The BBC has unveiled a series of first-look images for its upcoming four-part true crime drama, “The Sixth Commandment,” delving into the mysterious deaths of Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin in the idyllic village of Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire. The drama promises to shed light on the extraordinary events that transpired in the aftermath of these tragic incidents.
The released images offer a glimpse into the cast, featuring acclaimed actors in prominent roles. Timothy Spall portrays the late Peter Farquhar, while Anne Reid takes on the character of Ann Moore-Martin. Éanna Hardwicke embodies the role of Ben Field, a charismatic student, and Annabel Scholey plays Ann’s niece, Ann-Marie Blake. The ensemble also includes Sheila Hancock as Liz Zettl and Ben Bailey Smith as Simon Blake, contributing to a stellar lineup.
“The Sixth Commandment” intricately weaves the story of an inspirational teacher, Peter Farquhar, portrayed by Timothy Spall, and the captivating student, Ben Field, essayed by Éanna Hardwicke. Their relationship sets the stage for one of the most perplexing and elaborate criminal cases in recent memory. The drama also delves into the suspicions surrounding Field’s connection with Ann Moore-Martin, Peter’s deeply religious neighbour, played by Anne Reid, leading to a series of spine-chilling revelations.
The series delves into the manipulative tactics employed by Field, exposing the extreme gaslighting endured by both Peter and Ann. It captures the gripping police investigation and the subsequent high-profile trial while poignantly highlighting the devastating consequences of isolation and loneliness as Field tightens his grip on the victims. Moreover, the drama celebrates the lives of Peter and Ann, emphasizing their roles as beloved mentors, cherished relatives, and adored friends.
Penned by the talented Sarah Phelps, known for her work on “A Very British Scandal” and “The Pale Horse,” “The Sixth Commandment” is a joint production by Wild Mercury Productions, a Banijay UK Company, and True Vision Productions. The stellar cast boasts distinguished actors such as Timothy Spall, recognized for his performances in “Mr. Turner” and “Spencer,” Anne Reid of “Last Tango in Halifax” and “Dinnerladies” fame, Éanna Hardwicke from “Lakelands” and “Normal People,” Annabel Scholey, known for “The Split” and “The Salisbury Poisonings,” Sheila Hancock, recognized for her roles in “Unforgotten,” “A Discovery of Witches,” and “Great Canal Journeys,” Ben Bailey Smith of “The Split” and “Andor,” Conor MacNeill from “Industry,” Adrian Rawlins of “Baptiste” and “Chernobyl,” and Amanda Root, acclaimed for her work in “Summerland” and “Unforgotten.”
“The Sixth Commandment” is a collaborative effort between Wild Mercury and True Vision, with Saul Dibb, renowned for directing “The Salisbury Poisonings” and “NW,” at the helm. Frances du Pille, known for her work on “The Outlaws” and “The Watch,” serves as the producer. The executive producers are Sarah Phelps, Saul Dibb, and Derek Wax for Wild Mercury Productions, Brian Woods for True Vision Productions, and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Banijay Rights is handling international distribution for the series.
“The Sixth Commandment” has been developed in close cooperation with the families of Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin and is set to air soon on BBC One and iPlayer, offering audiences a compelling journey into a complex true crime tale.