Three policemen are brutally murdered during the 1966 World Cup celebrations. "He Kills Coppers" follows three men connected to the deaths; Frank (a fellow policeman), Tony (an ambitious ...
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Three policemen are brutally murdered during the 1966 World Cup celebrations. "He Kills Coppers" follows three men connected to the deaths; Frank (a fellow policeman), Tony (an ambitious journalist, and witness to the murders), and Billy (the murderer). Written by
Jake Arnott's novel and this TV adaptation are based on the real-life murder of three police officers in Braybrook Street, Shepherd's Bush, London on 12 August 1966 by Harry Roberts, John Duddy and Jack Witney. Roberts is still in prison, Duddy died in prison and Witney was found beaten to death after his release from prison. The character of Billy Porter is based on Roberts. See more »
For a mainstream drama on ITV, 'He Kills Coppers' is remarkably harsh, complex and realistic; a long way from conventional serial-killer cliché. An enigmatic villain, and the under-Britain he inhabits, is set against a story of corrupt policeman: there's certainly promise in the premise. Unfortunately, the acting isn't brilliant (Steven Robinson as the journalist is particularly poor) and the direction relies too much on the soundtrack to insert some otherwise missing emotion. The real problem is that the story seems abbreviated; a succession of events enticingly set out but never fully elaborated; what's left is perfunctory, a barely illustrated outline. It's a shame, as I can believe there was potential here.
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