Landscapers (TV series)

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Landscapers
Genre
Created byEd Sinclair
Written byEd Sinclair
Directed byWill Sharpe
Starring
Country of origin
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4
Production
Executive producers
ProducerKatie Carpenter
CinematographyErik Alexander Wilson BSC
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Original releaseDecember 6 (2021-12-06) –
December 27, 2021 (2021-12-27)

Landscapers is a true crime black comedy-drama drama miniseries created and written by Ed Sinclair, and directed by Will Sharpe. The series is based on the true story of the 1998 murders of William and Patricia Wycherley and stars Olivia Colman and David Thewlis as Susan and Christopher Edwards, the couple behind the murders, as their decade-old crimes are uncovered in 2012.

Premise

Inspired by real events, Landscapers tells the story of mild-mannered Susan and her husband, and how they 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 a decade.

Cast

Main

Episodes

No.TitleDirected by [1]Written by [2]Original air date [3]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Episode 1"Will SharpeEd SinclairDecember 6, 2021 (2021-12-06)0.112[4]
After living in France with his wife Susan for the last 15 years, Christopher Edwards places a desperate call to his stepmother back in England for financial help. But when she relays the details of their conversation to the police, a resulting double homicide investigation quickly builds steam, and the couple’s carefully reconstructed lives are suddenly placed at risk.
2"Episode 2"Will SharpeEd SinclairDecember 13, 2021 (2021-12-13)0.128[5]
Shortly after turning themselves over to the Nottinghamshire Police, Susan and Christopher are thrown into separate holding cells, where their statements are picked apart by detectives Emma Lancing and Paul Wilkie. As the past comes back to haunt her, disconcerting details from Chris’ interview make their way to Susan, and a painful secret is revealed.
3"Episode 3"Will SharpeEd Sinclair and Will SharpeDecember 20, 2021 (2021-12-20)0.146[6]
As they narrow in on the likeliest scenarios from that tragic night, Lancing and Wilkie’s focus shifts to Christopher’s past. While they exploit his recurring tendency to go too far for those he loves, the couple’s relationship with Susan’s parents comes under the spotlight. Then, Lancing and Wilkie have a breakthrough that calls the couple’s shared reality into question.
4"Episode 4"Will SharpeEd Sinclair and Will SharpeDecember 27, 2021 (2021-12-27)0.187[7]
With their trial underway, Susan and Christopher each take the stand for a final chance to prove their version of that fatal night in the Wycherley home. Truth and fantasy clash as old doubts and new regrets test the limits of their love, before the couple faces their greatest threat yet: the imminent possibility of being separated forever.

Production

In December 2019, HBO and Sky announced they had given a series order to Landscapers, a true-crime miniseries written by Ed Sinclair and originally intended to be directed and executive produced by Alexander Payne, with Olivia Colman attached to star; Sinclair had created and wrote the series with Colman in mind for the part of Susan Edwards.[2][8]

In October 2020, Alexander Payne exited the project due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Will Sharpe.[9] David Thewlis was cast as Christopher Edwards in March 2021.[1] Principal photography for the series began in March 2021 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.[10]

The series features a flashback scene; although both Colman and Thewlis are intended to be much younger in the scene, no visual effects or specific makeup were used, with Thewlis commenting "We just put wigs on."[11]

Both Colman and Thewlis stated that they did not doubt the culpability of the Edwards in the murder, but that series was intended to create empathy and an understanding for the couple, with Thewlis stating "what we’re asking the audience to decide is not whether they're guilty, because they clearly are, but whether they deserve sympathy" and Colman stating "you do find yourself going, 'God, I wonder, had I had that set of circumstances, what would I do? They’re gentle, meek people. What on earth made them do it?"[8][11]

Reception

The series received positive reviews upon its release, particularly for the two leads performances. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall approval rating of 98% with an average score of 8.10/10 based on 46 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Landscapers layers enigmatic style onto an already unbelievable true story with varying results, but Olivia Colman and David Thewlis ground the absurdity with outstanding performances".[12] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series has a score of 79 based on 22 reviews indicating 'Generally favourable reviews'.[13]

In the United Kingdom, the series averaged 1.52 million viewers, aired on SkyAtlantic.

References

  1. ^ a b Kanter, Jake (23 March 2021). "'Landscapers': David Thewlis Joins Olivia Colman In HBO/Sky Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 23 March 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b White, Peter (20 December 2019). "'The Crown's Olivia Colman To Star In HBO & Sky Crime Drama 'Landscapers' From Director Alexander Payne & 'Chernobyl' Producer Sister". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 20 December 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z – Landscapers on HBO". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (8 December 2021). "Showbuzz Daily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.6.2021 Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (14 December 2021). "Showbuzz Daily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.13.2021 Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (21 December 2021). "Showbuzz Daily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.20.2021 Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (29 December 2021). "Showbuzz Daily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.27.2021 Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  8. ^ a b Radish, Christina (27 December 2021). "Olivia Colman on 'Landscapers,' the Stranger Than Fiction True Story, and Paul King's 'Wonka'". Collider. Retrieved 15 February 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ White, Peter (9 October 2020). "'Giri/Haji's Will Sharpe To Direct Olivia Colman HBO/Sky Drama 'Landscapers', Replacing Alexander Payne". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 9 October 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  10. ^ Topping, Andrew (1 April 2021). "TV crews spotted in Mansfield as filming begins on Olivia Colman's new Landscapers murder drama". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  11. ^ a b Williams, Zoe (7 December 2021). "David Thewlis on new show Landscapers and the misogyny of Naked: 'I find it much tougher to watch today'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Landscapers: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Landscapers: Season 1". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 8 December 2021. Retrieved 8 December 2021.

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