Released: 8th January 2020 (UK)
Cast: Freddie Fox, Alexa Davies, Mark Addy, Scott Reid & Stephen Graham.
Director: Paul Whittington
Duration: Limited 1 season, 6 episodes (44-47mins each)
Genres: Based on a true story, Drama, Crime & Mystery.
Synopsis: Revolves around the true story of a fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family are murdered at an Essex farmhouse and the ensuing police investigation and court case that follows.
For me, Netflix always collates a very good selection of documentaries or true-life tv dramas, and I do love a great adaptation based on a true story. Not knowing about the story beforehand, I wanted to know more, so I had to give it a watch. “She’s going crazy with a gun”. That’s what Jeremy Bamber stated his father phoned and told him before the phone line at the family home went died. Jeremy was scared, so he called the local police station for help.
As the facts go, Sheila Caffell suffered from schizophrenia and was recently released from hospital after having another mental breakdown. She ends up killing her parents and her twin boys before turning the gun on herself. The burning question for the police was did anyone else around Sheila have any indications she would perform these murders…
From the opening episode, I knew exactly why the murder spree had happened. DCI Taff believes that something about these murders wasn’t as straight forward and throughout the series, the lies begin to unravel. If you already know the story, then you’ll know how it ends. The tension is built up over the 6 episodes so well that you can't help but continue watching to get to the bottom of the case.
Hats off to DCI Taff as he went above and beyond to get to the truth about the case for the family even though many times, he was shut down by his superior officers who would have preferred for it to be an open and shut case.
This is a must-watch and shouldn’t be missed.
My Star rating: 3/5.
All images taken from IMDB.