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A Is for Acid (2002)

John George Haigh, the notorious "acid bath murderer" in 1940s England, becomes the subject of this dramatization.

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John George Haigh
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Gillian Rogers
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Archie Henderson
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Rose Henderson
Rowena Cooper ...
Mrs. Durand-Deacon
John Flanagan ...
Arnold Burtin
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DS Heslin
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Mrs Constance Lane
Barbara Marten ...
Emily Haigh
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John Haigh Senior
Christopher Town ...
John George Haigh (as a boy)
Neil McKinven ...
Donald McSwan
Claire Nielson ...
Amy McSwan
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William McSwan
Christopher Ettridge ...
Steven Rogers (as Chris Ettridge)
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Dramatisation of the true story of the notorious "acid bath murderer" John Haigh, who murdered women and disposed of their bodies in vats of acid in the 1940's. He was only caught when the gallstones of one of his victims, Mrs Durand-Deacon, failed to dissolve in the acid and were detected by the pathologist who examined the residue from the acid bath. Written by van_whistler@hotmail.com

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In 1945, the widow Olive Durand-Deacon describes her husband as having served in "The Glorious Glosters". Although a common nickname for the Gloucestershire Regiment, it derives from their heroism at the battle of the Imjin River during the Korean War - in 1951. See more »

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Referenced in Psychoville: Joy (2009) See more »

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When the Lights Go On Again
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A Fabulous Adaptation!
30 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Martin Clunes is again is a wonderful actor in this drama of a true story set in the war years. He plays a highly convincing murderer and plays the part wonderfully. Another great British drama which is very interesting to watch. 'Goodbye, Mr Chips' is another great British drama which no american ones even seem to get close to! Keep them coming British tv, keep this entertaining drama coming.

Worth 9/10 definitely!


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