London Road

Synopsis: London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.
Director(s): Rufus Norris
Production: BBC Worldwide North America
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

I don't want girls...

erm... doing what they did in the streets.

And they weren't just...

getting in people's cars.

They were doing it in the alleyways

and everything else.

They certainly weren't angels.

Lots of them talking about them

being lovely girls and everything,

but in all our experience

they were... foul-mouthed slags

who'd stab you as quick as...

- That's an exaggeration.

- It's a slight exaggeration.

They did pester you.

They'd rob you

as much as anything else.


No, because people,

kerb crawlers,

sort of upset people's children, you know.

Daughters and things.

And then there's the girls.

I mean, you coming back from football

and things like that.

He was always being sort

of propositioned, you know. Sort of.

Poor old sod!

It's been like this for years,

but I don't want my children to see that.

We all wanted to move.

We didn't want to be here.

Then these girls...

just going missing

and... and being found

the way they... they were found.

It was a complete nightmare.

It's the most wonderful time

Oh, the most wonderful time


the most wonderful time

Of the year

Everyone is very, very nervous... erm

And very unsure of everything


The most wonderful time...

Everyone is very, very nervous... erm

And very unsure of everything


There was a LOT of fear

from a LOT of people.

I think it's the biggest thing

that's ever... ever happened in Ipswich.

It's... erm...

Definitely changed the mood

It's quite a...

It's quite an unpleasant feeling because

You find that I'm walking through thinking

"Well, is it him? Is it him?"

Yeah, I think it's put Ipswich

On the map

For the wrong reasons, unfortunately

It's the most wonderful time...

Everyone's very, very nervous... erm

Erm, we're not actually selling

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Alecky Blythe

Alecky Blythe is a British playwright and screenwriter. She has written several plays, including the acclaimed 2011 musical London Road.Her first play Come Out Eli won a Time Out Award. The Girlfriend Experience premiered at the Royal Court and then transferred to the Young Vic in 2009. Do We Look Like Refugees? won a Fringe First Award at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. London Road opened at the National Theatre-Cottesloe in 2011 to widespread acclaim. It was named Best Musical at the Critics' Circle Awards and transferred to the National's larger Olivier stage in 2012. Her newest play Have I Been All My Life? opened at the New Vic Theatre in April 2012. In other work, Blythe took part in Headlong Theatre's production of Decade at St Katherine's Docks. She wrote and co-directed a BBC2 documentary on the London riots. She is also working on a film script. Blythe is best known for her pioneering work in verbatim theatre. Her theatre company Recorded Delivery was set up in 2003 to advance this branch of theatre. more…

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