Everything You Need To Know About New True Crime Show ‘The Barking Murders’
If you're anything like us, a new true crime show is worth cancelling all plans for, so get ready for a new BBC One series: The Barking Murders. The drama series will focus on the terrifying true story of convicted murderer Stephen John Port, also known as "The Grindr Killer".
The three-part miniseries will focus on the crimes committed by Port from the perspectives of the families of the victims, dramatising their struggle to uncover the truth about their relatives in the midst of a highly-criticised police investigation.
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The factual true crime series is headed up by Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, the award-winning team behind The Moorside, the 2008 TV drama focusing on the disappearance of Shannon Matthews and Appropriate Adult, the TV film exploring the relationship between serial killer Fred West and trainee social worker Janet Leach.
There's a stellar cast involved in the dramatisation, too. Sheridan Smith will play Sarah Sak, the mother of one of Port's victims, Anthony Walgate, while Stephen Merchant will play the killer.
Other cast members including Jaime Winstone, Rufus Jones and Stephanie Hyam.
"Neil McKay and I are delighted to be working with Sheridan Smith again, who brings such honesty and passion to every character she plays," said Jeff Pope.
"Stephen Merchant didn't hesitate when we asked him to play serial killer Stephen Port and we are so grateful that he has agreed to take on such a difficult and challenging role."
Lucy Richer, executive producer for the BBC, added: "I'm so pleased that we've assembled such an extraordinary cast to be a part of bringing this important true story to screen with sensitivity and compassion.
"This compelling story shows the tireless courage and determination of the victims' families and friends to find out what really happened; it's an honour to tell it on BBC One."
The series is still being filmed, and is expected to air later in 2019.
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