Rillington Place

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Rillington Place
crime drama
Directed byCraig Viveiros
StarringTim Roth
Samantha Morton
Nico Mirallegro
Jodie Comer
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Production location(s)London, England
Glasgow, Scotland
Paisley, Scotland
Dumbarton, Scotland
Running time58 minutes
Production company(s)BBC
Bandit Television
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release29 November (2016-11-29) –
13 December 2016 (2016-12-13)

Rillington Place is a three-part biographical crime drama about the case of serial killer John Christie, and the wrongful execution of Timothy Evans. It premiered on 29 November 2016 on BBC One.[1]


The miniseries revolves around the home life of John Christie[1] and his wife Ethel as he commits a string of murders during the 1940s and early 1950s. The three episodes each tell the story as seen by the three main characters: Ethel, Timothy Evans and John Christie. Episode 1 is called Ethel. Episode 2 is called Tim. Episode 3 is called Reg.


Broadcast and reception[edit]

On 29 November 2016, the first episode premiered on BBC One, to largely positive reviews from critics, who applauded the performances and the storytelling.[2] However, it also attracted mixed reactions from some viewers who complained about the "mumbling" and the "inaudible dialogue" of the actors.[3]

Following the second episode on 6 December, Sarah Doran of noted that several viewers had been confused by Mirallegro's use of two different accents while portraying Evans, as the actor switched between Cockney and Welsh accents.[4] However, writers Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malon told the website this had been deliberate, since it was a trait adopted by Evans himself in an attempt to fit into his surroundings: "Tim moved to London from Wales around the age of eleven, his half-sister told us he was very keen to fit in and soon adopted a London 'barrow-boy' accent, but that he could slip back into his childhood accent when around members of his Welsh family. Nico [Mirallegro] wanted to reflect Tim's malleability and that desire to fit in by using different accents according to who he was talking to."[5]

Internationally, the series premiered on BBC First on 8 February 2017.[6]


  1. ^ a b Dickson, E Jane. "Rillington Place actor Tim Roth on playing serial killer John Christie: II think it was too disturbing for some at the BBC'". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Viewers moan about 'mumbling' in serial killer drama Rillington Place".
  3. ^, Amy Duncan for (30 November 2016). "Rillington Place gets rave reviews despite Tim Roth's 'mumbling'".
  4. ^ Doran, Sarah (6 December 2016). "Timothy Evans' Rillington Place accent confuses viewers — but there's an explanation for the Cockney and Welsh switch". Ratio Times. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. ^ Harrison, Ellie (6 December 2016). "Why does Tim Evans' accent keep changing from cockney to Welsh in Rillington Place? And why did he confess?". Radio Times. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  6. ^ Purcell, Charles (2 February 2017). "New This Week (Feb 6): Legion, Nashville, Black Sails, Big Cat Week, Super Bowl and live sport". The Green Room. Foxtel. Retrieved 3 February 2017.

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