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26 January 2000 (UK) See more »
This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s... See more »
5 nominations See more »
(2 articles)
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 (Series Cast) (in credits order)

Alun Armstrong ... Asst. Chief Const. George Oldfield

Richard Ridings ... Det. Supt. Dick Holland
James Laurenson ... Chief Const. Ronald Gregory
John Duttine ... Det. Chief Supt. Jim Hobson
Gerard Horan ... Detective Chief Superintendent John Domaille
Stephen Moore ... Professor David Gee
Claire Webzell ... Sonia Sutcliffe
Paul Angelis ... Det. Chief Supt. Jack Ridgeway
Pip Donaghy ... Det. Chief Supt. Will Brooks (as Pip Donaghay)
Howard Ward ... Det. Supt. John Stainthorpe
Jim Millea ... Det. Insp. John Boyle
John Graham-Davies ... Det. Insp. Tony Glendenning

Andrew Readman ... Det. Sgt. Peter Smith

David Prosho ... Det. Sgt. Parks
Katharine Rogers ... WPC Sue Neave
Laura Richmond ... WPC Ruth Ford
Paula J. Horton ... WPC Susan Phillips
Simon Lenagan ... DC Cambrook

Tim Dantay ... DC Cleasby
Matt Healy ... DC Rogan
Darren Roberts ... DC Wakeman
Martin Ronan ... DC Sandford
Terence Mann ... DC Marks

Marcus Romer ... DC Barkham
John Griffin ... DC Garrett

David Maybrick ... Keighley Constable
Craig Cheetham ... Peter Sutcliffe

Maggie Ollerenshaw ... Margaret Oldfield

Kimberley Walsh ... Gillian Oldfield
Sam Townend ... Christopher Oldfield, aged 13

Matthew Lewis ... Christopher Oldfield aged 9
Neil Boorman ... Wilf MacDonald

Sue Cleaver ... Sylvia Holland
Suzanne Ellison ... Irene MacDonald

Liz Hume Dawson ... Chapeltown Prostitute
Tanya Myers ... Myra Lawton (as Tania Myers)

Mark Benton ... Terence Hawkshaw
Jean Stevens ... Mrs. Hawkshaw
Ken Bradshaw ... Adrian Windows

Vinette Robinson ... Rita Rytka
Ted Robbins ... Chauffeur
Gemma Phoenix ... Schoolgirl (as Gemma Pheonix)
Peter Lorenzelli ... Barker
Laura Crossley ... Tracey Browne
Christine Mackie ... Mrs. Browne
James Higgins ... Stevenson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Brailsford ... Ken Rees
Gillian Brownson ... Nurse
Rosy Clayton ... Maggie
Steven Dykes ... Dewsbury Sergeant
Juliet Ellis ... Olivia Reivers
Keiran Flynn ... DC Andy Laptew
Simon Hanna ... PC Robert Hydes
Zoie Kennedy ... WPC
Kate Layden ... Mrs. Sykes
Francis Maguire ... DC Greenwood

Olwen May ... Diane Simpson

Dominic Monaghan ... Jimmy Furey
James Quinn ... Det. Sgt. Desmond O'Boyle
Malcolm Raeburn ... Bradford Sergeant
Steve Ramsden ... Sergeant Bob Ring
Lynda Rooke ... Mrs. Hill
Kate Rutter ... Jane Barker
Mike Savage ... Det. Chief Supt. Clark

Jack P. Shepherd
John Kay Steel ... Professor Stanley Ellis
Hannah Storey ... Teresa Sykes
John Wheatley ... Keith McPhail
Patricia Wilcock ... Rachel Horton
Stephen Woods ... Police Pathologist
Jonathan Bridge ... Policeman in Park (uncredited)
Sue Clarke ... Female protestor (uncredited)
John Samuel Humble ... Himself - Wearside Jack (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)
John Robinson ... Plainclothes Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
David Richards 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Neil McKay 

Produced by
Mike Dormer .... producer
Jeff Pope .... executive producer
Mark Redhead .... executive producer
John Rushton .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hal Lindes 
Cinematography by
Peter Greenhalgh 
Film Editing by
Nick McPhee 
Casting by
Stephanie Booth 
Lisa Harris 
Production Design by
Chris Wilkinson 
Art Direction by
Paula Barrington  (as Paula Barrington-Rossiter)
Costume Design by
Ray Holman 
Makeup Department
Emma Ferguson .... makeup designer
Emma Ferguson .... makeup supervisor
Juliet Jackson .... makeup artist
Jessica Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Susy Liddell .... head of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sue de Beauvoir .... first assistant director
Jonathan Leather .... third assistant director
Toni Staples .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Betts .... property master
Julie Ann Horan .... assistant art director
Peter O'Rourke .... action props
Ron Pritchard .... property buyer
Sound Department
Bill Dodkin .... sound recordist
Dominic Field .... adr editor
Roy Lafbery .... dubbing editor
Nick Moss .... assistant dubbing mixer
Adam Severs .... dubbing mixer
Rick Williams .... dubbing editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Acton .... electrician
Mike Alcock .... electrician
Bill Aston .... best boy
David Bourke .... best boy
Julian Bucknall .... focus puller
Jim Drysdale .... electrician (as Jim Drisdale)
Charlie England .... clapper loader
Tom Gates .... gaffer
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator
Neil Marland .... unit photographer
Lee Martin .... electrician
Mickey May .... electrician (as Mikey May)
Darren Miller .... first assistant camera dailies
Jamie Summers .... electrician
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator (as Alf Tremontin)
John Trew .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Camilla Fiddian-Green .... costume supervisor
Giles Gale .... wardrobe master
Melanie Levack .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Robert Hough .... post-production coordinator
Neil Turner .... telecine colorist
Music Department
John Mackswith .... music recordist
Other crew
Deborah Coombes .... production coordinator
Hilary Fagg .... script supervisor
Lisa Gilchrist .... researcher
Mark Herbert .... location manager
Chris Maloney .... assistant: Mr. Armstrong
Dean Sipling .... production accountant
Mark Turner .... floor runner
Brett Wilson .... location assistant

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UK:120 min (including commercials) (2 parts)
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Docu Drama, 21 October 2005
Author: Ally from Hamilton, Scotland

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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