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He Kills Coppers (2008)

Three policemen are brutally murdered during the 1966 World Cup celebrations. "He Kills Coppers" follows three men connected to the deaths; Frank (a fellow policeman), Tony (an ambitious ... See full summary »

Director:

Adrian Shergold

Writers:

Jake Arnott (novel), Ed Whitmore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Raido ... Billy Porter
Liam Garrigan ... Jonathan Young
Rafe Spall ... Frank Taylor
Steven Robertson ... Tony Meehan
Tim Woodward ... Nipper Reed
Kelly Reilly ... Jeannie
Kemal Sylvester Kemal Sylvester ... Maltese
Glyn Grimstead Glyn Grimstead ... Alf Isaacs
Paul Ritter ... Sid Franks
Robert Demeger Robert Demeger ... Bookie
Cameron Jack ... Jimmy
Cavan Clerkin ... Stan
Lucy Holt ... Sandra
James Dreyfus ... Julian
Paul Clayton Paul Clayton ... Tweed Suit
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Storyline

Three policemen are brutally murdered during the 1966 World Cup celebrations. "He Kills Coppers" follows three men connected to the deaths; Frank (a fellow policeman), Tony (an ambitious journalist, and witness to the murders), and Billy (the murderer). Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2008 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ecosse Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jake Arnott's novel and this TV adaptation are based on the real-life murder of three police officers in Braybrook Street, Shepherd's Bush, London on 12 August 1966 by Harry Roberts, John Duddy and Jack Witney. Roberts is still in prison, Duddy died in prison and Witney was found beaten to death after his release from prison. The character of Billy Porter is based on Roberts. See more »

Quotes

Frank Taylor: i know he's not about to walk off into the sunset with some tart!
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Follows The Long Firm (2004) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Perfunctory
12 April 2008 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

For a mainstream drama on ITV, 'He Kills Coppers' is remarkably harsh, complex and realistic; a long way from conventional serial-killer cliché. An enigmatic villain, and the under-Britain he inhabits, is set against a story of corrupt policeman: there's certainly promise in the premise. Unfortunately, the acting isn't brilliant (Steven Robinson as the journalist is particularly poor) and the direction relies too much on the soundtrack to insert some otherwise missing emotion. The real problem is that the story seems abbreviated; a succession of events enticingly set out but never fully elaborated; what's left is perfunctory, a barely illustrated outline. It's a shame, as I can believe there was potential here.


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