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Content Kings, Green Rock produce C5 true crime special “The Ripper Speaks”

Exclusive audio recordings of Peter Sutcliffe, also known as the “Yorkshire Ripper,” will be featured in a new documentary film on ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5. The UK broadcaster revealed plans today (May 13) ...
May 13, 2021


Exclusive audio recordings of Peter Sutcliffe, also known as the “Yorkshire Ripper,” will be featured in a new documentary film on ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5.

The UK broadcaster revealed plans today (May 13) to air the 90-minute true crime special The Ripper Speaks, produced by Content Kings and Green Rock.

The special features secretly recorded conversations between Sutcliffe and a woman named Brenda, recorded from prison in the years before he died. Channel 5 says the recordings provide valuable insights into Sutcliffe’s motivations for the violence he caused across northern England between 1969 and 1981.

In 1981, Sutcliffe was found guilty of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others. He was served 20 concurrent life sentences, and died last year after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Channel 5 says the recordings feature Sutcliffe talking openly about crimes he never formally confessed to, about how he evaded the police, and about his attempt to plead “not guilty” due to a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

Investigative journalist and ex-detective Mark Williams-Thomas spoke to Sutcliffe’s family, ex-police officers, witnesses and doctors for this special, examining the myths surrounding the killings.

This explorative film provides a view of Sutcliffe not as the mythical ‘Ripper’ who terrorized the country, but as he really was – a lonely, isolated coward – more ‘normal’ than any of us would like to admit. It’s an important look at psychopathy and misogyny, and a chance to address issues that still exist today,” said Dan Louw, vice-president, commissioning editor at Channel 5, in a release.

The film is set to air sometime later this year.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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