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The Murders at White House Farm
An infamous true crime story. Over thirty years ago, three generations of one family were murdered at their isolated farm. Initial evidence pointed the finger at the daughter of the family who had a history of mental illness, however one detective refused to accept this and delved deeper into the investigation. His determination uncovered new evidence that shed suspicion on another family member. This is a dramatized true crime story based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts, looking at the mystery behind what happened that fateful day.
Produced by New Pictures, in association with all3media international, the series is written by Kris Mrksa and Giula Sandler and directed by Paul Whittington. It is executive produced by Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke and Kris Mrksa and produced by Lee Thomas.
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October 21, 2020
For this fifth episode of the companion podcast to HBO Max’s The Murders At White House Farm, host Lauren Bright Pacheco talks to series writer Kris Mrksa to dive into the psychology of the case, and the many personas involved. Kris discusses his processes for bringing the various different characters involved to life -- including Jeremy Bamber’s complex and confusing personality -- as well as his approach to depicting Sheila Caffell’s mental health struggles. Kris also discusses what it was like to tread the fine line between reality and its onscreen counterpart, his processes for getting inside the characters’ heads, and what he means by “the slippery nature of truth.”
Since graduating from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010, Freddie Fox has appeared in films including Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Pride directed by Matthew Warchus as well as Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Other recent film credits include Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein, The Three Musketeers directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and Black 47 which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Last year, Fox starred in Thomas Clay’s Fanny Lye Deliver’d which premiered at the London Film Festival. He also starred on stage in Edmond as “Edmond Rostand”, the author of Cyrano de Bergerac and in the new Channel 4 comedy The Year of the Rabbit. Fox also appeared alongside his father Edward Fox in An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre directed by Jonathan Church.
Fox was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 2017 Olivier Awards for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties directed by Patrick Marber in the West End. In 2016, he was nominated for an Ian Charleson award for his performance in Romeo and Juliet at the Sheffield Crucible. On the small screen, Fox has recently shot roles in ITV’s Invisible, Tony McNamara’s The Great and the fourth season of The Crown for Netflix. He is currently shooting a role in the Emily Mortimer’s BBC mini-series The Pursuit of Love. Fox has recently completed directing and producing his first short film Hero which stars Charles Dance and James Norton.
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Mark Addy, graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, began his career on television, appearing in award-winning comedies such as The Thin Blue Line. He has since gone on to work on the U.S. hit television series Still Standing and Anand Tucker's critically acclaimed Red Riding: 1983. Following this, Addy was in HBO's Game Of Thrones alongside Sean Bean, Trollied for Sky1, BBC’s Atlantis and Young Hyacinth. He can more recently be seen in BBC’s The Salisbury Poisonings. In 1997 Addy starred in The Full Monty, which led to a BAFTA® nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award®. He also starred in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, alongside Michael Keaton in Jack Frost, with Chris Rock in Down to Earth and with Heath Ledger in The Order and A Knight's Tale. Credits also include Gurinder Chadha's It's a Wonderful Afterlife, Barney's Version. Addy also appeared as Friar Tuck in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Recent film credits include The More You Ignore Me, directed by Keith English, The Runaways directed by Richard Heap and Michal Engler’s Downton Abbey.
After a sellout off-Broadway run of Hangmen directed by Martin McDonagh, Addy was set to open the production on Broadway before it was cancelled due to Covid-19. West End theatre credits includes, Collaborators London Assurance, Fram, Much Ado About Nothing, Donkeys’ Years, Wild Oats, The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus and The Shaughraun/Bartholomew Fair/Ghetto. Regional theatre credits include, The Nap, Mail Order Bride, Passion Killers, April in Paris, The Office Party, One Over the Eight, Up and Under, Bouncers, Moll Flanders, Up’N’Under II and Three Sisters at the Royal.
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Stephen Graham has enjoyed continued success following his critically acclaimed performance in the 2006 BAFTA® best picture winner This is England, directed by Shane Meadows, together with the recent follow up Channel 4 mini-series: This is England ‘86, ’88 &‘90, which also secured him a TV BAFTA nomination. Other notable credits include Jimmy McGovern’s The Street, in which he received an RTS award nomination, McGovern’s Accused opposite Sean Bean, as well as HBO’s Parade’s End with Benedict Cumberbatch. Graham is also known for playing the iconic role of “Al Capone” opposite Steve Buscemi in Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire for HBO, which ran for 5 seasons. His television credits include ITV’s Little Boy Blue, The Watchman and the BBC’s Decline and Fall, The Secret Agent and Taboo alongside Tom Hardy. In 2018 Graham starred in Sky’s Save Me created by Lenny James which Graham was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2019 BAFTA TV Awards. 2019 saw Graham join the cast for the highly anticipated return of Jed Mercurio’s Line Of Duty. The first episode launched with 11.4 million viewers and 38% audience share. In May 2019, Graham teamed up with Shane Meadows once again for Channel 4’s The Virtues and received rave reviews for his extraordinary performance and Graham was nominated for Leading Actor at the 2020 BAFTA TV awards. In December 2019, Graham starred as Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol on the BBC. Graham starred in the Sky series, a police comedy with Danny Mays, Code 404 and will also star in BBC’s The North Water later in 2020.
Graham’s film credits include his portrayal of "Baby Face Nelson" opposite Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Public Enemies, The Fields opposite Sam Worthington, London Boulevard opposite Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell, Season of the Witch opposite Nicolas Cage and Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opposite Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Other credits include Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Hyena, Get Santa, A Patch Of Fog and Pirates Of The Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales. His recent credits, include, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, directed by Paul McGuigan, Funny Cow and Journey’s End opposite Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin and Asa Butterfield. 2019 saw Graham feature in the highly acclaimed biopic Rocketman alongside Taron Egerton playing the infamous “Dick James.” Graham starred in the critically acclaimed Netflix film The Irishman as “Tony ‘Pro’ Provenzano” opposite Al Pacino and De Niro. The Irishman received 10 Oscar® and 10 BAFTA nominations. In 2020, Graham starred in Greyhound alongside Tom Hanks and has wrapped filming Venom 2 alongside Tom Hardy. In 2020, Graham set up Matriarch Productions with Hannah Walters and filmed their first project Boiling Point.
British actress and comedian Gemma Whelan is known for her varied body of work. Whelan has most recently been seen on AMC and BBC One in the third series of the hugely successful and critically acclaimed Killing Eve as “Geraldine.” Before the theater shut down in London, Whelan reprised her role of “Kate” for a stage version of Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow in the West End’s Gielgud Theatre. Earlier this year audiences also saw Whelan play the role of “Mrs. Weston” in Working Title’s re-make of Jane Austen’s Emma. Whelan also stars in the first series of Gentleman Jack for the BBC and HBO. Before this, Whelan reprised her role of “Yara Greyjoy” in the Emmy® nominated final series of Game of Thrones on HBO.
Earlier last year Whelan appeared on stage in A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter. In 2017 Whelan was seen in BBC’s The Moorside, Decline and Fall, Upstart Crow, Queers and The End of the F***ing World on Channel 4 and Netflix. Whelan has appeared in BBC’s Uncle, Morgana Robinson’s The Agency, Asylum, Mapp and Lucia, Hetty Feather, Horrible Histories, The Persuasionists and Murder in Successville. Other television credits include Not Safe for Work, Siblings, Badults, The Harry & Paul Show and Threesome. On stage Whelan has appeared in Radiant Vermin and Dark Vanilla Jungle both at the Soho Theatre. Other theatre credits include Nicholas Hytner’s One Man Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and National Theatre, Stephen and the Sexy Partridge at the Trafalgar Studios and Shakespeare for Breakfast. In film Whelan played the role of “Len” in Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and appeared in Universal’s Gulliver’s Travels and The Wolfman.
Welsh actress Alexa Davies stars in the comedy series Dead Pixels. Based on his 2016 Channel 4 short, Avatards, the series was written by BAFTA®-winning writer, Jon Brown (Fresh Meat, Veep) and produced by Peep Show’s Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. Dead Pixels centers on friends Meg (Davies), Nicky and Usman, whose world revolves around their obsession with a fantasy computer game. The show had its UK premiere on E4 and was the channel's best performing UK scripted comedy since The Inbetweeners. Davies’ breakthrough role was in the 2012 British comedy film Vinyl, written and directed by Sara Sugarman. Based on a true story about an aging rock band who use a young fresh-faced punk band to front new recordings and fool the music industry. The following year, she made her stage debut in No Quarter by Polly Stenham at the Royal Court Theatre, appearing alongside Taron Egerton and Tom Sturridge. In 2018, Davies starred in the musical romantic-comedy, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia! Davies took on the role of young “Rosie”, the character played by Julie Walters in the original film. The film was a box office hit, grossing $395 million worldwide.
She was most recently seen in, Misbehaviour, a British comedy-drama film directed by Philippa Lowthorpe. Based on the true-story about a group of activists who interrupted the 1970 Miss World Competition. It also stars Kiera Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley and Keeley Hawes and Lesley Manville. Additional selected television credits include Raised by Wolves, Harlots, Dectorists and Cuckoo. Feature credits include X+Y / A Brilliant Young Mind, Spaceship, The Sense of an Ending and Sticky, among others. This Autumn, Davies will be seen in ITV's two-part drama Honour, based on the real-life ‘honour killing’ of Banaz Mahmod, a 20-year-old Iraqi Kurdish woman, and the subsequent police investigation. Davies stars alongside Keeley Hawes. Following this, she will join Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith in Four Lives, the BBC drama based on the murders of Stephen John Port, better known as “The Grindr Killer”. The three-part series will focus on the crimes committed by Port from the perspectives of the families of the victims.