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Dramatisation of the case of serial killers Fred and Rose West, focusing on the way in which they were brought to justice.
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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 Gerard Horan ...  Howard Ogden 2 episodes, 2011
Seline Hizli ...  Mae West 2 episodes, 2011
James McArdle James McArdle ...  Stephen West 2 episodes, 2011
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 ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2011
Richard Calder ...  Detective Constable 2 episodes, 2011
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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.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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English

Release Date:

10 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Felelős felnőtt See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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(1 Episode) | (1 Episode)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The photos of the victims on the police investgation board, were not of the actual victims of Fred and Rose West. 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 »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 5 September 2011 (2011) See more »

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Dominic West's best performance yet
13 September 2011 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Serial killers are thankfully rare, and almost by definition not normal. But Fred West was particularly peculiar, and is brilliantly captured here by Dominic West in the television drama 'Appropriate Adult'. The drama tells the story from the perspective of a woman (Janet Leach) who acted as a lay adviser to West during his interrogations; it's a way of avoiding the grizzly schlock inherent in the subject matter, although it also removes much of the dramatic potential - Leach had an ordeal in the witness box, owing to her contact with a national newspaper, but fundamentally did not have so much at stake as the Wests themselves, or the families of their victims. But if not that dramatic, the story is certainly compelling. Gordon Burn wrote a book on the case called 'Happy Like Murderers'; the appropriateness of this bizarre title is conveyed here as well. If it hadn't really happened, you couldn't have made it up. The grimmest truth is that there may still be further bodies out there


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