The shocking real-life story of serial killer John Christie is being adapted for BBC1. The channel has commissioned a TV drama based on the multiple murders which took place at his infamous Notting Hill address during the 1940s and 50s.
Rillington Place will focus on murderer Christie, his wife Ethel and their neighbour Timothy Evans, telling the story from each of their viewpoints.
The three-part drama will follow the “exceptional case and its colossal repercussions,” which changed British society and significantly contributed towards the abolition of capital punishment.
Christie is known for murdering a number of women, including Ethel, by strangling them and then hiding their bodies in his flat and in the communal garden at Rillington Place. The drama will focus on the “tragic miscarriage of justice” which saw Evans convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
This isn’t the first time the shocking tale has been dramatised. The case inspired 1971 film 10 Rillington Place, which starred Richard Attenborough and John Hurt.
“This has been a passion piece involving close relationships with the surviving family members, which we have developed over several years – it will be hugely emotional to start filming this painful story and finally bring it to screen,” says executive producer Philippa Giles.
Rillington Place is written by Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone and will be directed by And Then There Were None’s Craig Viveiros. Filming will begin in March. The drama is yet to be cast.