Serial killer Christie in new drama

Programme Name: Rillington Place - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: General release John Christie (TIM ROTH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Des Willie
Programme Name: Rillington Place - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: General release John Christie (TIM ROTH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Des Willie
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A new BBC drama based on the grisly murders committed by Halifax-born John Reginald Halliday Christie is to air this month.

Rillington Place will focus on the true stories of murderer Christie, his wife Ethel, and their neighbour Timothy Evans, who all lived at the notorious address in Notting Hill, London.

Timothy Evans was sentenced to death by hanging for murdering his wife and infant daughter, but three years after his execution, Christie was found to be a serial killer who had murdered at least eight women, including his own wife.

Before his own execution, Christie, born in Northowram, confessed to murdering Mrs Evans and a later official inquiry found he had also murdered Evans’ daughter.

Told from each of their viewpoints, the series will explore the relationships and individual actions that led to the miscarriage of justice, which contributed towards the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.

The first episode sees Christie, played by Tim Roth, and his estranged wife Ethel, played by Samantha Morton, reunite after a nine-year separation.

They move into the infamous 10 Rillington Place and as war breaks out, the fractures in their relationship begin to reappear, with deceit, suspicion and violence simmering below the veneer of married respectability.

The drama, which will be told in three parts, will hit screens at 9pm on November 29, on BBC One.