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1965:- Following the cot death of their baby daughter young marrieds Maureen and David Smith are comforted and ultimately influenced by Maureen's older sister Myra Hindley and her boyfriend Ian Brady but David is horrified to witness Brady murder teen-ager Edward Evans and goes to the police, as a result of which Brady is arrested. The police investigation links Brady and Hindley to the disappearance of several local children, especially when a pornographic photo of 10-year old Lesley Ann Downey is found, along with a tape of her pleading for her life. The bodies of Lesley and John Kilbride are discovered in shallow graves on Saddleworth moor and Brady and Hindley are tried for murder, receiving multiple life sentences, though David is exonerated despite the pair trying to implicate him and it will be some years before the murderers confess to the whereabouts of other victims. Five years later the Smiths have separated and Maureen is persuaded by her grandma to visit Myra, who has now...Written by
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Maxine Peake and Joanne Froggatt previously starred together in an episode of Dinnerladies (1998) See more »
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[talking about Myra, several years after her conviction and imprisonment]
I have to believe what my heart tells me, Dave. And my heart tells me whatever Myra did in the past, she's a different person now.
She's worse than Brady, Maureen. I mean, he's just a sicko, a sex case - the king of the sex cases. But Myra - she's human: she had feelings. Remember the tears when Angela Dawn died? That card she gave us? "Another little flower for God's fucking garden"! Jesus! She was killing kids at the ...
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This was a superb, well written very emotive drama. It handled a very difficult subject with sensitivity and respect. Maxine Peake and Sean Harris were brilliant in their often chilling portrayal of Hindley and Brady. As were Michael McNulty and Joanne Frogatt as Hindleys sister and brother in law. The subject matter was done with a care not to over sensationalise it for the drama. The inclusion of the actual photographs of the children who were murdered kept reminding the viewer that this was a drama based on REAL events that meant a lot to the families involved. The follow up of the effect that it had on Hindleys sister was also interesting as it enabled the viewer to see that it wasn't just the families of the murdered children that suffered as a result of what Hindley and Brady had done. An excellent piece of factual drama, well worth a viewing.
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