Is Olivia Coleman’s New Series a True Story?


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  • Olivia Coleman stars in Landscapers, a new series based on a true story and available to watch this week.

    Directed by Will Sharpe (Flowers and The darkest universe), created and written by Coleman’s husband Ed Sinclair, the star-studded series follows the case of a double murder committed in 1998 – and not discovered for 15 years.

    For lovers of real crimes who loved Impeachment: American Crime Story Where Undeniable, this show is definitely a must see as it is full of bizarre events and intrigue. So what’s the story behind Landscapers? And how can you watch it in UK?

    Are landscapers a true story?

    Yes, for the most part Landscapers is a true story.

    The television series tells the story of Susan and Christopher Edwards, who murdered and buried Susan’s parents – William and Patricia Wycherley – in the back garden of their Nottingham home in 1998.

    It was a crime that went undiscovered for a decade as Susan and Christopher claimed the parents were still alive. They wrote letters to friends, Christmas cards to family, and forged signatures on official documents. Over a period of 15 years, they used the identities of William and Patricia to hijack benefits and take out loans totaling £ 285,286.

    The couple spent much of the money on Hollywood memorabilia, especially photographs of star Gary Cooper, as they were “obsessed” with 1930s and 1950s cinema.

    DCI Griffin, who worked on the case, told the BBC the couple did not lead a “lavish lifestyle” in particular.

    “It would appear that the vast majority of their money was spent on souvenirs, authenticated autographed items of people they admired,” he said.

    In 2012, Susan and Christopher began to think the police were on their crime. The Department for Work and Pensions had demanded to see William Wycherley, believed to be 100, in person. The couple therefore fled to France. But after spending over £ 250,000 in a year, they had a euro under their belt.

    They announced a plan to surrender and authorities arrested them at St Pancras station on their return to the UK.

    David Thewlis and Olivia Coleman in Landscapers, Credit: Alamy

    Susan and Christopher admitted the lesser crime of manslaughter. But, in 2014, Nottingham Crown Court found the couple guilty of murder and sentenced them to 25 years in prison.

    Speaking of the plot of Landscapers, Olivia Coleman said, “This is a couple, the Edwards, who we know from the start have committed a crime. They committed murder. So you automatically go: “Bad! Oh, awful people! ‘ But then you think about it more and you see that they are two sweet people, very devoted to each other and in love.

    “You don’t know what happened that night [when Susan’s parents were murdered]. But the fact that there is historical abuse, that she was abused by her father: it does something for a person.

    Where are Susan and Christopher Edwards now?

    The two Susan and Christopher Edwards are in prison. They have already served seven years of their 25-year sentence.

    They are in undisclosed prisons in the UK.

    The judge told the couple upon conviction, “You are in your late fifties. You will spend most, if not all, of the rest of your life in prison. I admit that the prison has been very difficult for both of you. Susan Edwards, I accept that you are particularly isolated and will remain so throughout your sentence.

    Olivia Coleman and David Thewlis, who play the TV series Susan and Christopher Landscapers, based on a true story

    Olivia Coleman and David Thewlis at the UK premiere of Landscapers, Credit: Alamy

    Susan’s lawyers appealed her conviction shortly after the prosecution. His lawyers argued that the sentence was “too long” and that the evidence of the mistreatment of his father was not given due consideration in the initial trial. However, a judge rejected it.

    Christopher’s lawyers have also appealed his conviction. It was also a failure.

    Where to watch landscapers in the UK

    Landscapers premieres on Sky Atlantic and NOW on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

    To watch the series on NOW, you must subscribe to a subscription. Starting with a 30-day free trial, you will have one month to use the platform before you have to pay. You can also cancel at any time.

    It’s also available in the US starting Monday, December 6 on HBO Max.