By Lauren Hughes published
Olivia Colman's new drama Landscapers promises to be a 'darkly comic' retelling of the gruesome 1998 Mansfield ‘garden bodies’ murders.
Landscapers tells the story of Susan Edwards, who along with her husband Christopher, murders her parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, and buries them in the garden. The Crown's Olivia Colman, who just recently missed out on a SAG Award to costar Gillian Anderson, will be playing the role of Susan. She will be joined by actor David Thewlis, who played Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter movies, as Christopher Edwards.
Filming in Nottingham and Mansfield has already started, with Nottinghamshire Live reporting that film crews have been spotted at various locations around the county.
What were the Mansfield Murders?
The Mansfield murders perplexed both the police force and the public. Susan and Christopher Edwards, a seemingly mild-mannered couple, murdered Susan's parents in the May Bank Holiday of 1998.
They buried the bodies in the garden and then spend 15 years looting their bank accounts to spend on Hollywood memorabilia, particularly autographs of movie star Gary Cooper. Their crime went undetected, until 16 years later when the couple finally issued a confession to the police via email. Susan is currently serving 25 years behind bars for killing her reclusive parents and burying them in their Blenheim Close garden.
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“They didn’t lead a particularly lavish lifestyle,” DCI Griffin said of the couple, as reported by the BBC.
"It would seem that the vast majority of their money was spent on memorabilia, on authenticated autographed items on people that they admired.
“It’s staggering to think that’s what they spent their money on. But that’s what they did.”
What else do we know about Landscapers?
The official press release for Landscapers promises that 'this blackly comic, narratively playful true-crime drama is based on extensive research, hours of interviews and direct access to the accused, who have always protested their innocence of murder.
'[As such], this is the story of a unique murder case involving four lives lived on the margins of society, that turns into an exhilarating and darkly funny exploration of love and fantasy: its power and its peril.'
Mr Thewlis said of his role in the drama, "This is, without doubt, the very finest project I have worked on for many years.
"Everything about Landscapers is magical, there is nothing like it and I’m impatient to get to work so that its brilliance can be shared with the rest of the world."
Landscaper's mini series will comprise of just four episodes and is being produced by Sky Atlantic and Now TV.
We're not sure on a release date just yet, but will be sure to keep you posted!
Lauren is deputy editor at woman&home.com in the UK and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren has worked on the woman&home brand for four years. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine. After starting out working for a local paper in Yorkshire, her journalism career took her to Bristol where she hunted out stories for national papers and magazines at Medavia news agency, before landing a job in London working as a lifestyle assistant.
Lauren loves helping people share their stories, bringing experiences to life online, honing her interview techniques with everyone from authors to celebrities, headteachers to local heroes. As well as having a good nose for a story, Lauren has a passion for the English language and years of experience optimizing digital content to reach the widest audience possible. During her time at w&h, Lauren has worked on big brand campaigns like the Amazing Women Awards and assisted in developing w&h expert-approved Buyer's Guides—the place to go if you're looking to splash out on an important purchase and want some trusted advice. In addition to her journalism career, Lauren also has a background in copywriting for prestigious brands such as Inhabit Hotel, eco-development K'in in Tulum, social enterprise The Goldfinger Factory and leading London architect Holland Harvey, using language in all its glorious forms, from detailed guidebooks to snappy social content.
A big fan of adventure, Lauren is also a keen travel writer and loves sharing tips on where to find the best places to eat, drink, and be merry off the beaten track. Lauren has written a series of travel guides for London hotels and loves sharing her insights into a destination's cultural and culinary offerings. If you need a recommendation on any UK destination, she's more than happy to help. At the weekend, you'll usually find her hanging out with her pet cat (or anyone else's pet she can get her hands on), escaping to the countryside, or devouring a good book.
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