Dramatisation of the case of serial killers Fred and Rose West, focusing on the way in which they were brought to justice.




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
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 ...  Rosemary West 2 episodes, 2011
Anthony Flanagan ...  Mike 2 episodes, 2011
Samuel Roukin ...  Detective Constable Darren Law 2 episodes, 2011
Gerard Horan ...  Howard Ogden 2 episodes, 2011
Selin Hizli ...  Mae West 2 episodes, 2011
James McArdle ...  Stephen West 2 episodes, 2011
Rupert Simonian Rupert Simonian ...  Josh 2 episodes, 2011
Sophie Downham Sophie Downham ...  Jade 2 episodes, 2011
Paula Williamson Paula Williamson ...  Kirsty Stephens 2 episodes, 2011
Andonis Anthony Andonis Anthony ...  Male Journalist 2 episodes, 2011
Heather Tobias Heather Tobias ...  Ruth 2 episodes, 2011
Steve Scott ...  Self 2 episodes, 2011


Part 1:- Trainee social worker Janet Leach is asked by Gloucester police to be the appropriate adult at the interrogation of a simple-minded suspect. He is Fred West, who, with his wife Rosemary, is accused of killing their daughter and burying her in their garden at 25, Cromwell Street. West claims the death was accidental and his wife knew nothing of it. However grisly details gradually come to light and West owns to nine other murders, of girls who stayed at his house. Janet soon finds herself intimidated by the intensity of the situation, gutter press approaches to which her bi-polar husband succumbs and the foul-mouthed threats of Rosemary West. But just as disturbing is the rapport which Fred believes he has with her, terming her his only friend and confessing to her things he will not tell the police. Written by don @ minifie-1

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An evil man, an ordinary woman - an extraordinary true story.


Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The photographs seen pinned to the police investigation whiteboard are not photographs of Fred and Rosemary West's actual victims. See more »

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Disclaimer in opening titles: "This is a true story. What follows is based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts. Some scenes have been created for the purposes of dramatisation." See more »


Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #16.15 (2011) See more »

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The Worst Parents Ever!
2 February 2015 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

The Fred and Rosemary West murders on 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Englandcertainly overshadow the Moors Murders that occurred in the early 1960s. To anybody who has read about the case, it's baffling to see a married couple like Fred and Rose (your next door neighbors) involved in some of the country's most heinous crimes to date. Separately Rose and Fred were toxic as poison but together committed crimes against humanity against innocent young women including two of their daughters. The cast does a brilliant job in bringing the characters to life. The Wests are not sympathetic people at all but Dominic West and Monica Dolan did deserve their awards. The series of events is taken by the appropriate adult, Janet Leech, who is assigned to Fred West. Emily Watson plays Janet Leech, a mother and wife to a bipolar man. Watson did a fantastic job. Dominic West did a superb job in bringing one of the most despicable murders to life. Monica Dolan also did a superb job playing Rose West, a candidate for the worst mother ever. Sylvestra Le Touzel plays police officer Hazel Savage MBE who went searching for Heather West. It was Heather's disappearance that launched an investigation. Hazel and Janet Leech were unsung heroines in this case. Hazel was awarded MBE for her services to the police. Hazel was a veteran police officer and perhaps the inspiration.

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10 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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England, UK

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