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A Is for Acid (2002)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 9 September 2002
John George Haigh, the notorious "acid bath murderer" in 1940s England, becomes the subject of this dramatization.

Director:

Harry Bradbeer

Writer:

Glenn Chandler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... John George Haigh
Keeley Hawes ... Gillian Rogers
Richard Hope ... Archie Henderson
Celia Imrie ... Rose Henderson
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Mrs. Durand-Deacon
John Flanagan John Flanagan ... Arnold Burtin
Terence Beesley ... DS Heslin
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Mrs Constance Lane
Barbara Marten Barbara Marten ... Emily Haigh
Geoff Holman ... John Haigh Senior
Christopher Town Christopher Town ... John George Haigh (as a boy)
Neil McKinven ... Donald McSwan
Claire Nielson Claire Nielson ... Amy McSwan
Donald Douglas ... William McSwan
Christopher Ettridge Christopher Ettridge ... Steven Rogers (as Chris Ettridge)
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Storyline

Dramatisation of the true story of the notorious "acid bath murderer" John Haigh, who murdered women and disposed of their bodies in vats of acid in the 1940's. He was only caught when the gallstones of one of his victims, Mrs Durand-Deacon, failed to dissolve in the acid and were detected by the pathologist who examined the residue from the acid bath. Written by van_whistler@hotmail.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Is for Acid See more »

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Stereo

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Black and White (some footage)| Color
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Goofs

Until 1963, the Sunday Mirror was called "The Sunday Pictorial", and therefore the news story about the disappearance of Mrs Durand-Deacon's could not have been reported by The Sunday Mirror in 1947. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psychoville: Joy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Lights Go On Again
(uncredited)
Performed by Vera Lynn
[detectives inspecting the first crime scene]
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Wonderful 1940's factual drama ... of a serial killer!
11 September 2002 | by Bobby BeansSee all my reviews

A highly entertaining telling of a real life drama about a glamourous British serial killer. Not the most likely subject to tempt an audience but the production was put together with great attention to detail, perfectly capturing Britain in the 1940's, the props, clothes, cars and atmosphere all seeming perfectly genuine. Martin Clunes was superb as Haigh and the supporting cast all played their parts wonderfully well too. A rather unusual subject portrayed with a balanced perspective and having read accounts of the events surrounding Haigh I thought it was a great visualisation of the words I had read. Very interesting indeed.


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