First transmission on Monday, April 25th, 2011 (UK)
The official details…
Prestigious new one-off drama based on the bestselling novel by Kate Summerscale, which is in turn based on a true story. Paddy Considine plays the title character, heading an impressive cast which also includes Peter Capaldi, Tom Georgeson, Emma Fielding, William Beck and Tim Pigott-Smith.
On a beautiful sunny morning in 1860, the inhabitants of the sleepy Wiltshire village of Rode wake up to a shocking discovery. Behind the shuttered windows of the Kent family’s elegant country house, a horrific murder has taken place.
As the local police struggle to find the culprit, the case becomes a national scandal, and Inspector Jack Whicher (Considine) – the ‘Prince of Sleuths’ from the newly formed Scotland Yard detective department – is sent to the countryside to solve the crime.
When he arrives, Whicher soon finds that the Kent investigation will be the most challenging of his career. As he tries to crack the case, he faces the prejudice of the press and the public and must also deal with the inept local police force.
To bring the killer to justice, Whicher must delve into the tragic secrets of the Kents’ house to find the crucial evidence and reveal the guilty party.