BBC One orders ‘Rillington Place’ drama based on shocking true story

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BBC One has announced the commission of a new true crime drama from Silent Witness writer Ed Whitmore and Born To Kill writer Tracey Malone.

Rillington Place is based on the real life multiple murders that took place around the late 1940s/early 1950s at the notorious address in Notting Hill.

The three 60-minute episodes will be directed by Craig Viveiros, who directed BBC One’s recent And Then There Were None adaptation.

Executive producer Phillippa Giles commented: “This has been a passion piece involving close relationships with the surviving family members, which we have developed over several years – it will be hugely emotional to start filming this painful story and finally bring it to screen.”

Hilary Salmon, Head of BBC Drama Production England, added: “We are thrilled to be bringing this iconic story to BBC One. Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone have written three brilliant scripts which really crack open the mysteries and motivations of the Christie case.”

The official synopsis reads: “Rillington Place focuses on the true stories of murderer John Christie, his wife Ethel, and their neighbour Timothy Evans, who all lived at the infamous address. Told from each of their viewpoints, this compelling drama explores the relationships and individual actions that led to this tragic miscarriage of justice, which contributed towards the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.”

Filming will begin next month in Dumbarton.

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