The Yorkshire Ripper (W/T) Written by George Kay and produced by Des & White House Farm producers, New Pictures
Following the phenomenal ratings success and critical acclaim of Des and White House Farm, ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned The Yorkshire Ripper (w/t) from the same producers, award winning independent production company, New Pictures in association with all3media international.
The drama will depict one of the most notorious and shocking serial killer cases in the world, the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, between October 1975 and January 1981, police undertook the biggest manhunt in British criminal history. The search for Sutcliffe lasted five years, involved over a thousand officers and changed the way the British police worked forever.
Written by acclaimed screenwriter George Kay (Criminal), The Yorkshire Ripper (w/t) is a true crime drama which will follow the desperate, cat and mouse hunt for Sutcliffe focusing upon the police investigation and the lives of the victims who fatally crossed his path.
New Pictures co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Willow Grylls (Des, White House Farm, The Missing) will executive produce the drama with renowned director Paul Whittington (White House Farm, Little Boy Blue, The Moorside, The Crown) directing the series.
Willow Grylls and the team at New Pictures have delivered two brilliantly executed and intelligent interpretations of true crime stories in White House Farm and Des. I'm confident that The Yorkshire Ripper will be provide a similarly impactful portrayal of the Yorkshire Ripper crime story and will prove to be a compelling series for viewers around the world.All3Media International Chief Executive Officer, Louise Pedersen
Meticulously researched and drawing upon the most extensive archive of the investigation, comprising of hundreds of case files, interview transcripts and police reports, The Yorkshire Ripper (w/t) will be the first definitive account of a case that shook Britain.
Based upon Michael Bilton’s highly praised book, Wicked Beyond Belief: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, George Kay’s scripts will focus on the lives of the Sutcliffe’s victims, the loved ones they left behind, and the everlasting toll the investigation took on the detectives who led the investigation.
What began as a series of murders on sex workers in Leeds, soon spread across the whole of the North of England, to women of all backgrounds, living in all different neighbourhoods. In all, Sutcliffe killed thirteen, and attempted to kill seven others. By the late 1970s, Sutcliffe had terrorised Britain creating a national obsession of finding out the killer’s true identity. He was finally caught in 1981 and was sentenced to 20 concurrent sentences of life imprisonment.
One murder has the power to cast a long shadow with the case plunging a whole society into darkness. For every victim, there are friends and loved ones. For every police officer, there is the burden of failure - of near misses and guilt - the knowledge that as they fail to find their man, more women continue to suffer. The impact on the lives of those who live on after the deaths of their loved ones. Those would cannot escape what happened, who let it affect them into adulthood or the decades after facing their own life sentences. The focus is on those lives and losses of many more.
I am delighted to be working with Willow and Paul again, after they made the brilliant White House Farm. This promises to be a definitive look at this infamous case, and will be sensitively dramatised for ITV by this formidable team, who have a proven track record in bringing these true stories to screen.Polly Hill
The six-part series is produced by New Pictures in association with all3media international for ITV. Executive produced by Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke with George Kay, Paul Whittington and Michael Bilton.
ITV commissions Two Brothers Pictures’ new gripping psychological thriller Angela Black starring Golden Globe® winner Joanne Froggatt
Acclaimed British actress Joanne Froggatt will return to ITV starring in its brand-new Hitchcockian thriller, Angela Black; a 6x60’ psychological drama produced by multi-award-winning production company Two Brothers Pictures, in association with all3media International, and written by BAFTA-nominated and Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning producers and screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Liar, Fleabag).
Golden Globe® and BIFA-award winner and three times Emmy® nominated Joanne Froggatt (Liar, Downton Abbey) takes on the role of Angela, a suburban housewife whose seemingly perfect life isn’t all it appears to be. Also cast is Michiel Huisman (The Age of Adaline, Game of Thrones, The Haunting of Hill House) in the role of Angela’s husband Olivier, and BIFA-award winner Samuel Adewunmi (The Hatton Garden Job, The Last Tree, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man) who will star as enigmatic stranger, Ed.
Angela Black’s life appears idyllic: a lovely house in suburban London, days working as a volunteer at the dogs’ home, two wonderful sons and a charismatic, hard-working husband, Olivier (Michiel Huisman). However, beneath this façade of charmed domesticity, Angela is also the victim of domestic abuse.
I am honoured to be working with Two Brothers Pictures again and this important and timely story from the brilliant Harry and Jack Williams is like nothing I’ve read before. Angela is a complex and intriguing character and I hope audiences will be immediately drawn into her gripping, and sometimes heart-breaking journey, just as I wasJoanne Froggatt
Trapped in a relationship she cannot escape, Angela is approached out of the blue by Ed (Samuel Adewunmi), a private investigator, who spills Olivier’s darkest secrets. When faced with some horrifying truths about her husband, a stunned Angela is left reeling. Can she really trust Ed? Can she leave behind her life as she knows it and finally free herself from Olivier? With one encounter, Angela’s life switches from school runs and the dogs’ home to private detectives and buried secrets as she risks everything she holds dear to fight back against the man who has suppressed and tormented her for most of her life.
The series been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said: “Angela Black is a gripping thriller from Jack and Harry Williams. They are masters of surprising storytelling and there are some wonderful twists in this compelling tale. I’m delighted they have written Angela Black for ITV and that Joanne Froggatt will play the lead character.”