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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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Additional Details

UK:120 min (including commercials) (2 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Very watchable but disappointing, 27 October 2004
Author: simon-118 from London

ITV managed to scoop itself with this two part drama by broadcasting a brilliant two part documentary on the case a month or two earlier, and one which gained far more recognition at the BAFTAs.

There's something pleasantly old-fashioned about this attempt at telling a very simple but tragic story: the (rather tacky) music picking up when people walk down corridors after making key discoveries, the lack of big name actors and so on, but it just feels rather flat. The period detail is very iffy: why does everyone own brand new 1979 model televisions? A small point but irritating. The drama also gets in a bit of a mess by beginning with the death of Jayne MacDonald, the first victim who wasn't a prostitute and the first one that really provoked much interest from the uncaring public and press. Yet despite the fact that after this it was acknowledged that no-one was safe, characters constantly reassure people that "he only kills pros...". While this is partly an attempt to illustrate police incomptentence, it seems bizarre a policeman would say that when he's just killed two women who aren't. The incident when the Geordie hoaxer telephoned the police to admit he was a hoaxer isn't included either, and after all the build up, it was probably a mistake to finally show Sutcliffe at all, as the shadowy figure that hovers in the background is very effective.

I wasn't that keen on Armstrong's performance, but I feel a lot of this is the fault of the writing. The dioalogue feels very clichéd in places and determined to not point any fingers of blame at anyone.

This is Personal is very watchable but far too innocuous. It was a shocking case and the is very little sympathy, fear or anger on display here.

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