Feature-length ITV drama thriller based on the book by Kate Summerscale about a real-life murder in a Victorian country house. Paddy Considine stars as Jonathan Whicher, the Scotland Yard detective who is called in to investigate after the three-year-old son of a wealthy Home Counties couple is found dead in the grounds of their home.
On the morning of 30th June 1860 the body of three-year-old Saville Kent is found brutally murdered and hidden down a servants’ privy in the grounds of the elegant Road Hill House on the edge of a sleepy Somerset village. As the local police struggle to solve the crime the case becomes a national scandal and on the orders of the Home Secretary Inspector Jonathan Jack Whicher the so-called Prince of Sleuths from the newly formed Scotland Yard detective department is despatched to the countryside to identify the killer and restore order but this case is to prove the most difficult of his career. Behind the seemingly respectable middle-class faade of the Kent family Whicher discovers adultery insanity and jealousy in a world populated by gossiping servants a wicked stepmother and rebellious children. With the local police actively working against him it’s a struggle for Whicher to find the evidence and nail the culprit. Adapted from Kate Summerscale’s best-selling book this gripping true story of murder psychological suspense and courtroom drama has all the hallmarks of a classic Victorian murder mystery: a body a detective and a country house full of secrets and suspects.