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Absolutely brilliant drama about Sweeney Todd
on 31 December 2013
**THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**
18th century London is a filthy, teeming city - a haven for gin drinkers, harlots and cut-throats. In its heart, on the busy Fleet Street, is the barbershop of Sweeney Todd, the most notorious serial killer ever.
Living in the shadow of Newgate Prison, barber Sweeney Todd tries to carve out a quiet and simple life. But he has a past that comes back to haunt him and inner demons he is unable to quell.
When Mrs Lovett, a young lady who isn't too choosy about her men or the source of meat for her pie shop takes a shop next to Sweeney Todd's, the apir forge a complex and destructive partnership, and customers begin to disappear with alarming regularity.
As body parts are found in the Fleet River, the Bow Street Runners investigate; but even under the threat of capture, Sweeney Todd is unable to run away from the monster inside...
I originally saw this very entertaining drama about Sweeney Todd when it was first on the BBC in 2006 and thought it was great, so much so that I decided to buy it on DVD and when watching it on DVD it was just as good then as I remembered it from when it was first on the telly. Ray Winstone is absolutely superb as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who is very ably supported by the likes of David Warner and David Bradley. A truly compelling drama that is very highly recommended, in which the DVD of the show contains footage of a graphic nature that was not shown in the broadcast version.