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The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Jason Watkins at CJ Clifton Parka

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells wrote the double-page culture feature in the week’s Times Higher Education (out November 27th).

It’s a an article on the a forthcoming TV docudrama on the Christopher Jefferies/Joanna Yates controversy in which an eccentric, retired schoolmaster was arrested and falsely vilified for the murder of a Bristol-based landscape architect whose snow-covered body was found one Christmas morning.

“The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies” is a two-parter written by Peter Morgan and directed by Roger Michell. It is a high-powered combination: Morgan is acclaimed for his scripts for “The Queen”, “Frost /Nixon” and “Rush”; Michell for his stage work including the Royal Shakespeare Company and later with films such as “ Notting Hill”, “Hyde Park on Hudson”, and “Le Week-end.”

In the article Dr Howells interviews Roger Michell and together they explore the narrative and ethical issues involved in turning this real life murder into a TV drama.

It appears in print in this week’s THE as “Dramatic Restitution” and is also available on the web at:

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/culture/the-lost-honour-of-christopher-jefferies/2017129.fullarticle

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