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Landscapers, a new Sky drama starring Olivia Colman, promises to be a tense and gripping retelling of horrific murders by a husband-and-wife duo in the 1990s.

The Oscar winner will star alongside Harry Potter actor David Thewlis, and it was penned by her husband Ed Sinclair.

Filmed in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, the series will tell the story of Nottingham couple Susan and Christopher Edwards.

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The pair schemed to murder Susan’s parents and then covered up their deaths for an astounding 15 years.

Patricia and William Wycherley were shot dead and buried at their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend in 1998.

Over the next 15 years, they stole £300,000 to fund a bizarre infatuation with Hollywood memorabilia. They were particularly interested in autographs from movie star Garry Cooper.



Undated handout photo issued by Sky UK Ltd / HBO/ Sister, of Olivia Colman as Susan Edwards and David Thewlis as Christopher Edwards in Sky Original drama Landscapers. Inspired by real events, the series stars Colman and Thewlis as a mild-mannered married couple whose lives are upturned after dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham. Issue date: Tuesday August 17, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Landscapers. Photo credit should read: Stefania Rosini/Sky UK Ltd/HBO/Sister/PA Wire
Olivia Colman as Susan Edwards and David Thewlis as Christopher Edwards in Sky Original drama Landscapers

They fled to France in 2012 and eventually emailed a confession to police in the UK. The couple surrendered themselves to UK Border Force authorities and jury at Nottingham Crown Court found the pair guilty of murder.

But there is also further darkness behind Susan’s story. Landscapers reveals that the mild-mannered librarian was abused by her father when she was a child.

There is a love story at the heart of the TV series too, with both actors keen to portray the Edwards’ devotion to one another.

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Colman told Sky News: “We find out, through the programme, she faced abuse at the hands of her father as a little girl, and I think it’s her escapism to sort of imagine men [can be] heroic and that she finally meets her knight in shining armour.”

Landscapers premieres on Sky Atlantic and NOW today (Tuesday, December 7).

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