Victim's mum backs BBC murders drama

The mother of one of Steve Wright's victims today told how she met the writer of a controversial BBC TV drama to ensure her daughter was portrayed accurately.

IPSWICH: The mother of one of Steve Wright's victims today told how she met the writer of a controversial BBC TV drama to ensure her daughter was portrayed accurately.

Earlier this week, Kerry Nicol, mum of Tania, 19, slammed the BBC for making the three-part drama - Five Daughters - which is about the killings of five Ipswich street workers in winter 2006.

Ms Nicol, who refused to let researchers question her for the drama, urged viewers to boycott the programme.

But the mother of 29-year-old Annette Nicholls, Rosemary, told The Evening Star she met with writer Stephen Butchard because she wanted her daughter depicted as she knew her.


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She said she was concerned because of inaccurate portrayals of her daughter in some national newspapers and books.

“I was reluctant at first and then the more I thought about it, I thought that if they are going to say anything about her then they will pick up what other people have said. I do not want that,” said Mrs Nicholls.

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“I do feel for Ms Nicol because I know how she feels but for my part I did it to correct things which were wrong. For some of the families, us included, we had people coming forward saying different things which were not correct.

“They were our daughters and our children and we knew them in different ways.

“She had a different life, she had a life with us and everybody around her remembers her as being a kind and loving daughter and that is how I want to think of her and how I want people to think about her.”

Mrs Nicholls, whose role will be played by actress Sarah Lancashire, said the writer was “very sensitive” when he met her and also corrected some inaccuracies in the script.

On Tuesday, it was the three-year anniversary of Miss Nicholls being reported missing. Her mother said things have not become any easier since that day.

“We are still suffering as much today as we were at the beginning and it does not get better for us.

“I am sure it doesn't for any of the other families.”

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

Should the programme be broadcast? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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