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This particular episode is the true standout as Emily Watson is incredibly superb in a performance that will go down in television history. Her every movement, voice inflection, and pause is perfect and it is unlikely acting so sublime will ever be recorded anywhere again. Watson is the most gifted, talented actor working in any medium today and this series is the ideal opportunity to witness her stunning screen presence. It is fortunate that this is a television presentation so it is available for generations to come. It would be wonderful and a true gift to humanity if some of Ms. Watson's stage work was available on tape but at least the genius she has displayed in cinema can be viewed by posterity as they study the greatness of Emily Watson.
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Janet Leach is allowed to return to the interviews the police are
conducting with Fred West. He is even allowed to show the police the
place where some of the victims are buried. The search does not reveal
a thing. The police are frustrated because they feel Fred is not
telling all he knows. Instead, he decides to tell Janet instead about
his sordid past. She is shocked as she hears to what an extent Fred and
Rose have gone in their depravity.
Mike convinces Janet to work with a reporter from one of the dailies. His intention is to capitalize on his good fortune in Janet's involvement. Fred, now in prison, asks for Janet, who is permitted to go and visit him. Fred makes a mistake of calling her Ann, one of the victims. Going home she compares the real woman to old photographs, the resemblance is uncanny. Fred commits suicide, but the case is not over.
During the trial of Rose West, Janet is call to give her testimony in order to secure a conviction for this criminal. The prosecutor realizes Janet must have been cooperating with a newspaper, something that catches completely unaware and Janet must admit that yes, she has been talking to Syd Young. Caught in the lie, she is warned about perjuring herself. In spite the damage to her person, Janet's testimony serves to condemn Rose West of the many crimes she and Fred perpetrated.
Excellent mini-series that makes a surprising and intense drama. The story is based on a real case which was a scandal in the country. Julian Jarrold, the director, gets good performances from his superb cast. Written by Neil McKay, the production enacts the incident with surprising results. An inspired Emily Watson makes justice to her Janet Leach, a vulnerable woman with problems at home, who is drawn into a sordid situation she cannot understand, but does her duty assisting the police. Dominic West is impeccable as Fred Ward. He makes this criminal a bit more palatable wanting to get Janet's sympathy.
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