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Death on the Common: My Mother's Murder

  • Documentary and factual
  • Crime/detective
  • 2021
  • Daniel Harrison

Summary

Documentary revisiting the murder of Rachel Nickell from the perspective of her son. Alex Hanscombe was just two years old when he was the sole witness to his mother's killing on Wimbledon Common in July 1992. The press and public became obsessed with the `tragic tot" and worried about the impact it had on him. Months after Rachel's death, Alex and his father Andre fled the country. Now they return to the UK, and to Wimbledon Common, together. Alex also meets key people from the time, including family, friends and professionals involved in the case, and offers insight into the impact of his childhood trauma

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Following the Channel 4 drama Deceit, which depicted the controversial undercover police operation that followed the murder of Rachel Nickell, we now get further exploration of the investigation but from a different angle. Nickell’s son Alex was just two years old when he witnessed the frenzied attack that ended his mother’s life. And now, nearly 30 years on, he’s set to return to the scene of the crime on Wimbledon Common and meet professionals involved in the case, as he tries to learn more about the impressions they formed of the little boy they met back in 1992. We’re also set to hear from Alex’s father Andre Hanscombe about the efforts he made at the time to shield his son from the trauma. 

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Credits

Cast

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SelfAlex Hanscombe

Crew

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DirectorDaniel Harrison
ComposerChris Chambers
EditorReva Childs

Details

Released on
2021-09-07
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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