In the dark and twisting alleyways of dickensian London, the stories of two very different young women collide with terrifying consequences...
This three part BBC series of deception and forbidden love was based on Sarah Waters’ Booker nominated novel.
5* Amazon reader ratings:
‘London in the 1860s … absolutely first class from start to finish … a brilliant screenplay by Peter Ransley… The worlds of Sue (Sally Hawkins) a fingersmith (or pickpocket) and that of heiress Maude (Elaine Cassidy) collide with the help of fraudster Richard Rivers (Rupert Evans). (Inmi Opinion, Spain).
Superb drama reminiscent of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins … (Pointone, UK)
If you haven’t already seen this programme, what the hell are you waiting for … Breathtaking … (Lizzylou 21)
A Sally Head Production, Fingersmith was a BAFTA nomination for best series.
A pioneering project of three ninety minute films, this was an adaptation of Andrew Taylor's trilogy of books The Four Last Things, The Judgment of Strangers and The Office of the Dead.
A pioneering project for ITV of three ninety minute films, this 2007 adaptation of Andrew Taylor’s trilogy of books starred Emilia Fox and Charles Dance. ’The story takes you from the present, when you meet a cold calculated mass murderer , then backwards, first to her teenage years, then to her childhood. By the end of the first part I hated her. By the end of the third I wanted to save her. A brilliant look at what makes a person turn into a murderer. (Sian Child – Birmingham).
‘Not conforming to the usual pattern of murder dramas … it steers clear of police investigation … (focussing) on those who knew her best to unravel the reason for her crimes. Excellent killed drama. (Thomas Ewlce, Notts).
Watch the DVD and read the books (published as Requiem for an Angel by Andrew Taylor). Brilliant! (H Grocott Cheshire).
A Good Murder Is Available On DVD Now.
An illegal immigrant on the run begins a love affair with an artist – with deadly results. She’s painting a picture of love, but is he weaving a web of deceit?
Peter’s gripping two-part thriller was produced in 2006 for ITV by Sally Head Productions.
Directed by Graham Theakston, it starred Juliet Aubrey and Anna Massey and introduced Mirek Simunek.
Set in Yorkshire, Annie Marsh suspects her husband to be a serial killer. She is holding onto her marriage, her family and her sanity - but only by her fingertips...
Peter adapted his own novel into a feature film starring Helen Mirren, Owen Teale and Rosemary Leach.
Set in Yorkshire, Helen Mirren’s character of Annie Marsh suspects her husband to be a serial killer. She is holding onto her marriage, her family and her sanity – but only by her fingertips. A terrifying sexual murderer is on the loose. And with a terrible suspicion growing in her mind, Annie is beginning to lose her grip…
‘Peter Ransley’s story is the ultimate nightmare.’ The Times.
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It is also available in a collection of her BBC work Helen Mirren at the BBC 1974-1995- eleven key films plus interview
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Psychological thriller about a 15-year-old girl in a quiet village who becomes unhinged after witnessing a murder...
Thriller / Hodder / 1993
Peter’s book tells the story of a solitary schoolgirl, prone to sudden blackouts after she’s stumbled onto a murder scene, who gets involved with her English teacher.
Then, when his wife is also murdered, questions about what’s real and what’s made up start haunting her.
Peter later adapted his book into a television screenplay Bright Hair for the BBC in 1993, A Monogram / BBC co-production, it was directed by Christopher Menaul and starred Emilia Fox, James Purefoy.
Three of Peter's Tales of the Unexpected are available now on DVD.
Peter wrote three episodes of the ITV Tales of the Unexpected series – sinister tales with a touch of humour and always an unexpected twist at the end of each half hour. The series was so popular it lasted almost 10 years.
Two of Peter’s 1983 tales, Where’s Your Sense of Humour? and Clerical Error can be found in the DVD for the seventh series and his 1984 The Best Chess Player in the World is in the eighth series.
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