Harold Shipman: Doctor Death (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  9 July 2002 (UK)
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Dramatisation of the true story of Harold Shipman, a GP (general practitioner, ie family doctor) from Hyde, Manchester, who was convicted in 2000 of murdering fifteen of his elderly ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Stainton ...
John Shaw
Olive Pendleton ...
Kathleen Grundy
Veda Warwick ...
May Clarke
Tony Melody ...
Len Fellows
Jacqueline Pilton ...
Primrose Shipman
Mary MacLeod ...
Ivy Lomas
Helen Donohue ...
Surgery Receptionist
Clare Kerrigan ...
Julie - Teenage Girl
Demelza Randall ...
Debbie Bambroffe
Irene Skillington ...
Bereaved Woman
Alan Massey
John Flanagan ...
Jim King
Deborah Norton ...
Debra King
Sushil Chudasama ...
Junior Doctor


Dramatisation of the true story of Harold Shipman, a GP (general practitioner, ie family doctor) from Hyde, Manchester, who was convicted in 2000 of murdering fifteen of his elderly patients and is suspected of murdering many more of them. Written by Anonymous

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John Hurt was offered the title role but declined because he thought the project was distasteful. See more »

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20 July 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Dr Harold Shipman caused a massive stir when he was convicted and jailed for murdering 15 of his patients . " How could this have happened ? " was the public outcry , but after watching this docudrama I doubt if anyone will be any the wiser . There`s nothing fundamentally wrong about SHIPMAN except for the fact that it portrays Dr Harold Shipman as being extremely arrogant and conceited . Fine you may say , he was a mass murderer and he was , but what SHIPMAN doesn`t show is the way the general public and people in authority view doctors . Having read interviews with patients of Shipman many of them spoke about what a wonderful doctor he was and a really nice human being , many people refused to believe that a doctor in general and Shipman in particular would harm one never mind over a dozen sick patients but none of this is shown , only people who are suspicious about him at the outset and watching James Bolam`s performance you`d be hard pressed to believe anyone could be taken in by him . SHIPMAN was made with hindsight and I`ve got a really uneasy feeling it was made solely to cash in on the inquiry that concluded Friday 19th July 2002

At the inquiry it was revealed Shipman had murdered for certain 215 ( Two hundred and fifteen ) patients between May 1975 and June 1998 with another possible 45( Forty five ) murdered making him by far Britain`s most prolific serial killer. Shipman has never revealed why he did it and probably never will making any future film article or book deals pointless . Who cares why. He murdered scores of people and that`s the only fact that matters

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