As everyone’s tongue is a-wagging about the Steven Avery story in the unprecedented Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” BBC Drama Production has teamed up with Bandit Television to produce a three-part drama based around another real case of suspected injustice.
Going by the title of “Rillington Place,” the BBC’s latest mini-series will follow the lives of John Reginald Christie; his wife, Ethel; and their neighbor, Timothy Evans, amidst a spate of murders that shook London’s Notting Hill district to its very core in the 1940s and ’50s.
The case triggered all kinds of controversy when Timothy Evans was first charged for murdering his wife and daughter, Beryl and Geraldine, respectively, and hanged in 1950 before evidence of John Christie’s guilt was discovered some three years later. Christie was sentenced and hanged for having murdered at least eight women, including his wife, Ethel, whilst Evans received a posthumous pardon in 1966 and capital punishment was subsequently abolished in Britain.
This won’t be the first time the story has been adapted into a screenplay with Richard Fleischer’s 10 Rillington Place having been released back in 1971 starring Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, and Judy Geeson.
No cast members have been attached to the project at time of writing. This new adaptation comes from writers Ed Whitmore (“He Kills Coppers”) and Tracey Malone (“Born to Kill”) with Craig Viveiros (The Liability, Ghosted) taking on directorial duties. Principal photography is scheduled to begin at the end of March this year.
In the meanwhile, we’ll leave you with the late, great Richard Attenborough discussing working with John Hurt and Richard Fleischer and performing the role of a murderer for the 1971 film adaptation.