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John Christie stands on the threshold of a room where he has committed unspeakable horrors. “Oh dear, dear, dear,” he simpers, with monstrous understatement.
Tim Roth is brilliant as Christie, manipulating a sweet, dreadfully naive young married couple who move in upstairs at squalid 10
. Tim and Beryl Evans (heartbreaking Nico Mirallegro and Jodie Comer) are two bruised innocents struggling with money and illiterate Tim’s compulsion to tell lies.
They have a baby daughter, Geraldine, but when Beryl becomes pregnant for a second time, she knows they won’t be able to cope. Christie, whose malign presence suffocates that awful house, watches, listens and waits, preparing to make his move: “I have helped couples in a similar situation, Tim.”
What follows led to an infamous miscarriage of justice and Mirallegro is so good you’ll want to shout at him not to listen. But he does, and his world collapses.
When newlyweds Tim and Beryl move into 10 Rillington Place, they are befriended by their older neighbours, Reg and Ethel Christie. As time passes and their relationship hits a rough patch, Reg's interest and influence over the couple takes a much more sinister turn. Drama, starring Tim Roth and Samantha Morton.
Cast & Crew
Detective Chief Inspector
Rhys AP William
Full Episode Guide
Does Rillington Place still exist?
Find out what happened to John Christie’s house depicted in the BBC drama starring Tim Roth
Meet the cast of Rillington Place
A timeline of John Christie's crimes and their discovery – and the bits Rillington Place missed out
Why is it so hard to hear the dialogue in TV dramas?
What did you think of Rillington Place?
Why does Timothy Evans’ accent keep changing from cockney to Welsh in Rillington Place?
How historically accurate is Rillington Place episode two?
Rillington Place viewers were very confused by Timothy Evans' accent – but there's an explanation
Rillington Place: The tragic real-life story of the trial of Timothy Evans
Who was John Christie? The real story of the Rillington Place serial killer
Rillington Place's Tim Roth on playing serial killer John Christie: "I thought 'My God, what have I got into?'"
Could you hear what was going on in Rillington Place?