BBC One today announces that Tim Roth and Samantha Morton will lead the cast for Rillington Place, which begins filming tomorrow 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 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 (The Hateful Eight) plays John Christie, who lived at the infamous address with his wife, Ethel (Samantha Morton), from where he carried out the multiple murders. Newly-weds Timothy and Beryl Evans, played by Nico Mirallegro (The Village) and Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster), fall prey to Christie’s influence after moving into a neighbouring flat.
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.”
Phillippa Giles, Executive Producer for Bandit Television, says: “This is an incredible cast. A tribute to the beautiful texture of the scripts and Craig Viveiros’s reputation as a director.”
The 3×60 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). Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC TV Channels and iPlayer, and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, the executive producers are Phillippa Giles for Bandit Television, part of Endemol Shine Group, and Hilary Salmon for BBC Drama Production. It is produced by Sharon Bloom (Silent Witness).
Rillington Place will be filmed at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios, and on location in Glasgow and London.