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The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
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There are some powerful scenes in writer Peter Morgan’s dramatic essay on the destruction of a blameless man’s reputation. But one in particular sticks in the mind. When Bristol landlord and retired teacher Christopher Jefferies is released from custody after his arrest on suspicion of murdering his tenant, 25-year-old Joanna Yeates, he is left alone by a kind friend to read through a pile of newspapers.
Jefferies (played with extraordinary delicacy by Jason Watkins) sees, for the first time, that his life has been filleted then smothered in lurid lies. “Weird Posh Lewd” screams one headline; “The Nutty Professor” shouts another. Jefferies was guilty of nothing, apart from having a curious hairstyle.
The Lost Honour is a frightening contemporary morality tale of the evil that can be done by a howling press pack in full cry, and Watkins is brilliant as a man who is swallowed whole, then spat out.
The first of a two-part, fact-based drama, starring Jason Watkins. It's December 2010 and retired teacher Christopher Jefferies finds his life in Bristol turned upside down when the police question him about the disappearance of his young tenant Joanna Yeates, who has gone missing just before Christmas. Her murder then becomes a major news story and the press seize upon Jefferies as a suspect, despite a lack of evidence - with destructive results. With Ben Caplan, Shaun Parkes, Nathalie Armin and Joe Sims.
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