1965:- Following the cot death of their baby daughter young marrieds Maureen and David Smith are comforted and ultimately influenced by Maureen's older sister Myra Hindley and her boyfriend Ian Brady but David is horrified to witness Brady murder teen-ager Edward Evans and goes to the police, as a result of which Brady is arrested. The police investigation links Brady and Hindley to the disappearance of several local children, especially when a pornographic photo of 10-year old Lesley Ann Downey is found, along with a tape of her pleading for her life. The bodies of Lesley and John Kilbride are discovered in shallow graves on Saddleworth moor and Brady and Hindley are tried for murder, receiving multiple life sentences, though David is exonerated despite the pair trying to implicate him and it will be some years before the murderers confess to the whereabouts of other victims. Five years later the Smiths have separated and Maureen is persuaded by her grandma to visit Myra, who has now...Written by
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The photos shown of the missing children are those of the actual real-life victims. See more »
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[talking about Myra, several years after her conviction and imprisonment]
I have to believe what my heart tells me, Dave. And my heart tells me whatever Myra did in the past, she's a different person now.
She's worse than Brady, Maureen. I mean, he's just a sicko, a sex case - the king of the sex cases. But Myra - she's human: she had feelings. Remember the tears when Angela Dawn died? That card she gave us? "Another little flower for God's fucking garden"! Jesus! She was killing kids at the same...
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The thing that struck me most after watching this was how eerily normal it all was. Not Ian Brady (Sean Harris) His behaviour screamed dangerous individual. But everything else. This drama depicts so well the minute details of everyday, boring life. The conversations, the slang, the setting just reminded me of people i knew and places I've been. It made the eventual reveal of the crimes all the more effective.
It reminds you this can happen anywhere and be anyone you know. The show has great attention to detail and 1960s Working class England is brought to life amazingly well. You feel like you are actually there. The houses and streets are grim and so are the people and their life's: Teenagers married with babies, young men struck on the dole, violent men ignored and semi accepted by everyone. It doesn't strike me as a time of innocence shattered by the Moor Murders but a time full of narrow-mindedness with a simmering undercurrent of brutality.
The cast all play their roles fantastically and the script is excellent. No character is completely sympathetic and no character (with the exception of Brady) is one dimensional . Even Hindley, in a controversial move is portrayed as someone who loves her sister fiercely and is capable of compassion for her niece and dogs. All in all, an excellent sensitive, realistic portrayal of the banality of evil and the extraordinary aspects of normality .
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