8:30pm Sunday, December 11 on TV One
Tragic in life, tragic in death.
Five Daughters is a sensitive portrait of events surrounding the discovery of five young women tragically murdered in Ipswich, a small town on the east coast of England, in December 2006.
Made with the full co-operation of Suffolk police and other agencies involved in the case, this poignant drama portrays the women’s lives as seen through the eyes of family members and friends, as well as following the inside story of the investigation.
Tania, Gemma, Anneli, Paula and Annette were ordinary young women – friends, daughters, sisters and mothers – full of potential, until one wrong turn, one chance meeting, led them into the world of heroin and crack cocaine. Their dependency on these drugs facilitated their easy exploitation and led them to work in the sex industry.
Looking at the girls’ relationships with their families, the story explores some of the reasons for them drifting into the lives they did. It also forces us to witness the horrors of heroin addiction. The women were so desperate, they still went out on the streets even when their friends had gone missing – and were later found dead.
Following events right up to the arrest of the killer, Steven Wright, just eight weeks later, Five Daughters is both truthful and incredibly dramatic – revealing just how extraordinary these events were, for all those involved.
“A sombre and responsible yet tightly paced and suspenseful drama that makes its points without appearing issues-driven” – The Telegraph
“BBC drama at its best” – The Guardian
Missed an episode of Sunday Theatre: Five Daughters? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.