Mum's fury over BBC murders drama
A mother whose daughter was one of five women murdered by Steve Wright today slammed the BBC for making a TV drama about the killings.
IPSWICH: A mother whose daughter was one of five women murdered by Steve Wright today slammed the BBC for making a TV drama about the killings.
Kerry Nicol, mum of tragic Tania, said there was no need to bring back the painful memories of the events of winter 2006.
Details of the three-part drama - Five Daughters - emerged last week, with former Coronation Street actor Sarah Lancashire set to star.
But Ms Nicol, who refused to let BBC researchers question her for the show, is urging viewers to boycott the programme.
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She said: “I am angry and disgusted with the BBC. They have no respect for other people's feelings.
“The producers of this programme just want to make money out of other people's misery.
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“And the fact that it's being billed as a drama - or a form of entertainment - sickens me.
“What happened is in the past and that's where it should stay. There's no need to dig it back up.
“I don't think the people of Ipswich are going to want to watch this and I certainly won't be.”
Tania was only 19 when she was murdered by Wright, formerly of London Road, Ipswich.
The 51-year-old also killed Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.
Ms Nicol questioned how accurately the programme would portray the five women.
She added: “I was contacted by the programme's producer who asked to meet me but I refused point blank and told her not to do this.
“How are they going to portray Tania when they don't know anything about her?
“The programme will be entirely fictional. The BBC is making our misery worse.”
The BBC was unable to respond to Ms Nicol's comments today.
However, the writer of Five Daughters, Stephen Butchard, earlier said: “Our hope is that this drama provides a glimpse of the real girls their families know.
“I hope it also leads to further debate on the impact of drugs and sex industries upon every town, every city in this country and what action is or isn't being taken.”
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