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Place of Execution
‘You shall be taken to the place from whence you came, and thence to a place of lawful execution,
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‘You shall be taken to the place from whence you came, and thence to a place of lawful execution, and there you shall be hanged by the neck until you be dead, and afterwards your body shall be buried in a common grave within the precincts of the prison wherein you were last confined before your execution; and may the Lord have mercy on your soul’.
The formal death sentence of the English legal system
Journalist Catherine Heathcote is making a documentary about schoolgirl Alison Carter, who in 1963 vanished from a remote Northumberland village called Scardale, sparking a major police hunt and making a hero of investigating officer DI George Bennett. When George withdraws his co-operation at the last minute, Catherine is devastated and sets off for Scardale to demand an explanation, accompanied by her rebellious teenage daughter Sasha. But as Catherine digs further into the case and encounters hostility from the tight-knit residents, she makes some shocking discoveries.
1963: Philip Hawkin is arrested in connection with his stepdaughter Alison Carter’s disappearance, after a stolen gun and his blood-soaked shirt are found linking him to a violent murder scene at Scardale lead mines. His guilt seems assured when DI George Bennett discovers pornographic photographs of him and Alison in a hidden safe, and he is charged with murder. As she tries to salvage her documentary about the case, Catherine Heathcote fears that George may have manipulated evidence, but can’t accept the man she admires so highly could have been bent. Then George suffers a massive heart attack.
1963: Philip Hawkin is convicted of the rape & murder of his step-daughter Alison, and is hanged. He goes to the gallows claiming he’s a victim of other people’s lies. Catherine is still convinced DI George Bennett wouldn’t fabricate evidence but she’s fired as her boss Keith vows to use her film to expose the famous detective. Desperate to put an end to the secrets in Scardale, Catherine returns to the village one more time. But what she uncovers there not only turns the Alison Carter case upside down – it rocks the very foundations of Catherine’s own life.
Interview with Juliet Stevenson
JULIET STEVENSON PLAYS CATHERINE HEATHCOTE
Juliet Stevenson found it easy to identify with her character’s all-consuming urge to find the truth about a missing schoolgirl.
She said: “I have always been haunted by the Suzy Lamplugh case – that girl was never found. How do families and parents of loved ones cope without the lack of closure? Also the McCanns – all parents have been identifying very strongly with that case. So our story is very current.”
The script was just one of the appeals of the drama for Juliet: “There was a lot going on sub-textually. Catherine is pursuing buried secrets from the past which have never been resolved but she also has secrets in her own life. The narrative drive and her internal life make for an interesting combination. I liked the whole package.
“I read the book, as I always like to, but my character differs a lot because in the book she doesn’t have a teenage daughter and that is a big part of the film. The very first script didn’t have a daughter either and I loved it when I read the second draft and discovered she is a struggling single parent, going through a difficult time. Her personal life is unravelling as the story unravels.”
Catherine is forced to confront her problems with her daughter Sasha (Elizabeth Day) when she accompanies her to Northumberland to investigate the story of missing schoolgirl Alison Carter (Poppy Goodburn).
Juliet explained: “Catherine is a workaholic. She’s passionate about her work; she’s very direct, full of energy and a perfectionist. Although she’s a strong woman she knows she’s probably not the best parent.
"She found parenthood difficult to plait into her working life, her marriage has fallen apart and she and her daughter are locked in mutual frustration, misunderstanding and anger.
“Her own relationship with her mother is difficult and fractured too but I don’t think she realises it. She is a woman of her time.”
The drama, set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1960s, was filmed in Northumberland in two distinct parts.
The actress continued: “We never saw the 1960s cast, so my scenes are with Dave Hill and Philip Jackson in the present day. I didn’t get to see Lee Ingleby, Tony Maudsley and Greg Wise. The only actor who covers both eras is Joy Blakeman who plays Kathy Lomas. She is aged by prosthetics to go from her thirties to her seventies.
“The 60s section was filmed first and then us, almost like two different films. As we arrived all the other characters were saying fond farewells. We felt like the new kids on the block.
"It’s a strange feeling, almost as if the house belongs to someone else and you are walking into someone else’s bathroom. Lots of relationships have been established there. But of course in only a matter of days you take over the house – to flog the metaphor.
“We all stayed in the same hotel in Northumberland so we could sometimes all meet up in the evening. I loved filming it as I love the north east and my family also came up to see me.”
Interview with Greg Wise
GREG WISE PLAYS PHILIP HAWKIN
Greg Wise was attracted to the role of village squire Philip Hawkin because of his enigmatic character.
Greg said: “I’m generally attracted to roles which can’t easily be explained, those which may not necessarily be the good or bad guy. They tend to have more depth. I’m not like Hawkin at all, which made the role appealing.”
Hawkin lives at the Manor House in Scardale with his wife Ruth (Emma Cunniffe) and stepdaughter Alison (Poppy Goodburn).
“Scardale is still frugal and closed from the outer community and Hawkin is considered with some suspicion by the locals. The wealth, house and land were inherited and he really owns the village and the surrounding land.”
Hawkin’s secluded world is turned upside down when Alison vanishes after going out to walk her dog on the moors.
Greg explained: “He still believes that Alison is out walking the dog when the police arrive and start their investigation. He’s tremendously concerned for the girl, but he doesn’t get the opportunity to express his feelings and that’s why suspicion is put on him."
DI George Bennett (Lee Ingleby) notices tension between Hawkin and Ruth.
Greg added: “He’s fairly cold towards his wife. It’s her second marriage and Alison is her daughter from her first marriage. Time has worn Ruth down and Hawkin isn’t a very passionate man towards her.”
Greg was delighted to return to Northumberland to film the drama.
“We filmed in an area called Hexham and I’m actually originally from the north east so it’s been lovely being back. I was born in Newcastle so I’m a Geordie and my dad still lives there.
"I left when I was quite young but the accent is still there and I actually used it in a film I did last year called The Departed. It’s wonderful to be able to come back to the area of my birth.
“I spend a lot of time in London but I’m quite a country boy at heart. I love working and being in the city, but I don’t want to work all the time and I love being at home - it’s all about being able to find that balance. I think if you’re lucky enough to do that it makes it all worth it.”
|Catherine Heathcote||Juliet Stevenson|
|George Bennett||Lee Ingleby|
|Philip Hawkin||Greg Wise|
|Tommy Clough||Tony Maudsley|
|George Bennett ( old )||Philip Jackson|
|Tommy Clough ( old )||Dave Hill|
|Ruth Hawkin||Emma Cunniffe|
|Kathy Lomas||Joy Blakeman|
|Script Executive||Claire Hirsch|
|Executive Producer||Sandra Jobling|
|Associate Producer||Will Nicholson|
|Executive Producer||Robson G Green|
|Based on Characters Created By||Val McDermid|
|Director of Photography||Steve Lawes|