TV drama on murders set to air this month

IPSWICH: A mother of one of the women killed by Steve Wright has today hailed a controversial TV drama about the murders as “accurate.”

The three-part series by the BBC, called Five Daughters, is set to air on BBC One during the last week of April.

The drama tells the story of five sex workers whose bodies were found on the outskirts of Ipswich in the winter of 2006.

Former Coronation Street star Sarah Lancashire is set to portray Rosemary Nicholls, the mother of 29-year-old Annette Nicholls.

Mrs Nicholls, who met with the series writer Stephen Butchard to ensure her daughter’s character was depicted as she knew her, said she has seen the drama.

She said the portrayal is an “accurate account” of the tragic events of November and December 2006.

Speaking to the Evening Star in December, the three-year anniversary of her daughter going missing, Mrs Nicholls said: “Everybody around her remembers her as being a kind and loving daughter and that is how I want to think of her now and how I want people to think about her.”

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The drama has caused mixed feelings among the families of Steve Wright’s five victims. Kerry Nicol, mother of Tania, 19 has slammed the BBC for making the series, urging people not to watch it. She was joined by Brian Clennell, father of Paula Clennell, who said the programme would re-open the wounds for the families.

Steve Wright was convicted of killing Miss Nicol, Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Miss Nicholls, pictured right.