Cast announced for real-life murder story.
Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, Pulp Fiction) and Samantha Morton (Longford, In America) are to star in BBC One’s new three-part drama, Rillington Place, as filming begins.
Written by Ed Whitmore (He Kills Coppers) and Tracey Malone (Born To Kill), and directed by Craig Viveiros (And Then There Were None), the drama is based on the real-life multiple murders undertaken by John Christie in Notting Hill in the 1940s and Fifties. 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 plays multiple murderer John Christie, who lived at the infamous address with his wife, Ethel (Morton). Nico Mirallegro (The Village, Common) and Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster, Thirteen) also star as newly-weds Timothy and Beryl Evans, who fall prey to Christie’s influence after moving into a neighbouring flat.
Samantha Morton says: “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 say: “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.”
Rillington Place is made by BBC Drama Production in association with Bandit Television.
Filming begins Monday, 21st March at Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios, with filming also taking place in London.