ITV announce 'eye-watering' Yorkshire Ripper drama tracking hunt for Peter Sutcliffe from writers of Killing Eve

ITV has announced an 'eye-watering' Yorkshire Ripper drama tracking the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe from the writers of Killing Eve.

The channel had huge success with recent drama Des – about serial killer Dennis Nilsen – and now it wants to capitalise on that with a new six-episode series.

The drama will be based on Michael Bilton's book Wicked Beyond Belief: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, and Killing Eve's George Kay has developed the scripts.

George said: "In a story full with eye-watering statistics, one for me has always stood out: Peter Sutcliffe rendered 23 children motherless.

"That one fact in itself demands that any definitive drama about this case should encompass far more than just the story of a police investigation.

"We will focus not just on the police, therefore, but the victims, their families, those who were attacked but not believed, those who whose lives were permanently changed.


"This is not the story of a Ripper who hailed from Yorkshire, but the story of how Yorkshire was ripped apart."

ITV head of drama Polly Hill added: "This promises to be a definitive look at this infamous case, and will be sensitively dramatised for ITV by this formidable team, who have a proven track record in bringing these true stories to screen."

A manhunt to find Peter Sutcliffe was conducted by police between October 1975 and January 1981 before he was eventually convicted of murdering 13 women.

He also attempted to kill seven others, and is serving 20 concurrent life sentences at HMP Frankland.

The killer, now 74, targeted women and girls in residential areas of West Yorkshire before shifting his focus to red light districts and vulnerable prostitutes.

He was arrested in January 1981 for driving with false number plates and when questioned about the murders, he confessed and said the voice of God had told him to do it.

Casting details for the new drama are yet to be confirmed.

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