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This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper 

This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s, showing the effect that it had on the health and career of Assistant ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Gerard Horan ...
 Detective Chief Superintendent John Domaille (2 episodes, 2000)
Stephen Moore ...
 Professor David Gee (2 episodes, 2000)
Claire Webzell ...
 Sonia Sutcliffe (2 episodes, 2000)
Paul Angelis ...
 Det. Chief Supt. Jack Ridgeway (2 episodes, 2000)
Pip Donaghy ...
 Det. Chief Supt. Will Brooks (2 episodes, 2000)
Howard Ward ...
 Det. Supt. John Stainthorpe (2 episodes, 2000)
Jim Millea ...
 Det. Insp. John Boyle (2 episodes, 2000)
John Graham-Davies ...
 Det. Insp. Tony Glendenning (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Det. Sgt. Peter Smith (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Det. Sgt. Parks (2 episodes, 2000)
Katharine Rogers ...
 WPC Sue Neave (2 episodes, 2000)
Laura Richmond ...
 WPC Ruth Ford (2 episodes, 2000)
Paula J. Horton ...
 WPC Susan Phillips (2 episodes, 2000)
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 DC Cambrook (2 episodes, 2000)
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 DC Cleasby (2 episodes, 2000)
Matt Healy ...
 DC Rogan (2 episodes, 2000)
Darren Roberts ...
 DC Wakeman (2 episodes, 2000)
Martin Ronan ...
 DC Sandford (2 episodes, 2000)
Terence Mann ...
 DC Marks (2 episodes, 2000)
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 DC Barkham (2 episodes, 2000)
John Griffin ...
 DC Garrett (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Keighley Constable (2 episodes, 2000)
Craig Cheetham ...
 Peter Sutcliffe (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Margaret Oldfield (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Gillian Oldfield (2 episodes, 2000)
Sam Townend ...
 Christopher Oldfield, aged 13 (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Christopher Oldfield aged 9 (2 episodes, 2000)
Neil Boorman ...
 Wilf MacDonald (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Sylvia Holland (2 episodes, 2000)
Suzanne Ellison ...
 Irene MacDonald (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Chapeltown Prostitute (2 episodes, 2000)
Tanya Myers ...
 Myra Lawton (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Terence Hawkshaw (2 episodes, 2000)
Jean Stevens ...
 Mrs. Hawkshaw (2 episodes, 2000)
Ken Bradshaw ...
 Adrian Windows (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Rita Rytka (2 episodes, 2000)
Ted Robbins ...
 Chauffeur (2 episodes, 2000)
Gemma Phoenix ...
 Schoolgirl (2 episodes, 2000)
Peter Lorenzelli ...
 Barker (2 episodes, 2000)
Laura Crossley ...
 Tracey Browne (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Mrs. Browne (2 episodes, 2000)
James Higgins ...
 Stevenson (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Asst. Chief Const. George Oldfield (2 episodes, 2000)
Chris Brailsford ...
 Ken Rees (2 episodes, 2000)
Gillian Brownson ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 2000)
Rosy Clayton ...
 Maggie (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Det. Chief Supt. Jim Hobson (2 episodes, 2000)
Steven Dykes ...
 Dewsbury Sergeant (2 episodes, 2000)
Juliet Ellis ...
 Olivia Reivers (2 episodes, 2000)
Keiran Flynn ...
 DC Andy Laptew (2 episodes, 2000)
Simon Hanna ...
 PC Robert Hydes (2 episodes, 2000)
Zoie Kennedy ...
 WPC (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Chief Const. Ronald Gregory (2 episodes, 2000)
Kate Layden ...
 Mrs. Sykes (2 episodes, 2000)
Francis Maguire ...
 DC Greenwood (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Diane Simpson (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Jimmy Furey (2 episodes, 2000)
James Quinn ...
 Det. Sgt. Desmond O'Boyle (2 episodes, 2000)
Malcolm Raeburn ...
 Bradford Sergeant (2 episodes, 2000)
Steve Ramsden ...
 Sergeant Bob Ring (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Det. Supt. Dick Holland (2 episodes, 2000)
Lynda Rooke ...
 Mrs. Hill (2 episodes, 2000)
Kate Rutter ...
 Jane Barker (2 episodes, 2000)
Mike Savage ...
 Det. Chief Supt. Clark (2 episodes, 2000)
(2 episodes, 2000)
John Kay Steel ...
 Professor Stanley Ellis (2 episodes, 2000)
Hannah Storey ...
 Teresa Sykes (2 episodes, 2000)
John Wheatley ...
 Keith McPhail (2 episodes, 2000)
Patricia Wilcock ...
 Rachel Horton (2 episodes, 2000)
Stephen Woods ...
 Police Pathologist (2 episodes, 2000)
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This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s, showing the effect that it had on the health and career of Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield who led the enquiry. Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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Excellent Docu Drama
21 October 2005 | by (Hamilton, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The whole point of why the Police are made to look clueless is because I'm afraid that is exactly what happened. If you did not know about the case you would think the same way as Boba Fett, in that its that ridiculous it cannot be true. Unfortunately all the major incidents and mistakes made by the Police portrayed in this 2 part series actually did happen. We should not forget that if the Ripper was to have practised his evil ways the year 2000 he would have been caught extremely quickly with all the advances in modern technology.

This is the late 1970s. No DNA testing, No Super Computers, No CCTV to name but a few.

Alan Armstrong gives an absolutely first class performance of George Oldfield and steals the show.

We are shown how much pressure the West Yorkshire Police force were under and how they were unable to deal with an investigation of such evil magnitude.

In hindsight it is very easy to criticise the Police however the programme takes great detail in explaining how they were sidetracked by the hoax letters and tapes which allowed Sutcliffe to continue for another 3 years and how in the end he was caught not by their great detective work but by pure chance.

If you read in detail about the Ripper case and the Police enquiry into it, some of the mishandling by The Police was astounding. If you don't know a little about the case it's easy to imagine its all fiction.

I think this programme is excellent viewing for anyone who is unaware of the case and offers an insight into the difficulties they had in the late 1970s.

A bit more detail could have went into the numerous alibis given for her husband by Sonia Sutcliffe as in my opinion this was the other reason, along with the tape, for him eluding capture for so long.


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