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The Staircase is an eight-part true crime series about Michael Peterson, a crime novelist convicted of murdering his wife Kathleen, whose body was found at the bottom of the staircase at their home.
Crime author Michael Peterson was charged with her 2001 murder and was found guilty.
He has always maintained his innocence including after he he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in October 2003.
In 2017 he submitted an Alford plea to the reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter and the judge sentenced him to time already served and he was freed.
Peterson’s case has been documented in a 13-episode Netflix documentary series and those who watched it are convinced Colin’s mannerisms and voice is spot on.
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One viewer tweeted: “Colin Firth is doing WORK in The Staircase. After watching the documentary years ago, he is nailing the husband’s voice and mannerisms. Uncanny.”
A second person tweeted: “Watching The Staircase Colin Firth has Michael Peterson’s voice down pat, he sounds exactly like him!”
Similarly, another Twitter user added: “Colin firth is uncanny on THE STAIRCASE. his voice? tone? ooooof.”
A shocked true crime fan tweeted: “WOW. wowowowowow episode 1 of The Staircase is incredible. I can't believe how accurate their portrayals are. The voices, the mannerisms. Just wow. I've watched the doc twice and it's truly uncanny.”
The cast also includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Juliette Binoche, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Dane DeHaan and Olivia DeJonge.
The series has received positive reviews from critics, with lots of praise for Colin's acting. The consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads: "The Staircase doesn't hold many surprises for those already intimate with the original documentary, but this dramatization brings a fresh perspective and texture to the mystery—along with a terrific performance by Colin Firth".
The Staircase airs Thursday 9pm on Sky Atlantic.