Code of a Killer

Posted by ac555 at Mar 31, 2015 01:05 PM |
New two-part ITV fictional drama based on the discovery of DNA fingerprinting at the University of Leicester

In October 2014, a film crew from ITV descended onto campus for a two-day shoot for a new drama, Code of a Killer. The fictional drama, based on the first criminal case to be solved using DNA fingerprinting - a technique developed by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester 30 years ago - stars Doctor Who actor John Simm as Sir Alec and Shameless actor David Threlfall as Detective David Baker who first approached Sir Alec about his technique.

Both Sir Alec and David were instrumental in the series, with Sir Alec even having a walk-on role; Dr Ed Hollox, Lecturer in Genetics at the University acted as Scientific Advisor to the film crew and 100 students appeared as student extras in lecture theatre scenes.

The first episode of the much-anticipated series is set to air on Monday 6 April, ITV1, 9-10.30pm and the second one the following week.

See below for more information about the show:

Code of a Killer poster

About the show

ITV drama set at the University to air over Easter

Press release

Episode 1 synopsis

Episode 2 synopsis

Cast and Crew

New ITV drama based on DNA fingerprinting discovery

DNA fingerprinting drama casts role of Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys

John Simm and David Threlfall

Interviews with the cast and crew

John Simm is Dr Alec Jeffreys

David Threlfall is DCS David Baker

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys

Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker

Simon Heath, Executive Producer

Foreword by Writer Michael Crompton

A message from the Director

Code of a Killer set

About the filming on campus

Code of a Killer filmed on campus

Image gallery


About the science

A beginner's guide to DNA fingerprinting

25 years of DNA fingerprinting

Inventor of DNA fingerprinting reflects on career highlights

Find out more about Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys

DNA fingerprinting today, and its future



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