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Powerful television drama based on a true story. Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady (Sean Harris) and Myra Hindley (Maxine Peake) abducted, sexually assaulted and brutally murdered five children, disposing of the bodies in shallow graves across Manchester's Saddleworth Moor. The chilling story is told from the view of Hindley's sister, Maureen Smith (Joanne Froggatt).
Powerful and thought-provoking drama based on one of the most shocking crimes of the 20th century. This is the chilling story of child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and how they were finally brought to justice. Convicted of the torture and killing of five youngsters, the Moors Murderers remain two of the most hated figures in Britain.
See No Evil reveals the untold story and is based on two years of intensive research and interviews with detectives and the key trial witness. It is produced in consultation with the murdered childrens relatives.
Starring Maxine Peak (Shameless), Sean Harris (24 Hour Party People), Joanne Froggatt (Spooks) and George Costigan (Casualty).
"Even 40 years on, it's hard to think of a subject more likely to raise hackles and misfire. So much braver, then, for ITV to tackle it; and so much more admirable for it to have been done so superbly." - The Daily Telegraph
"While it was undoubtedly grim viewing, it had a compulsive grip that I simply couldn't shake off." - Daily Express
"...Peake's performance (as Myra Hindley) was eerily convincing." - The Mirror
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The film is chilling because it is real but, at the same time, it is compelling. Whenever Brady and Hindley are mentioned people immediately remember the children and the horrific things that were done to them - but this was the first time I had heard of Edward Evans, the 17 yr old who was their last victim. I had also never known that Hindley had a sister (played superbly by Joanne Froggatt) or given much thought to impact the murders must have had on Hindley/Bradys families as well as on those of their victims. This was handled very sensitively by the TV film.
Both these vile people have now departed this life but the evil they did will be remembered for ever. In my opinion this film stands as an historic documentary and a memorial to their victims, their families and the efforts of all concerned in their capture.
More than decent supporting cast also. This highlights the effects that these two vile people had upon the poor families. Please God or whatever you call yourself let poor little Keith Bennett be found and rest in peace. If you are tough enough to watch this... You will weep. A lot.
Accomplished character actors Sean Harris and Maxine Peake are both excellent as the twisted child murderers Brady and Hindley, their performances are eerily convincing, really managing to bring the monsters to life. Harris in particular excels as Brady, his facial expressions and mannerisms are exactly how I imagined him to be like in real life. The underrated actor George Costigan as DCI Joe Mounsey (the policeman who led to investigation and never gave up, particularly in finding the couple's second victim John Kilbride) is also another stand-out performance, although all of the actors in this drama turn out fantastic performances.
I did say that Maxine Peake was excellent, if not a little too attractive as Hindley, and I do indeed think she was. However, unlike Brady, who I believe was portrayed exactly as he was at the time, the Hindley character was written here as being far softer than she actually was. I have read every book on the case, watched just about every documentary, including 2003's 'Myra: The Making of a Monster', where David Smith was interviewed for the cameras, and from what I've heard (from David himself), his sister-in-law was certainly not the doting auntie, far from it, and almost completely lacking in emotion. Nevertheless, the 'Myra' that was given to Maxine to play in this drama, was portrayed well by her.
The film is thankfully not really all that graphic (aside from brief but nevertheless violent scenes (used as flashbacks) of Brady axing to death the couple's final victim Edward Evans), and we are not told exactly how the other poor children were murdered. I think that the viewer is given a good overview of what happened overall and the story is cleverly told from the perspective of Hindley's brother-in-law David Smith and his wife Maureen. Smith was the man who witnessed the final killing and turned the twisted couple to the police, although you wouldn't believe it, he received appalling treatment from people who chose to believe he was the 'third moors murderer'.
I thought that ITV handled a very difficult subject with sensitivity and respect. 'See No Evil' is a strong, passionate film, and a lot of research was clearly carried out. However, the ending was completely made up to help close the film, taking the dramatic license perhaps a bit far. The film is very good in many ways, but it does take a few liberties (David Smith did NOT agree to rob the last victim, Brady came up with this story during his police questioning), but as long as you remember that this is a drama and not a documentary, you should find it a good insight into the damage that Brady and Hindley's disgusting actions brought to so many people.
There are no special features whatsoever on the DVD.