Based on the personal testimonies of many of those most closely involved, Five Daughters recounts the final weeks in the lives of the five young women murdered in Ipswich in 2006.




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Series cast summary:
Adam Kotz ...
 Marie Alderton 3 episodes, 2010
 Paula Clennell 3 episodes, 2010
 DCS Stewart Gull 3 episodes, 2010
 Annette Nicholls 3 episodes, 2010
 Rosemary Nicholls 3 episodes, 2010
 Rochelle 3 episodes, 2010
 PC Janet Humphrey 3 episodes, 2010
Alison Reid ...
 Journalist 3 episodes, 2010
 DCI Dave Skevington 3 episodes, 2010
 Tom Stephens 3 episodes, 2010
 DCI John Quinton 3 episodes, 2010
 Stacy Nicholls 3 episodes, 2010
 Brian Tobin 3 episodes, 2010
 Patrick Palmer 3 episodes, 2010
 Anneli Alderton 3 episodes, 2010
 Felixstowe Road Man 2 episodes, 2010
 Tom Alderton 2 episodes, 2010
 Gemma Adams 2 episodes, 2010
 Isabella Clennell 2 episodes, 2010
 Dr Nat Cary 2 episodes, 2010
Roland Oliver ...
 Annette's Father 2 episodes, 2010
Dan Tetsell ...
 Journalist 2 episodes, 2010
Sabet Choudhury ...
 News Reporter 2 episodes, 2010
Jo McInnes ...
 ACC Jacqui Cheer 2 episodes, 2010
Tim Lewis ...
 Martin Nicholls 2 episodes, 2010
Chris McCalphy ...
 Steve Wright 2 episodes, 2010


Dramatised documentary about the killings of five young women by Steve Wright in the Ipswich area in 2006, concentrating on the last few days of the victims' lives, the effects of their deaths on their families, and the police investigation to find the murderer. Written by Anonymous

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A tragic true story of lives taken and innocence lost.


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Explanatory text at the beginning of each episode: "This drama, written by Stephen Butchard, is based on the personal testimonies of many of those most closely involved in the events that took place in Ipswich in the winter of 2006". See more »


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A fine drama series
30 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

After the tragic events in Ipswich in 2006 it was surprising that the BBC commissioned a drama that is still so raw in the memory in the people of that town. But the BBC handle it well in this sensitive 3 part series.

Five Daughters tells the story of the four of the five women that were murdered and how it affected they loved ones. Starting in October 2006, Tania Nicol, a 19-year-old working girl disappears and a reign of terrors starts in Ipswich. As this horrid event happened the drama tells the background story of the four other victims. Anneli Alderton (Jamie Winstone) was just released from prison after being hooked on heroin and prostitute. She wants to start a normal life, make amends with her mum (Juliet Aubrey) and become a hairdresser. Gemma Adams (Aisling Loftus) was a prostitute who was hooked on heroin, in a relationship with a man and a friend of Anneli who was attempting to get off the stuff. Annette Nicholls (Eva Birthistle) too was an addict, in trouble with local dealer and evicted from her home: but she reminds in her home. Finally there was Paula Clennell (Natalie Press), a prostitute who lives with a prostitute Rochelle (Ruth Negga) as they put their lives on the line with the impending threat stalking the town. With Ipswich in a state of terror one of the smallest police forces in the country to find the killer and the families are left in a state of grief and battle against the vultures from the media.

The easy way for a drama like this to go would have been to make it about the police investigate or the murderer. But luckily the writer Stephen Butchard decided to force on the victims and the families. He wrote a compelling teleplay that was deep in character depth, a three-dimensional portrayal of the victims who were all stuck in a horrid situation. He made an effort to portray the women in the most positive light possible. The police were shown at first be hard working but out of their depth. But they do come good and show how policing works. The film highlights the plight of street prostitutes with their addiction to drugs. It shows that the popular method to deal with prostitution would be to arrest and move the problem on: but that method does not work in the long term. It shows how desperate some women get and how they would risk they lives for money. It shows different views on the issue.

The director Philippa Lowthorpe is pretty standard for this type of TV drama. But she still does a good job, getting the best out of her actors: this is easily the best thing Jamie Winstone has ever done. She sets out to show a sensitive, down to Earth tale that takes a different approach to previous crime drama.

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