Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith to star in BBC factual crime drama

We’ve had a few crime dramas in recent years that have dramatised real-life events – think Appropriate AdultThe Moorside, Little Boy Blue and, most recently, Manhunt – and now we have another one, thanks to the team of Jeff Pope and Neil McKay.

Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith are to star in The Barking Murders – a three-part story that brings to life the story of serial rapist and murderer, Stephen Port.

The Barking Murders promises to go beneath the headlines to shed new light on this story by telling it from the point of view of the families of Port’s victims, focusing on their fight to uncover the truth about what had happened to their lost sons and brothers in the face of a now widely-criticised police investigation.

Merchant will play Stephen Port, and Smith will play Sarah Sak, the mother of Anthony Walgate. Also joining the cast is Jaime Winstone as Donna Taylor, one of the sisters of Jack Taylor.

More news when we get it.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Andy D says:

    That is very unusual casting with Merchant. Is this his first straight non-comedy role?


    1. Dan Campling says:

      Filmwise, I’ve seen him as Caliban in ‘Logan’, and Frans Balder in ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ but I can’t recall any non-comedy T.V. roles.

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      1. Andy D says:

        Well remembered Dan. I’ve seen Logan and he was very good in that, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for this with great interest. Some of the best comic actors have gone on to be amazing in serious roles.


  2. Ms. Kitsch says:

    I’m really glad it’s going to be told from the point of view of the families of the victims. Telling stories like these are a huge responsibility and far too often in programs like this the killers are glamorised and the victims and their loved ones are given only the time it takes to show their horrifying deaths. It seems that won’t be happening this time, thank goodness!

    Also, it will be interesting to see Stephen Merchant in such a serious role.


  3. Dan Campling says:

    Looking forward to this and it’ll be interesting to see how the police are portrayed as the investigation at the time was an absolute disgrace.


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