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BBC To Re-Tell Grisly Events Behind Rillington Place Murders

The tragic tale of miscarriage of justice contributed to the abolition of the death penalty.

21/03/2016 13:20 GMT

A brand new BBC drama will retell the real-life grisly events behind the multiple murders committed by John Christie in Notting Hill in the 1940s and '50s, made famous by the 1971 film '10 Rillington Place'. 

Tim Roth and Samantha Morton will star in 'Rillington Place', which starts filming today in Scotland. 

The three-part drama will follow the same events as the earlier film, which starred Richard Attenborough as the killer, and John Hurt as his neighbour Timothy Evans. 

 

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Richard Attenborough and John Hurt starred in the 1971 film about the same events

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 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', 'Common') and Jodie Comer ('Doctor Foster', 'Thirteen'), fall prey to Christie’s influence after moving into a neighbouring flat.

 The drama will be directed by Craig Viveiros, who enjoyed recent success with Agatha Christie adaptation 'And Then There Were None'.