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Harold Shipman: Doctor Death (2002)

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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Tells the story of Dr. Harold Shipman, who is believed to have killed as many as 250 of his patients.

Director: Clive Entwistle
Stars: Peter Lane, Harold Shipman


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
Debbie Bambroffe
Irene Skillington ...
Bereaved Woman
Alan Massey
John Flanagan ...
Jim King
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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9 July 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Prescription for Murder  »

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Excellent movie lots to learn about police investigation
19 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked James Bolam in the series "New Tricks" where he played a cold case detective. In this movie he was a really evil doctor who had a way with words that fooled his patients. They trusted him and talked good about him.

Police investigated a suspicious death of one of his patients. Dr Shipman had a friend in the funeral business. He would sign a death certificate give it to the funeral home director and would get money from the director. When a patient dies everyone trusted the doctor and no one is investigated until a lady dies whose daughter was a lawyer and saw forged documents supposedly signed by her mother giving the doctor her estate. Most of the people that died under his care were cremated soon after.

After watching this I saw how liars lie and sound truthful. I saw how hard it is for police to get answers and this made it hard for prosecutors to get a criminal found guilty. I have more respect for the police after this. As I watched the police interrogate Dr Shipman they asked several questions that were crucial and Shipman had all the answers. The police did not threaten or raise their voice. After watching Shipman playing dumb I would not make a good cop. The police were very respectful.

DI Egerton played by James Hazeldine is so excellent in pursuing this case to get at the truth. He goes to speak to a pastor of the church. He believes Shipman killed a lot of people but does not know why. He talks it out with the pastor. DI Egerton is very professional he respects those police on the case questioning Dr Shipman. There were documents predated on Shipman's computer but the hard drive told the investigator the documents were created on the day his patients died not before like he predated their symptoms.

I think this is a great movie for those involved in law enforcement, investigating and gathering witnesses and knowing how to get info from their computers.

Excellent movie

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