crime, drama

Series 1, Episode 1-4
TX on 13th August 2021 on Channel 4
2nd Unit on Super 8mm, Betacam & DV

The series explores one of the most calamitous cases in British police history: the investigation into the 1992 murder of Rachel Nickell in London, and the dubious ethics of a 'honeytrap' designed to catch the apparent culprit as part of what was known as Operation Edzell.

Irish actress Niamh Algar portrays an undercover female officer, alias Lizzie James, who is determined to rise through the ranks and prove her worth by taking part in a sting where she becomes sexual bait for the suspected killer. However, that suspect, Colin Stagg, was wrongfully charged and later acquitted as innocent, and the case went cold until 2008 when the real perpetrator, Robert Napper, was identified and convicted of the gruesome crime.

As 2nd Unit DP I shot a series of tableaux – grim, fragmented memories and recollections from the killer’s childhood in the late 1970s, encompassing bullying, molestation and family arguments – which would be visually-distinct from the main body of the show, and which would also play a crucial part in the unfolding narrative.

starring: Niamh Algar, Eddie Marsan, Simon Armstrong
director: Niall MacCormick
cinematographer: Jan Jonaeus
2nd Unit directors: Claire Tailyour & Jenny Ash
production company: Story Films
producer: Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto
distributor: Channel 4
location: Bramshill, London

press: Kodak Magazine