Rillington Place is a 2016 British three-part BBC television mini-series about John Christie, the necrophile serial killer who murdered eight women and stowed their bodies behind the walls, under the floor, and in the yard of his Notting Hill house. It was directed by Craig Vivairos from a script by Tracey Malone and Ed Whitmore.
Before the extent of Christie’s chilling crimes were detected, Timothy Evans, an innocent man, was unjustly hung for the murder of his pregnant wife Beryl.
Tim Roth stars as John Christie. His wife Ethel is played by Samantha Morton. Nico Mirallegro and Jodie Comer play lodgers Timothy and Beryl Evans who are drawn into Christie’s dark world and pay the ultimate price…
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The story of John Christie’s murder spree was previously dramatised in the 1971 film 10 Rillington Place with Michael Attenborough as the infamous multiple murderer.
“The sheer menace of the thing is extraordinary. The interiors are tiny, dark, oppressive. The script is minimal, elliptical … Tim Rothas Christie is an ocean of malevolence packed into one small, unassuming frame. And Samantha Morton as Ethel, upon whom the impossible truth slowly, almost imperceptibly dawns, is a world of pain entire.” Lucy Mangan, The Guardian
“The bleakness of Britain in the Forties and early Fifties was well caught by director Craig Vivairos. The depressing mise-en-scène – soot-stained brickwork and damp bubbling underneath flock wallpaper – was appropriately oppressive, as was the sparsity of the dialogue, indicating the joylessness of the Christies’ lives.” Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph
The series was released on Blu-ray and DVD by the BBC on January 16, 2017.
On June 13, 2018, Rillington Place was added to Netflix in the UK.
Related: 10 Rillington Place
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