Appropriate Adult (2011– )
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Trainee social worker Janet Leach is asked by Gloucester police to be the appropriate adult,sitting in on the interrogation of a simple-minded suspect who may not have a full grasp of the ... See full summary »

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Detective Superintendent John Bennett
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Detective Constable Hazel Savage
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Mike
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Detective Constable Darren Law
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Howard Ogden
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James McArdle ...
Stephen West
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Trainee social worker Janet Leach is asked by Gloucester police to be the appropriate adult,sitting in on the interrogation of a simple-minded suspect who may not have a full grasp of the law. He is Fred West who,with his wife Rosemary,is accused of killing their daughter and burying her in the garden of their house at 25,Cromwell Street. West claims the death was an accident,of which Rosemary is innocent. However grisly details gradually come to light and West owns to the murders of nine other girls who stayed at the house. Janet soon finds herself intimidated by the intensity of the situation,gutter press overtures,to which her bipolar husband succumbs,and the foul-mouthed threats of Rosemary West. Just as disturbing is the rapport that Fred West believes he has with her,terming her his only friend and telling her things he has not told the police. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Howard Ogden: [Janet and Howard are shown to the police cells] Mrs. West?
Rose West: Jesus! You.
Howard Ogden: This lady's brought you some of your clothes.
Rose West: What? You've been to my house, rooting round in my things?
Janet Leach: The police asked me...
Rose West: Fucking cheek!
[Snatches clothes off Janet]
Janet Leach: We were just quickly in and out and we saw Stephen and Mae, and Mae said she hoped you were all right.
Rose West: [Irate] By what right, by what right, you nosy fucking bitch, do you go into my house and speak to my children and poke about among my private things?
Howard Ogden: Rose...
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Bones in the backyard
11 December 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

In England, an accused man of murdering someone can avail himself of a person that might help him digest the legal terms used by the police, interrogating him, of things he might not understand. Usually the role goes to a social worker who has been trained to assist in such matters.

When Fred West, a man who has come to the police wishing to confess a crime about murdering a step daughter, is provided as part of the procedure with the 'appropriate adult' to help him navigate the process. Janet Leach, a single mother, living with a bipolar lover, is called to help with the interrogation. Fred confesses to the killing, but he finds in Janet a woman he can manipulate.

Nothing prepares Janet for what she is about to embark. She has not the actual experience, but she has taken the course, and she honestly believes she is ready to do the job she has been asked to perform. Fred realizes what an impressionable person Janet must be, since she has not been in any case before. He takes her into his confidence confessing how he has killed a few women who have long been in the missing person files of the local police. His modus operandi is to dispose of the victims by cutting them up and burying them in his backyard.

"Appropriate Adult" is a tense police drama directed by Julian Jarrod and written by Neil McKay. This two part crime mini-series, was highly praised by friends, but we had missed the original presentation. Having caught with it recently as the show was repeated, we were pleasantly surprised about the tremendous contribution it made to the genre.

The appearance of Emily Watson as Janet Leach was one of the highlights of the first installment. Ms. Watson makes a wonderful contribution in a role that shows her range as she must go through emotions she finds in the police station, as well as at home. Dominic West is terrific as the sadistic criminal confessing to heinous crimes. There is another excellent performance by Monica Dolan who plays Rose West, who has a lot at stake as her husband confesses to his crimes. Sylvestra Le Touzel makes a remarkable police detective Hazel Savage.


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