The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Lord Lucan is the subject of an ITV drama which is yet to be broadcast – but a relative of the Peer and the son of his alleged murder victim have already voiced their opposition to it happening at all.
The son of murder victim Sandra Rivett – bludgeoned to death on the night of November 7 1974, when Lord Lucan disappeared – has said that ITV is “profiting” from his mother’s death.
“I can understand interest in certain aspects of the case, but I think depicting the murder is appalling.”
ITV had already said in a statement on the drama: “ITV has contacted everyone immediately connected with the story and given them a chance to engage and discuss any concerns. No one connected with this story had declared they were unhappy about us pursuing the drama. This includes the Lucan family and, in particular, the family of Sandra Rivett. The drama is not a re-hash of the story but rather seeks to provide a new insight into the events of 7 November 1974 and, crucially, attempts to answer the riddle of what became of Lord Lucan.”
In the drama, Lucan is portrayed by Rory Kinnear who does not reveal what he thinks happened on the night he disappeared.
“I don’t like to judge the characters I play,” he told Radio Times. ”And you don’t tell the audience what they’re meant to be thinking. But when you tell real-life stories you remove the ability to dismiss it as you would a work of fiction. Something like this happened. If we can’t judge, we can try to understand.”
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