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9 September 2002 (UK) See more »
John George Haigh, the notorious "acid bath murderer" in 1940s England, becomes the subject of this dramatization. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Martin Clunes ... John George Haigh

Keeley Hawes ... Gillian Rogers

Richard Hope ... Dr. Archie Henderson

Celia Imrie ... Rose Henderson
Rowena Cooper ... Mrs. Olive Durand-Deacon
John Flanagan ... Arnold Burtin

Terence Beesley ... DS Heslin
Matyelok Gibbs ... Mrs. Constance Lane
Barbara Marten ... Emily Haigh

Geoff Holman ... John Haigh Senior
Neil McKinven ... Donald McSwan
Christopher Town ... John George Haigh (as a boy)
Claire Nielson ... Amy McSwan
Donald Douglas ... William McSwan
Christopher Ettridge ... Steven Rogers (as Chris Ettridge)
Sally Carman ... Betty Haigh
Duggie Brown ... Morrison

Emma Cooke ... Mrs. Louisa Bird
Paula Stockbridge ... Mrs. Kirkwood
Amanda Haberland ... Sgt. Lambourne

Charles De'Ath ... Sgt. Symes

Ken Drury ... Mr. Greig
Geoff Oldham ... Magistrate
Eamonn Riley ... Mr. Parry
Randal Herley ... Elderly Resident
Nick Chadwin ... Veterinary Surgeon

Directed by
Harry Bradbeer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glenn Chandler 

Produced by
Alan Dossor .... producer
David Reynolds .... executive producer
Michael Treen .... line producer (as Mike Treen)
Original Music by
Adrian Burch 
David Whitaker 
Cinematography by
Robin Vidgeon 
Film Editing by
David Aspinall 
Casting by
Marilyn Johnson 
Production Design by
George Kyriakides 
Art Direction by
Nick Harding 
Costume Design by
Brian Castle 
Makeup Department
Nic Collins .... makeup artist (as Nic Norton Collins)
Jo Gilyead .... makeup supervisor
Judy Jarvis .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Elkins .... first assistant director
Sophie Hebron .... second assistant director
Jo Morris .... third assistant director
Deanne Lord .... fourth assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Michael Betts .... property master (as Mike Betts)
Judy Lysaght .... graphics
Adrian Pullen .... painter
Sound Department
Helen Dickson .... m&e mixer
John Fountaine .... sound recordist
Lynne Hegarty .... assistant dubbing mixer
Sarah McCowan .... dubbing editor
Adam Severs .... dubbing mixer
Rick Williams .... dubbing editor
Special Effects by
Steve Cawood .... armourer
Ian Rowley .... special effects
Steve Griffin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Adrian .... camera operator
Craig Atkinson .... grip
Richard Brindle .... best boy
Darren Campbell .... electrician
Nick Cox .... second assistant camera
Chris Heeley .... gaffer
Darren Miller .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jo Slater .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mandy Miller .... post-production paperwork
Music Department
Sue Clark .... music supervisor
Other crew
Christa Lovisetto .... location manager
Nicola Mairs .... production coordinator
Nicky Morrow .... production secretary
Gill Raddings .... dog handler
Wendy Yeoman .... script supervisor

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120 min
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Revealing mistakes: Haigh meets the Hendersons at the seaside and comments "splendid weather for February!" (it was in fact 12 February 1948 when he killed them). He is then seen driving Archibald Henderson to his workshop down a road with trees in full leaf; this must have been filmed in May or early June.See more »
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Referenced in "Psychoville: Joy (#1.5)" (2009)See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An excellent and chilling portrayal of the banality of evil, 10 September 2002
Author: Harun Musho'd from London, England

The film traces the life and deeds of a true life serial killer, John George Haig AKA the Acid Bath Murderer. Whilst in jail for fraud in the thirties he accidentally discovers the effect that acid has on animal bodies. He subsequently "offs" a series of people including a couple a family and three strangers by inviting them to his "workshop". He dissolves the bodies in oil drums full of acid. The film cuts to flashbacks of his upbringing by zealously religious parents, but steers clear of obviously blaming the parents for the son's murderous behaviour.

The film has a similar attention to detail as "10 Rillington Place" and Martin Clunes is excellently creepy as the charming Mr Haig. The contrast is small between Haig's day-to-day behaviour and the actual murders and disposals of the body but fascinating, leading to comparisons with Richard Attenborough's portrayal of Christie in 10 Rillington Place, but this film is more darkly humorous.

The film is written by Taggart creator Glenn Chandler and directed by Harry Bradbeer who directed most of the excellent BBC series "The Cops".

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