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Code of a Killer 

The story of Sir Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by DCS David Baker in catching a double murderer.
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Series cast summary:
John Simm ...  Alec Jeffreys 2 episodes, 2015
Anna Madeley ...  Sue Jeffreys 2 episodes, 2015
David Threlfall ...  DCS David Baker 2 episodes, 2015
Lorcan Cranitch ...  DI Alan Madden 2 episodes, 2015
Jaz Deol Jaz Deol ...  DC Taran Kholi 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Tiernan ...  DS Geoff Taylor 2 episodes, 2015
Robert Glenister ...  DCC Chapman 2 episodes, 2015
Lydia Rose Bewley ...  Vicky Wilson 2 episodes, 2015
Tobias Burton-Rudge Tobias Burton-Rudge ...  Gavin Hopkirk 2 episodes, 2015
Farzana Dua Elahe ...  Tania Patel 2 episodes, 2015
Paul Copley ...  Sidney Jeffreys 2 episodes, 2015
Ged Simmons Ged Simmons ...  Eddie Eastwood 2 episodes, 2015
Shirley Dixon ...  Joan Jeffreys 2 episodes, 2015
Hannah Walters Hannah Walters ...  Kath Eastwood 2 episodes, 2015
Dorothy Atkinson ...  Barbara Ashworth 2 episodes, 2015
Jessica Woods Jessica Woods ...  Carole Pitchfork 2 episodes, 2015
Neil Edmond ...  Robin Ashworth 2 episodes, 2015
Darren Bancroft ...  Mr. Hopkirk 2 episodes, 2015
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DCS David Baker headed up the investigation into the brutal murders of two Leicestershire schoolgirls between 1983 and 1987. Only a few miles away, Dr Alec Jeffreys, was a scientist at Leicester University who, on 10 September 1984, invented a remarkable technique to read each individual's unique DNA fingerprint. When a local teenager admitted to one of the murders but not the other, Baker asked Jeffreys to analyze the DNA evidence left at the crime scenes. Both men were shocked to discover that the teenager was innocent, his confession false. DCS Baker then took the extraordinarily brave step to launch the world's first ever DNA manhunt, testing over five thousand local men to track down the killer. Written by dvd

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Murder is in the blood.


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2015 (UK) See more »

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Code of a Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Ripley, Surrey, England, UK

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When Code of a Killer was released on DVD, the two 90-minute episodes were re-formatted as three 60-minute episodes. See more »

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20 March 2017 | by bradpembertonSee all my reviews

I found this a wonderful rendition of the trials and pains involved in creating the DNA fingerprinting process. It did have a good amount of science included but this was a theme that undergirded the entire series. The dogged work by the police the anxiety of the scientists and the grief and hope of the victims families were woven into a great story. This is the type of show we need more of.


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