Dramas following true crime stories that illuminate aspects of the case, which can be lost in news coverage and documentaries, such as the experiences of the families of victims and how they coped with the impact of the crime. That is precisely what The Barking Murders will do in the upcoming BBC drama, by reciting the crimes of British serial killer Stephen Port for the victims’ families.
Killer Stephen Port and his victims Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, will reveal the story of the Barking Killers. Port was granted a life sentence in November 2016 for his crimes, which means he will not be eligible for parole, with a whole life order.
The Barking Murders, as the BBC reports, “go into the headlines,” following the news from the families of the victims, as they fight to unveil the truth of what happened to their missing sons and daughters.
As per the various reports, the series will be released in 2020. But there is no confirmed release date of the series.
The cast of The Barking Murders season 1 will include:
- Leanne Best as Kate
- Ben Cartwright as Det. Sgt. O’Donnell
- Giselle Cullinane as Barbara Denham
- Robert Emms as Ricky
- Kris Hitchen as Tom
- Michael Jibson as DC Slaymaker
- Stephen Merchant as Stephen Port
The realistic drama is based on the true case of the serial rapist and murderer Stephen Port, but will tell the tale from the viewpoint of his victims’ families, ‘focusing on their battle to uncover the truth as to what happened to their missing sons and brothers in the face of a now highly criticized police investigation.’
Four young men in their 20s: Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor, were convicted of the assault by infiltration, abuse, and murder.
The drama comes from Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, who previously cooperated on The Moorside to say a story about the neighborhood that was struck by Shannon Matthews’ disappearance. She has joined forces with an appropriate person who looked at serial killer Fred West in the view of social worker apprentice Janet Leach.