This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Jo Yeates who rented a flat from him...
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This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Jo Yeates who rented a flat from him. He was vilified by the press, partly on account of his eccentric appearance and long flowing hair, even after he had been released on bail by the police.Written by
Christopher Jefferies read and approved Peter Morgan's script, and supported the project. See more »
Horrid, torrid tale of murder and accusations leading to an unraveled life...
The Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014)
A very step by step biographical slice of true life England, revolving around the eccentric title character. He gets accused of a murder it seems he didn't commit, and his life falls apart because of it. The leading man, Jason Watkins, pulls of an affected, terribly nice but socially awkward man (with a vague resemblance to Andy Warhol) wonderfully, and he holds the first slower sections together. Once the crime and aftermath kicks in, there is a fascination with the facts, and with tabloid society that keeps it rolling differently.
Originally a two part television drama, this is released also as a single "movie" that does the job. The high praises seem exaggerated to me—it's all finely done and of course the social effects are disturbing (if not exactly shocking, being expected). So it's all a nicely done study of a particular moment around the murder of a young woman. I don't think you can go wrong watching it, but remember it will be by the book—accomplished and interesting.
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