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Appropriate Adult: Season 1: Episode 2 -- The second in a two part drama about how serial killers Fred and Rosemary West were brought to justice. The programme focuses on the period between Fred West's arrest and his suicide on New Year’s Day 1995.
Appropriate Adult: Season 1: Episode 1 -- The life of housewife Janet Leach is transformed when she is asked by police to act as 'appropriate adult' for a man they have arrested - serial killer Fred West.


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4 September 2011 (UK) See more »
Dramatisation of the case of serial killers Fred and Rose West, focusing on the way in which they were brought to justice. Full summary »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast [21])

Emily Watson ... Janet Leach (2 episodes, 2011)

Dominic West ... Fred West (2 episodes, 2011)

Robert Glenister ... Detective Superintendent John Bennett (2 episodes, 2011)

Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Detective Constable Hazel Savage (2 episodes, 2011)

Monica Dolan ... Rose West (2 episodes, 2011)

Anthony Flanagan ... Mike (2 episodes, 2011)

Samuel Roukin ... Detective Constabe Darren Law / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
Gerard Horan ... Howard Ogden (2 episodes, 2011)
Seline Hizli ... Mae West (2 episodes, 2011)
James McArdle ... Stephen West (2 episodes, 2011)

Rupert Simonian ... Josh (2 episodes, 2011)
Sophie Downham ... Jade (2 episodes, 2011)
Paula Williamson ... Kirsty Stephens (2 episodes, 2011)
Andonis Anthony ... Male Journalist (2 episodes, 2011)
Heather Tobias ... Ruth (2 episodes, 2011)
Steve Scott ... Himself - TV Reporter (2 episodes, 2011)

Richard Calder ... Detective Constable (2 episodes, 2011)
Don Gayle ... Forensic Office (2 episodes, 2011)
Benjamin Knox ... Policeman (2 episodes, 2011)
David Swift ... Reporter (2 episodes, 2011)

Michael J. Tait ... Detective (2 episodes, 2011)

Series Directed by
Julian Jarrold (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Writing credits
Neil McKay (2 episodes, 2011)

Series Produced by
Kwadjo Dajan .... co-producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Susan Dunn .... line producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Lisa Gilchrist .... producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Neil McKay .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Jeff Pope .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Original Music by
Dan Jones (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Cinematography by
Tony Slater Ling (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Casting by
Kate Rhodes James (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Production Design by
Pat Campbell (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Art Direction by
Frederic Evard (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Costume Design by
Steven Noble (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Makeup Department
Janet Horsfield .... makeup designer (2 episodes, 2011)
Amanda Isaacs-Hurst .... makeup supervisor (2 episodes, 2011)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (2 episodes, 2011)
Jenny Ward .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Coggan-Hulmes .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2011)
Dan Winch .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Art Department
Dion Banner .... head supervising painter (2 episodes, 2011)
Sophie McConville .... standby art director (2 episodes, 2011)
Elaine McLenachan .... production buyer (2 episodes, 2011)
Jo Watkinson .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Sound Department
Chris Devlin .... sound assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
Gavin Dunn .... sound maintentance (2 episodes, 2011)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (2 episodes, 2011)
John Hughes .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Visual Effects by
Tanvir Hanif .... visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2011)
Ben Howarth .... on-set supervisor (2 episodes, 2011)
Mark Pickles .... digital effects artist (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Aidan Dungait .... second assistant camera: b camera (2 episodes, 2011)
Roland Keane .... camera facilities coordinator (2 episodes, 2011)
Kirstin McMahon .... camera "b" operator; cinematographer second unit (2 episodes, 2011)
Danny Mendieta .... second assistant camera: dailies (2 episodes, 2011)
Dylan Newton .... assistant grip (2 episodes, 2011)
Amy Somers .... second assistant camera: dailies (2 episodes, 2011)
Roger Tooley .... steadicam operator (2 episodes, 2011)
Tony Wilcock .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louise Egan .... set costumer (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Editorial Department
Mandy Miller .... post production paperwork (2 episodes, 2011)
Barry Moen .... first assistant editor (2 episodes, 2011)
Neil Parker .... colorist (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Other crew
Deborah Coombes .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2011)
James Muirhead .... location manager (2 episodes, 2011)
Jay Parsons .... production accountant (2 episodes, 2011)
Paul Senior .... graphic design (2 episodes, 2011)
Jemima Thomas .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2011)
James Youd .... production secretary (2 episodes, 2011)

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Naturally uneasy viewing, but will be more revealing to those just watching to be voyeurs, 14 September 2011
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Given popular culture's fixation with crime and particularly topics such as serial murderers, it was an inevitability that eventually a film (a TV movie, at least) would be made about the crimes of Fred and Rose West. It was even more inevitable that there would be an out cry that it would glamorize and thus cheapen the real life murders. But, the producers of Appropriate Adult took a novel approach and chose to focus not on the actual murders themselves, but, as the title suggests, the AA that it was felt needed to sit in during Fred West's police interviews on account of his apparent 'learning difficulties.' That woman was Janet Leach, played here by Emily Watson, who went on to sell her story to the tabloids but who also appeared to suffer a certifiable breakdown, after seemingly forming a bond with West, falling under his dark spell. In doing so, it casts an interesting light on the case, bringing up facts that I certainly didn't know before seeing it (i.e. Rose West being a prostitute) and serving to make an unpleasant tale even more unsavoury.

As West, Coronation Street star Craig Charles had been in the running to play the role, but it appears to have gone to The Wire star Dominic West. I've never watched that show, so I can't compare him with what he's probably known best for, but he manages to bring West to life with an eerie darkness all of his own, interspersing his usual barrage of matter of fact recollections of his heinous crimes with the occasional emotional breakdown that reveals a vaguely human side to such a monster. It's his everyman appearance in general that makes him such an unnerving character. In support, Watson also seems like an eerily credible person, a woman desperately trying to stay professional in spite of hearing first hand accounts of crimes she can't accept are humanly possible, while still forming a bond with the perpetrator of these sick crimes.

A drama about West was always going to be in the pipe line for one day, and this is a sensitively handled and none voyeuristic handling, that is relevant, enlightening and of course, very disturbing. ****

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