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Appropriate Adult 

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Appropriate Adult See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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ITV Studios See more »
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(1 Episode) | (1 Episode)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

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 »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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

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Brilliant
29 December 2013 | by mformoviesandmoreSee all my reviews

This was shown locally buried in a a midnight time slot.

Whilst Emily Watson delivers a commanding performance in the lead role of the "Appropriate Adult", it is Dominic West whose performance as the psychopathic killer Fred West which gives this story believability. In every scene he us mesmerising and you can feel the power of persuasion his characters had on women.

The power of the story is also made by how ordinary events seem. The supporting characters do not try to outshine the leads; this is not a show with quirky cops solving cases. It shows the mundane and procedural efforts required of the constabulary even when such a heinous set of crimes are being investigated.

This could very easily have been one of those dire woman-who-carries- the-load-let-down-by-men stories that get churned out in England with such dire monotony. Thankfully it rise above that sub-plot - rises and soars.


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