New ITV drama based on DNA fingerprinting discovery

Posted by pt91 at Jun 30, 2014 10:18 AM |
Code of a Killer tells the story of the first major UK case that was solved using DNA profiling
New ITV drama based on DNA fingerprinting discovery

Credit: Anita Corbin and John O'Grady, Copyright British Council 1989

A new fictional drama based on the first ever application of DNA fingerprinting to solve a murder enquiry is to be filmed in Leicester and the Greater London area this autumn.

ITV has commissioned Line of Duty producer World Productions to make Code of a Killer, a two-part DNA-based crime thriller which tells the story of the first major UK case that was solved using DNA profiling.

Written by Michael Crompton (Kidnap & Ransom), Code of a Killer will be directed by James Strong (Broadchurch). Shameless star David Threlfall, who played Tommy Cooper in the recent biopic of the late comedian, will star as DCS David Baker.

The part of genetic fingerprinting pioneer Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, who discovered the revolutionary technique 30 years ago,  has not been cast as yet.

The writer, director and producer have already met with Sir Alec and visited the campus.  Part of the campus of the 1980s will be recreated for the purpose of the drama.

Shooting is planned from the end of September until mid-November. Producer Priscilla Parish said: “Code of a Killer tells the extraordinary true story of Sir Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA fingerprinting at Leicester University and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker of the Leicestershire Constabulary in catching a double murderer. The case pioneered a worldwide transformation in forensics.”

Professor Julian Ketley, Head of the Department of Genetics, said: “We are very pleased that the story surrounding Alec’s groundbreaking research is now being dramatized, with the Department of Genetics central to his story. We are all looking forward to watching the drama on ITV next year, and seeing our workplace in the limelight".

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