Killed by My Debt

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Killed By My Debt is a 2018 BBC Three drama based on the life of Jerome Rogers who died by suicide aged twenty having accrued debts of over £1,000 stemming from two unpaid £65 traffic fines.[1]

The film was written by Tahsin Gunner who worked closely with the Rogers family.[2] Joseph Bullman was the director.[2]


The film is based on the true story of Jerome Rogers (1995-2016).[3] The practices of real-life organisations CitySprint couriers, Newlyn debt collection agency, and Camden Borough Council are depicted.[4]


Chance Perdomo as the lead role of Jerome.[5][2]

Craig Parkinson as The Bailiff.

Tom Walker as a manager of a courier firm giving out zero-hour contracts.

Juliet Cowan as Tracey Rogers, Jerome's mother.

Steve Toussaint as Tracey's partner Bentley.[6]


John Dugdale, writing in The Sunday Times, gave a positive review praising Perdomo's performance but expressed reservations about the inserted videos featuring other debtors.[7]

The Guardian called it 'a tale for our times'.[8] Suzi Feay in the Financial Times described Perdomo's performance as 'powerfully empathetic' and the drama as being at times 'painful to view'. Concluding, 'only a traffic-warden with a heart of stone could fail to be moved.'[9]

At the 2019 BAFTA TV Awards, Killed By My Debt won Best Single Drama and Chance Perdomo was nominated for a Best Actor award.[10]


  1. ^ "Killed By My Debt - Iplayer".
  2. ^ a b c "BBC3 reveals cast for new factual drama Killed by My Debt". Radio Times. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  3. ^ "How debt kills". BBC News. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ Taylor, Diane (30 April 2017). "Debt-ridden courier's suicide after bailiff visit prompts call for reforms". the Guardian.
  5. ^ "Killed by My Debt". Imdb. May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Everything you need to know about BBC3 factual drama Killed by My Debt". Radio Times. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  7. ^ "What's on TV: Tuesday - Sunday Times". 27 May 2018.
  8. ^ The Guide (25 May 2018). "This week's best home entertainment: from Kimmy Schmidt to King Lear". the Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  9. ^ Feay, Suzi. "Killed by My Debt - 'painful to view'". Financial Times. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Bafta TV Awards 2019: Winners and nominees". BBC News. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.

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