveiros's reputation as a director."

The 3 part hour-long episode drama is made by BBC Drama Production in association with Bandit Television for BBC One. It is directed by Craig Viveiros (And Then There Were None) and written by Ed Whitmore (He Kills Coppers) and Tracey Malone (Born To Kill).

Rillington Place will be filmed at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios, and on location in Glasgow and London.

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