The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Posted by Glennis Byron on April 30, 2011 in News tagged with ,

If you didn’t catch The Suspicions of Mr Whicher on Monday April 25, UK viewers can still see it on line for another twenty days (and with the added benefit of no advertisements).

Mr Whicher well confirmed one of the points of the book by Kate Summerscale: that many of what have become the conventions of crime drama were first seen in the real life murder of seven year old Saville Kent. It’s definitely worth a look.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher has been adapted for ITV by Hat Trick Productions.  The two hour drama stars PADDY CONSIDINE (Red Riding Trilogy, Dead Man’s Shoes, The Bourne Ultimatum, 24 Hour Party People, Hot Fuzz) in the lead role of Inspector Jonathan Whicher and has been adapted by Neil McKay (Mo, See No Evil: The Moors Murders).

Set in 1860, this gripping true story of murder, psychological suspense and courtroom drama begins when three-year-old Saville Kent is found brutally murdered and hidden down a servants’ privy in the grounds of the elegant Rode Hill House on the edge of a sleepy village on the Wiltshire / Somerset border.
As the local police struggle to solve the crime, the case becomes a national scandal: “The security of families, and the sacredness of English households demand that this matter should never be allowed to rest till the last shadow in its dark mystery shall have been chased away,” declares The Morning Post.
On the orders of the Home Secretary, Inspector Jonathan “Jack” Whicher, the so-called “Prince of Sleuths” from the newly formed Scotland Yard detective department, is despatched to the countryside to restore justice.  Whicher was the inspiration for the first fictional detectives created by Wilkie Collins and Dickens, but the case was to prove the most difficult of his career.
Behind the seemingly respectable middle-class façade of the Kent family, he discovers adultery, insanity and jealousy in a world populated by gossiping servants, a wicked stepmother and rebellious children.  With the local police actively working against him, it’s a struggle for Whicher to find the evidence and nail the culprit.

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