Channel 4 has announced the cast joining Niamh Algar (The Virtues, Raised by Wolves, Calm with Horses) in Deceit a gripping 4x60’ drama produced by Story Films and written by Emilia di Girolamo (The Tunnel). The series examines the controversial honeytrap at the heart of the high-pressure investigation into the devastating murder of Rachel Nickell in 1992.
Examining the complicated and toxic sexual politics of the early ‘90s and the police’s obsession with the wrong man, Deceit enters a dysfunctional world, where a female undercover officer, codename ‘Lizzie James’, is asked to become sexual bait for a suspected killer.
Five months on from the crime, The Met Police are still no closer to capturing the man they’re convinced is responsible. First identified through a BBC Crimewatch appeal, the evidence points to Colin Stagg (Sion Daniel Young – Keeping Faith, Doc Martin).
With access to previously unheard audio, video and written materials, Deceit includes scenes of verbatim dialogue as part of a ﬁctionalised retelling of events, taking viewers behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most ﬂawed and controversial police investigations.
Caroline Hollick, Head of Channel 4 Drama says, “I couldn’t think of a more phenomenally talented ensemble than Eddie, Harry, Sion, Nathaniel and Rochenda to join Niamh Algar, who is fast becoming an iconic star of the Channel, in order to shine a light on one of the most shocking stories in modern policing. The unique female perspective of Emilia’s extraordinary scripts, alongside the stellar performances of our cast, combined with Story Films’ trademark journalistic rigor create a truly sensitive, nuanced and incredibly powerful 4-part drama that we are incredibly proud of.”