Beyond the headlines

January 30, 2020


Six-part factual drama White House Farm revolves around a night in August 1985 when five members of the same family were murdered at the titular farmhouse.

Sheila Caffell, her twin six-year-old sons Daniel and Nicholas, and her parents, Nevill and June Bamber, were all discovered dead. Police officers originally believed Sheila, who suffered with mental health problems, had murdered her family before turning the gun on herself.

But Jeremy Bamber was eventually charged and convicted of murdering his parents, sister and nephews. He remains in prison and maintains his innocence.

In this DQTV interview, stars Freddie Fox and Mark Addy discuss their roles in the series, playing Jeremy Bamber and DS Stan Jones, respectively. They talk about their own memories of the murders and how they were covered at the time by the media, and remark on how the series serves as a study of 1980s society in terms of police procedure and the support available for people suffering mental health issues.

They also discuss the weight of responsibility playing real people and Fox’s decision not to meet Jeremy Bamber.

White House Farm is produced by New Pictures for ITV and distributed by All3Media International.

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