Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

New drama on 'wrongly-accused hero'

Jason Watkins will play Christopher Jefferies in The Lost Honour

Oscar-nominated writer Peter Morgan said his ne w drama about the man wrongly linked to the murder of Joanna Yeates is the story of "a very British kind of hero".

The Lost Honour is based on the story of retired teacher Christopher Jefferies, who was arrested when Ms Yeates, who rented a flat from him, was found dead on Christmas Day 2010.

He was questioned for two days before being bailed and faced a barrage of press attention before Dutch national Vincent Tabak, who lived next door to Ms Yeates in Bristol, was jailed for life in October 2011 for her murder.

Morgan, the writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, said: "No one will ever forget the man with the eccentric hair who became so connected with the murder of Joanna Yeates. I want to make sure that no one forgets the same man who was acquitted, and who fought back to clear his name, and became a very British kind of hero."

He h as teamed up with director Roger Michell, who was taught by Mr Jefferies, for the two-part ITV drama which started filming yesterday in Bristol.

Mr Jefferies will be played by Being Human star Jason Watkins.

Mr Michell said: "Peter Morgan has written a vivid and ultimately uplifting account of a man who was wrongly accused and found himself at the centre of a media storm. It's a story that celebrates our right to be eccentric, and it also, as it happens, is the story of a rather brilliant man who was once my English teacher."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

A home improvement project will appeal to your love of problem solving. You'll enjoy finding good materials at a decent price. If you're not sure how to tackle a job, check out an illustrated manual or online guide that will make a seemingly complicated task very easy. Organising a family get together could be in the cards. Start looking for a facility where you can gather together without lots of trouble. This venue doesn't have to be luxurious, just well located.More