DNA fingerprinting drama casts role of Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys

Posted by pt91 at Sep 29, 2014 03:25 PM |
Actor to portray DNA pioneer announced as John Simm
DNA fingerprinting drama casts role of Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys

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

A fictional drama based on the first major UK case that was solved using DNA profiling has announced John Simm as the actor to portray DNA fingerprinting inventor Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys.

He joins co-star David Threlfall, previously announced for the role of Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker who headed the investigation between 1983 and 1987.

Familiar to many for his role as Doctor Who’s arch-villain The Master opposite David Tennant, John Simm’s most recent appearances include ITV’s crime thriller Prey, Sky’s Mad Dogs and the BBC drama The Village.

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.

Code of a Killer has been written by Michael Crompton (Kidnap & Ransom) with the full knowledge and input of retired Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and former Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker.

The drama will be directed by James Strong (Broadchurch, United), produced by Priscilla Parish (Line of Duty) and executive produced by Simon Heath (Line of Duty, The Great Train Robbery). Filming will take place in Leicester and London this autumn.

Commented Simon Heath: “Code of a Killer is a testament to the pioneering science of Alec Jeffreys and the foresight and determination of David Baker. Together they brought justice for two grieving families and changed the course of criminal investigation forever.”

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. Dr Ed Hollox from the Department has been advising the production company on the science and equipment that was used by Alec. We are all looking forward to watching the drama on ITV next year, and seeing our workplace in the limelight."

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