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This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper 

This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s, showing the effect that it had on the health and career of Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield who led the enquiry




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Series cast summary:
Gerard Horan ...  Detective Chief Superintendent John Domaille 2 episodes, 2000
Stephen Moore ...  Professor David Gee 2 episodes, 2000
Claire Webzell Claire Webzell ...  Sonia Sutcliffe 2 episodes, 2000
Paul Angelis Paul Angelis ...  Det. Chief Supt. Jack Ridgeway 2 episodes, 2000
Pip Donaghy Pip Donaghy ...  Det. Chief Supt. Will Brooks 2 episodes, 2000
Howard Ward Howard Ward ...  Det. Supt. John Stainthorpe 2 episodes, 2000
Jim Millea Jim Millea ...  Det. Insp. John Boyle 2 episodes, 2000
John Graham-Davies John Graham-Davies ...  Det. Insp. Tony Glendenning 2 episodes, 2000
Andrew Readman ...  Det. Sgt. Peter Smith 2 episodes, 2000
David Prosho ...  Det. Sgt. Parks 2 episodes, 2000
Katharine Rogers Katharine Rogers ...  WPC Sue Neave 2 episodes, 2000
Laura Richmond Laura Richmond ...  WPC Ruth Ford 2 episodes, 2000
Paula J. Horton Paula J. Horton ...  WPC Susan Phillips 2 episodes, 2000
Simon Lenagan ...  DC Cambrook 2 episodes, 2000
Tim Dantay Tim Dantay ...  DC Cleasby 2 episodes, 2000
Matt Healy Matt Healy ...  DC Rogan 2 episodes, 2000
Darren Roberts Darren Roberts ...  DC Wakeman 2 episodes, 2000
Martin Ronan Martin Ronan ...  DC Sandford 2 episodes, 2000
Terence Mann Terence Mann ...  DC Marks 2 episodes, 2000
Marcus Romer ...  DC Barkham 2 episodes, 2000
John Griffin John Griffin ...  DC Garrett 2 episodes, 2000
David Maybrick ...  Keighley Constable 2 episodes, 2000
Craig Cheetham ...  Peter Sutcliffe 2 episodes, 2000
Maggie Ollerenshaw ...  Margaret Oldfield 2 episodes, 2000
Kimberley Walsh ...  Gillian Oldfield 2 episodes, 2000
Sam Townend Sam Townend ...  Christopher Oldfield, aged 13 2 episodes, 2000
Matthew Lewis ...  Christopher Oldfield aged 9 2 episodes, 2000
Neil Boorman Neil Boorman ...  Wilf MacDonald 2 episodes, 2000
Sue Cleaver ...  Sylvia Holland 2 episodes, 2000
Suzanne Ellison Suzanne Ellison ...  Irene MacDonald 2 episodes, 2000
Liz Hume Dawson ...  Chapeltown Prostitute 2 episodes, 2000
Tanya Myers Tanya Myers ...  Myra Lawton 2 episodes, 2000
Mark Benton ...  Terence Hawkshaw 2 episodes, 2000
Jean Stevens Jean Stevens ...  Mrs. Hawkshaw 2 episodes, 2000
Ken Bradshaw Ken Bradshaw ...  Adrian Windows 2 episodes, 2000
Vinette Robinson ...  Rita Rytka 2 episodes, 2000
Ted Robbins Ted Robbins ...  Chauffeur 2 episodes, 2000
Gemma Phoenix ...  Schoolgirl 2 episodes, 2000
Peter Lorenzelli Peter Lorenzelli ...  Barker 2 episodes, 2000
Laura Crossley Laura Crossley ...  Tracey Browne 2 episodes, 2000
Christine Mackie Christine Mackie ...  Mrs. Browne 2 episodes, 2000
James Higgins James Higgins ...  Stevenson 2 episodes, 2000
Alun Armstrong ...  Asst. Chief Const. George Oldfield 2 episodes, 2000
Chris Brailsford ...  Ken Rees 2 episodes, 2000
Gillian Brownson Gillian Brownson ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2000
Rosy Clayton Rosy Clayton ...  Maggie 2 episodes, 2000
John Duttine ...  Det. Chief Supt. Jim Hobson 2 episodes, 2000
Steven Dykes Steven Dykes ...  Dewsbury Sergeant 2 episodes, 2000
Juliet Ellis ...  Olivia Reivers 2 episodes, 2000
Keiran Flynn Keiran Flynn ...  DC Andy Laptew 2 episodes, 2000
Simon Hanna Simon Hanna ...  PC Robert Hydes 2 episodes, 2000
Zoie Kennedy Zoie Kennedy ...  WPC 2 episodes, 2000
James Laurenson ...  Chief Const. Ronald Gregory 2 episodes, 2000
Kate Layden Kate Layden ...  Mrs. Sykes 2 episodes, 2000
Francis Maguire Francis Maguire ...  DC Greenwood 2 episodes, 2000
Olwen May ...  Diane Simpson 2 episodes, 2000
Dominic Monaghan ...  Jimmy Furey 2 episodes, 2000
James Quinn ...  Det. Sgt. Desmond O'Boyle 2 episodes, 2000
Malcolm Raeburn Malcolm Raeburn ...  Bradford Sergeant 2 episodes, 2000
Steve Ramsden Steve Ramsden ...  Sergeant Bob Ring 2 episodes, 2000
Richard Ridings ...  Det. Supt. Dick Holland 2 episodes, 2000
Lynda Rooke Lynda Rooke ...  Mrs. Hill 2 episodes, 2000
Kate Rutter ...  Jane Barker 2 episodes, 2000
Mike Savage Mike Savage ...  Det. Chief Supt. Clark 2 episodes, 2000
Jack P. Shepherd 2 episodes, 2000
John Kay Steel ...  Professor Stanley Ellis 2 episodes, 2000
Hannah Storey Hannah Storey ...  Teresa Sykes 2 episodes, 2000
John Wheatley John Wheatley ...  Keith McPhail 2 episodes, 2000
Patricia Wilcock Patricia Wilcock ...  Rachel Horton 2 episodes, 2000
Stephen Woods Stephen Woods ...  Police Pathologist 2 episodes, 2000


This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s, showing the effect that it had on the health and career of Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield who led the enquiry. Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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Very watchable but disappointing
27 October 2004 | by simon-118See all my reviews

ITV managed to scoop itself with this two part drama by broadcasting a brilliant two part documentary on the case a month or two earlier, and one which gained far more recognition at the BAFTAs.

There's something pleasantly old-fashioned about this attempt at telling a very simple but tragic story: the (rather tacky) music picking up when people walk down corridors after making key discoveries, the lack of big name actors and so on, but it just feels rather flat. The period detail is very iffy: why does everyone own brand new 1979 model televisions? A small point but irritating. The drama also gets in a bit of a mess by beginning with the death of Jayne MacDonald, the first victim who wasn't a prostitute and the first one that really provoked much interest from the uncaring public and press. Yet despite the fact that after this it was acknowledged that no-one was safe, characters constantly reassure people that "he only kills pros...". While this is partly an attempt to illustrate police incomptentence, it seems bizarre a policeman would say that when he's just killed two women who aren't. The incident when the Geordie hoaxer telephoned the police to admit he was a hoaxer isn't included either, and after all the build up, it was probably a mistake to finally show Sutcliffe at all, as the shadowy figure that hovers in the background is very effective.

I wasn't that keen on Armstrong's performance, but I feel a lot of this is the fault of the writing. The dioalogue feels very clichéd in places and determined to not point any fingers of blame at anyone.

This is Personal is very watchable but far too innocuous. It was a shocking case and the is very little sympathy, fear or anger on display here.

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2000 (UK) See more »

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