Entertainment Olivia Colman's true crime drama Landscapers: Everything you need to know

13:45  22 july  2021
13:45  22 july  2021 Source:   goodhousekeeping.com

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Oscar winner Olivia Colman is teaming up with her husband of 18 years - new screenwriter Ed Sinclair - to produce and star in four-part series Landscapers for HBO, Sky Atlantic, and Now TV. The British 45-year-old will portray celebrity-obsessed woman Susan Edwards who, with husband Christopher, murdered her parents in 1998 and stole £245K from their savings account over 15 years. The title ' Landscapers ' refers to the fact that William and Patricia Wycherley, aged 86 and 63, were buried in their own back garden in Mansfield.

Olivia Colman who is smiling and looking at the camera: Olivia Colman will lead HBO series Landscapers, based on the murder of Patricia and William Wycherley by their daughter Susan and her partner Christopher. © Getty Olivia Colman will lead HBO series Landscapers, based on the murder of Patricia and William Wycherley by their daughter Susan and her partner Christopher.

Olivia Colman will lead HBO and Sky Limited's series Landscapers, about a couple who become the centre of a police investigation when two bodies are discovered in their garden.

The crime drama is inspired by a true events, chronicling the killing of Patricia and William Wycherley, shot dead by their daughter and son-in-law Susan and Christopher Edwards.

The couple gradually siphoned off the entirety of the Wycherleys' savings, pensions, and disability benefits to spend on Hollywood memorabilia, such as signed autographs of Golden Age stars.

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Starring award-winning actor Olivia Colman , Landscapers is tipped as an “exhilarating” and “darkly funny” true - crime series heading to Sky One. Inspired by real-life events, the four-part series will detail the ‘Mansfield Murders’, where convicted killers Susan (played by Colman ) and Christopher (David Thewlis) murdered her parents and buried them in their backyard in 1998. The horrific crime went unsolved for more than a decade and the true - crime drama is expected to explore how the “mild-mannered couple” became murderers. Here’ s everything we know about Landscapers .

The true crime drama will air on Sky. Fresh off her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, Olivia Colman has been cast as the lead in new Sky original drama , Landscapers . The four-part limited series, which is made in conjunction with US network HBO, will be directed by Oscar winner Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Sideways) and is written by Colman ' s husband Ed Sinclair.

A press release from HBO reads: "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."

What is Landscapers about?

The true crime drama focuses on the murder of Patricia and William Wycherley, who for 15 years, lay buried under their own lawn in a quiet cul-de-sac in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in 1998.

The couple were killed by their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Christopher Edwards, who used hundreds of thousands of their savings, pensions and disability benefits to purchase Hollywood souvenirs, including autographs of movie star Gary Cooper.

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The Crown’s Olivia Colman is to star in Alexander Payne-directed crime drama Landscapers for HBO and Sky. Landscapers is produced by Chernobyl producer Sister and is the first television screenplay from Ed Sinclair, Colman ’ s husband. It is being co-produced by South of the River Pictures, the new production company established by Colman and Sinclair, as revealed by Deadline. The four-part series is the latest co-production between WarnerMedia’s premium network HBO and Comcast-backed Sky following the success of the nuclear disaster drama Chernobyl, which won ten Emmys in September.

“‘ Landscapers ’ is a fascinating ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ tale. We’re thrilled to have Olivia , Ed and Alexander on board, and to be back in business with Sister and Sky,” HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said in a statement on Friday. Also Read: Uzo Aduba Joins HBO Max' s Lupita Nyong'o-Led 'Americanah' Limited Series. Jane Featherstone and Chris Fry executive produce for Sister, while Colman and Sinclair Ep for South of the River Pictures. Katie Carpenter produces. Here is the official description, per HBO

According to police, few pictures have been traced of Mr Wycherley while none have been found of his wife, Patricia, and the pair were said to have lived a reclusive life.

Olivia Colman holding a sign posing for the camera: Olivia Colman will play Susan Edwards © Getty Images Olivia Colman will play Susan Edwards

After a trial at Nottingham Crown Court in June 2014, both Susan and Christopher were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 25 years. The judge accepted that Susan had been sexually abused by her father as a child.

The series will feature the protagonists casting themselves as Hollywood heroes in storylines of their invention, powered by Susan's imagination.

On the crime being adapted into a TV drama, Chief Supt Rob Griffin of the East Midlands major crime unit told the Nottingham Post: "I have mixed emotions about the programme being made. It involves victims who have a family and people’s lives have been changed forever because of this.

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HBO and the UK’ s Sky are teaming up for Landscapers , a four-part miniseries inspired by real events and exploring the the lives of convicted killers Susan (to be played by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner/The Crown star Olivia Colman ) and Christopher Edwards. Described as a “blackly comic, narratively playful true crime drama ,” as directed by Oscar winner Alexander Payne (Sideways), Landscapers will ask how this devoted and mild-mannered couple came to kill Susan’ s parents and bury them in the back garden of their Mansfield home, in a crime that remained undiscovered for over

Olivia Colman is set to star in a new true crime drama , Landscapers . We’re so ready. The beloved actress, who’ s had an epic year after winning an Oscar for her role in The Favourite, is going back to her roots with the new Sky and HBO series. She’ s set to play convicted serial killer Susan Edwards, with the four-part series exploring how the character and her husband came to kill The 45-year-old Oscar winner was honoured with the award under her real name Sarah Sinclair, by Queen Anne. She’ s also known for her work on the likes of Broadchurch and Fleabag. Landscapers will begin filming in 2020.

"Having said that, I understand why people want to hear about this case. It’s a unique story and I will be interested to see how it plays out on television."

Landscapers: The Cast

Oscar-winner Olivia Colman will play Susan while Harry Potter and Fargo star David Thewlis is playing husband Christopher. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced.

David Thewlis wearing a suit and tie © Steve Blackburn - Getty Images david thewlis

Giri/Haji actor Will Sharpe is directing.

Landscapers: When will it air?

There's no official release date just yet, but it's expected to air towards the end of the year or early 2022.

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