Lucan (ITV)

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
Based on the book The Gamblers written by author John Pearson

Drama penned by Jeff Pope

Two-part drama Lucan, is about the life and subsequent disappearance of the well known British peer.
Tells the story of Lucan's exploits as a member of the infamous Clermont set and will focus on the collapse of his marriage to Veronica, the Countess of Lucan. With his marriage disintegrating, Lucan became obsessed with regaining custody of his children. Ultimately the drama will reveal what happened on that fateful night in November 1974 when his children's
nanny, Sandra Rivett, was cruelly bludgeoned to death in the basement of the family's home in London's Lower Belgrave Street as she made her way to the kitchen to make a cup of tea.

Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) will play Lord Lucan

Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) cast as John Aspinall

Michael Gambon (Harry Potter)

Angus Wright (Murder On The Home Front)

Alistair Petrie (Sherlock)

Michael Gould (The Bletchley Circle)

Julian Firth (Secret State)


Press Release;
ITV has commission of a two-part drama, Lucan, based on the life of flamboyant aristocrat, Lord Lucan, and written by award-winning writer Jeff Pope.

Rory Kinnear (Southcliffe, Loving Miss Hatto, Skyfall) will play Lucan whilst Christopher Eccleston (Song for Marion, Blackout, The Shadow Line) takes the role of John Aspinall. Acclaimed actor Michael Gambon will also appear in the drama.

The drama, produced by ITV Studios/GroupM Entertainment and from the department headed by Creative Director and Executive Producer for ITV Studios Francis Hopkinson (Wallander, DCI Banks, Married, Single, Other), will tell the story of Lucan's exploits as a member of the infamous Clermont set and will focus on his marriage collapse to Veronica, the Countess of Lucan.

With his marriage disintegrating, Lucan became obsessed with regaining custody of his children. Ultimately the drama will reveal what happened on that fateful night in November 1974 when his children's nanny, Sandra Rivett, was cruelly bludgeoned to death in the basement of the family's home in London's Lower Belgrave Street as she made her way to the kitchen to make a cup of tea.

To this day Lucan is thought to have mistaken Sandra for his wife Veronica, whom he blamed for the fractures in his family life. His whereabouts and eventual fate have remained a mystery for nearly four decades, captivating and intriguing the public whose fascination with Lucan is undiminished.

The drama is inspired by and based upon the book, The Gamblers, written by author John Pearson who conducted exhaustive interviews with those most closely connected to Lucan at the time of Sandra's murder. Pearson gained unprecedented access to Lucan's friends and acquaintances from the Clermont Club who helped him piece together the Earl's movements on the evening of 7 November. Once the dreadful murder had taken place they shed light on how Lucan escaped the police search, and ultimately his fate.

Lucan will be produced by Chris Clough (Dates, Strike Back, Skins) and executive produced by Francis Hopkinson, Jeff Pope and Quentin Curtis. The drama will be directed by Adrian Shergold (Mad Dogs, Pierrepoint, Dirty Filthy Love). Lucan is an ITV Studios/GroupM Entertainment co-production with Executive Producers for GroupM Entertainment being Richard Foster and Tony Moulsdale.

Francis Hopkinson, ITV Studios Creative Director and Executive Producer commented:

“This extraordinary and tragic event has fascinated people for 40 years. Jeff Pope's script, based on John Pearson's book The Gamblers, brings new insight and revelations, which will surprise the audience. We are delighted that a top cast and director have come together to tell this story."

Richard Foster, Managing Director, GroupM Entertainment:

“We are delighted to continue to build on our relationship with
ITV Studios and to be moving into drama with them - especially
when that drama is based on such an intriguing and ultimately tragic story and written by such a talented writer.”

ITV's Director of Drama commissioning Steve November has commissioned the drama.

“The story of Lord Lucan continues to mystify and intrigue us,” said Steve. “Jeff's reputation for award-winning factual drama goes before him and these new scripts offer a compelling insight into the events surrounding Lucan's disappearance.”

Jeff Pope has devoted his career to writing and producing factual drama and has a formidable reputation within the genre. Most notably he wrote and executive produced Mrs Biggs for ITV Studios, and was the executive producer of Appropriate Adult, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, This is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Filming of Lucan will begin in August 2013 in and around London.
 
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krish

Distinguished Member
Pretty good. I remember the excellent Adam Curtis BBC doc series on them ("The Mayfair Set") a few years ago.

I'm glad Tory toff Fellowes had no hand in this, otherwise those arseholes would have all been made to look like the Dalai Lama.

I fear the nanny may meet the same fate next Monday night on BBC1, with Shine doing a Lucan.

Probably not widely known, but a sad tragedy for Sandra Rivett's young son (born out of wedlock in the 60s, but adopted by her parents). The media generally ignored all that and focused on Lucan's wife and children.
 

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
Really enjoyed this, what an arse Lucan was. Look forward to the final part.

John Aspinall did not come off too well either.
 

krish

Distinguished Member
as I said ... "those arseholes"
- the whole Clermont Set with their grubby mitts all over the establishment, banking, colonial Africa, etc; generally includes all families of women Prince Charles has shagged (Jimmy Goldsmith and Annabel Goldsmith/Birley seem to be at the heart of all the swinging ... explains why Jemima Goldsmith and Princess Di look similar)

Just look up Robin Birley ... objectionable racist imperialist entitled bastard - Aspers' tiger should have finished him off as a kid.
 

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
Enjoyed the final part, though preferred part 1 of the story.

It was not his wife he attacked and killed in part 1, but the nanny Sandra, and he made a pig's ear of trying killing the wife next, instead resorting to have a chat with her enabling her to run off instead.

Nice to see the dedication to Sandra at the end.
 

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