TV Drama Series Review White House Farm
Saturday, 15 February 2020 | Admin
TV Drama Series Review
White House Farm (15)
ITV Drama. 6 episodes. 270 mins
Biography Crime Mystery
Stars: Stephen Graham, Freddie Fox, Cressida Bonas and Mark Addy
It’s based on true Events, what happened?
The White House Farm murders took place near the village of Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, England, during the night of 6–7 August 1985. Nevill and June Bamber were shot and killed inside their farmhouse, along with their daughter, Sheila Caffell, and Sheila's six-year-old twin sons, Daniel and Nicholas Caffell.
The surviving member of the immediate family was their adopted son, Jeremy Bamber, then 24 years old, who said he had been at home a few miles away when the shooting took place.
Poor Stephen Graham, his portrayal of Welsh detective "Taff" Jones drew some criticism, with a number of pundits, including Carolyn Hitt of WalesOnline, stating that his Welsh accent was inauthentic. Some online commentators described the accent as the "worst screen accent since Dick Van Dyke"
IMDB USER Rating 7.2/10 (Episode ratings between 5.6-7.3)
Generally positive but many didn’t like it casting doubt on its authenticity and pace etc.
comments such as:
Stick with it! 8/10
Decent drama 7/10
Slow, very slow, boring, very boring 1/10
Great drama , why the moaning ? 9/10
The two main critiques apart from accents tend to be the pace and it’s adherence to the true facts of the case.
I have to agree with the first. The pace of the series is at times slow and a little disjointed. The total run time of four and a half hours is too long, four episodes and three hours would have been sufficient.
As far as it being based on fact. This is not a documentary or a docu drama, it is a drama “adaptation” and therefore, certain licence is used to tell the story. After all despite the dark storyline this is a TV drama aimed to “entertain” the viewer.
The cast though playing their parts well (accents aside) never really stood out past the horrors of the first episode. Even the Jeremy Bamber character didn’t quite pull of his sinister smarmy role and apart from an ok part by Mark Addy, the other actors and characters were quite bland and uninteresting in what was based on a dark horrible true story. Perhaps the real were not that interesting?
I liked the series, but only a couple of the episodes had you totally gripped and the final climactic episode was really anything but. There was too much of nothing really happening which dragged the whole series down.
That said it is worth a watch and just about scrapes a watchable rating from yours truly.
MGN Rating 6/10
Available to buy 17/2/20 14.99