Presented by Melvyn Bragg, a social history of 20th-century Britain. Fascinating stories of how people worked and lived, via viewers' personal memories and rare film archive.
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Reel History of Britain - Appropriate Adult - Netflix
Appropriate Adult is a British crime drama television film shown in two parts on ITV, on the 4th and 11th of September 2011. It is based on the true story of Gloucester serial killer Fred West and his wife Rosemary West. It dealt with the events between the Wests' arrests in 1994 and Fred's suicide in Birmingham's Winson Green Prison on New Year's Day 1995. The series stars Dominic West, Monica Dolan and Emily Watson as the protagonists of the story, Fred and Rose West, and Janet Leach, respectively. The series was named after the role of Janet Leach as an “appropriate adult” during the questioning of Fred West. The senior investigator wanted to ensure that there could be no suggestion that West did not understand any part of the process, so arrangements were made so that he had an “appropriate adult” present to ensure this at all times.
Reel History of Britain - Critics - Netflix
The first episode was met with positive reviews after it was broadcast on 4 September 2011. Sam Wollaston from The Guardian described it as “beautifully done, not sensational or hysterical”. A later article by Phil Hogan in The Observer and The Guardian described Dominic West's performance as “worryingly close” but said “even with a set of chipped teeth, bad jumper choices and a rattling West Country burr, handsome Dominic couldn't quite conjure the Fred familiar from his demonic police mug shot. What he did conjure, in one impressively seamless personality, were the strange warring traits of a man cheerfully sane and yet not quite there – helpful but manipulative, confiding but controlling, troubled but carefree, a composite that perfectly explained why the police wanted the presence of an 'appropriate adult'”. Hogan was also impressed with Monica Dolan's highly convincing performance as Rosemary, which he described as “literally spitting-mad”. ITV claims that several daughters of the Wests and the families of the victims spoke positively about the series after having viewed it.
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