Landscapers (TV series)
|Created by||Ed Sinclair|
|Written by||Ed Sinclair|
|Directed by||Will Sharpe|
|Country of origin|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Cinematography||Erik Alexander Wilson BSC|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||December 6 –|
December 27, 2021
Landscapers is a true crime miniseries, a black comedy drama written by Ed Sinclair and directed by Will Sharpe. It revolves around the true story of the 1998 murders of Nottinghamshire residents William and Patricia Wycherley.
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.
- Olivia Colman as Susan Edwards
- David Thewlis as Christopher Edwards
- Kate O'Flynn as DC Emma Lancing
- Dipo Ola as Douglas Hylton
- Daniel Rigby as DCI Tony Collier
- Samuel Anderson as DC Paul Wilkie
- Felicity Montagu as Patricia Wycherley
- David Hayman as William Wycherley
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Written by ||Original air date ||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Episode 1"||Will Sharpe||Ed Sinclair||December 6, 2021||0.112|
|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 Sharpe||Ed Sinclair||December 13, 2021||0.128|
|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 Sharpe||Ed Sinclair and Will Sharpe||December 20, 2021||0.146|
|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 Sharpe||Ed Sinclair and Will Sharpe||December 27, 2021||0.187|
|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.|
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. In October 2020, Alexander Payne exited the project due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Will Sharpe. David Thewlis was cast as Christopher Edwards in March 2021. Principal photography for the series began in March 2021 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
The series received positive reviews upon its release. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall approval rating of 97% with an average score of 8.10/10 based on 30 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". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series has a score of 79 based on 22 reviews indicating 'Generally favorable reviews'.
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