08 January 2020 22:34
Based on a true story, ITV's new factual drama White House Farm introduces us to Jeremy Bamber (played by Freddie Fox), whose family is murdered inside their Essex farmhouse in August 1985. Following the fateful night, one policeman (played by Game of Thrones' Mark Addy) will stop at nothing to discover what really happened at White House Farm. Jeremy Bamber is a young man who lives a few miles away from the family farmhouse, White House Farm, and caravan park owned by his adoptive and religious parents, Nevill and June. One fateful night in August 1985, the police receive a frantic phone call from him, claiming that he's just heard from his father that his adoptive sister, Sheila, has gone 'berserk' – and that she has a gun. Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Freddie Fox revealed that he had initially thought about approaching the real-life Jeremy Bamber when he was cast in the "enigmatic" role, but changed his mind.
Asked about his character, Fox added: "The Jeremy Bamber that I play is, I think, at least initially, charming and certainly something that draws you towards him, something you can't quite place. Fox recently played sweet-tempered Wilbur Strauss in the mini-series Year of the Rabbit, played a lead role in Russell T Davies' Channel 4 series Cucumber and has starred in various films including The Three Musketeers, Victor Frankenstein, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Mark Addy plays DS Stan Jones DS Stan Jones is called to a crime scene in a sleepy Essex village, where five members of the same family have been shot dead inside the family farmhouse. Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Mark Addy joked about the physical dissimilarity between himself and the real-life Stan Jones. Mark Stanley plays Colin Caffell Father to twin six-year-old boys, Nicholas and Daniel, Colin worries about his ex-wife, Sheila, who is being treated for schizophrenia.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Mark Stanley revealed that he had spoken to the real-life Colin Caffell while researching the character. Ann is cousin to Sheila and Jeremy, and lives close to their parents' farmhouse. "I think Ann knew that Sheila wasn't capable of doing something like this," Gemma Whelan told RadioTimes.com. When Thomas 'Taff' Jones arrives on the scene following a suspected murder-suicide in an Essex farmhouse, he's under pressure from high-ups and the press, and is quick to discount any suggestion that the case isn't as straightforward as it appears. Calder is set to play Tessa is the upcoming Channel 4 drama series Deadwater Fell, and has previously starred in Outlander and Fight the Good Fight. Nicholas Farrell plays Nevill Bamber Amanda Burton plays June Bamber The six-part drama White House Farm starts on Wednesday 8th January at 9pm on ITV Filming locations for the ITV drama based on Jeremy Bamber's murders White House Farm aims to give a "fascinating insight" into how the tragedy five people, all related, were gunned down in Essex (Photo: ITV) A new six-part factual drama starring Stephen Graham aims to give a "fascinating insight" into the tragic circumstances that led to five people, all related, being gunned down in Essex. ITV's White House Farm tells the story of how the murders of the same name unfolded, and how killer Jeremy Bamber was brought to justice. The victims included parents Nevill and June Bamber, their adoptive daughter, Sheila Caffell, and her two sons, Daniel and Nicholas. Sheila, who was schizophrenic, was initially the main suspect - police believed she had committed the murders before killing herself. Weeks later, however, they found a new lead and Sheila's adoptive brother, Jeremy Bamber, was arrested in connection to the killings. Bamber was convicted of the murders in October 1986, with the jury concluding that he had staged the scene to make it look like Sheila had killed her family in order to pocket a large inheritance. The majority of the drama is set in Essex at White House Farm itself and the small village of Tolleshunt D'Arcy where the murders took place, but was the series actually filmed there? ITV later confirmed the filming was indeed for White House Farm. Camera crews were also seen filming outside Bourtree Cottage in Goldhanger, where Jeremy Bamber lived at the time of the murders. Freddie Fox - who plays Bamber - was seen on set, with hearses and other cars suggesting the filming of a funeral scene. One of the biggest draws of the series is Stephen Graham, the Liverpudlian actor who recently starred in Scorsese film The Irishman. Jeremy Bamber will be played by Freddie Fox (Year of the Rabbit), while DS Stan Jones, the first officer to raise doubts about Sheila's part in the killings, will be played by Game of Thrones star Mark Addy. Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Gemma Whelan (Gentleman Jack), Alexa Davies (Dead Pixels), Cressida Bonas (The Bye Bye Man), Mark Stanley (Sanditon), Nicholas Farrell (Thirteen), and Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road) also star. The new White House Farm drama series on ITV features the true story of the murders of the Bamber family at their rural Essex farmhouse. The horrific killings, which included two six-year-old boys, are now the subject of a factual drama on ITV which aims to provide "fascinating insight" into how the incident unfolded. The story begins with officers discovering the bodies of 61-year-olds, Nevill and June Bamber, daughter Sheila, and her twin boys Daniel and Nicholas. It soon became clear that the police were beginning to doubt the innocence of Nevill and June's adopted son Jeremy Bamber who had called the police himself to report the murders. What happened in the White House Farm murders? ITV's six-part factual drama, White House Farm, revolves around one fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse. During the late hours of August 6, and the early hours of the following morning, Sheila Caffell, her twin six-year-old sons, Daniel and Nicholas, and her parents, Nevill and June Bamber, were all murdered in their family home. The new ITV series will seek to provide fresh insight into this family tragedy and the contested accounts of the events that took place at White House Farm. The only surviving member of June and Nevill's immediate family was their adopted son, Bamber, then 24 years old, who said he had been at home a few miles away when the shooting took place. Bamber claimed that he had received a call from his frightened father on the night of the murders, during which Nevill supposedly told him to fetch help as Sheila had gone "beserk" and had in her possession a gun. The police initially believed the story that Sheila had killed her sons and parents before dying by suicide, with many crime scene details pointing towards that conclusion. Because the police were so certain that Sheila had committed the murders, the initial investigation was done badly with many details being missed. But the truth eventually broke that Jeremy had savagely murdered his adoptive parents, Nevill and June Bamber, his adopted sister Sheila Caffell and her six-year-old twin sons Daniel and Nicholas - with his father's gun. It will be based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts including, 'The Murders at White House Farm' by Carol Ann Lee with additional material from 'In Search of The Rainbow's End' by Colin Caffell, husband of Sheila and father to Daniel and Nicholas Caffell. Essex Police initially believed that Sheila, who had mental health problems, had murdered her own family before turning the gun on herself. But detective sergeant Stan Jones had doubts about the murder-suicide theory, and about Sheila's brother Jeremy Bamber, who first called the police to the farm. Eventually it was Jeremy Bamber who was charged and convicted of the murders of his own parents, sister and nephews. Jeremy Nevill Bamber, born January 13 1961, is an English convicted mass murderer. He was found guilty in October 1986 of the murders of his parents, his sister and her six-year-old twin sons. The shooting of the family - which took place 35 years ago - in the parents' farmhouse in Essex, came to be known as the White House Farm murders. During his trial the prosecution was able to persuade the jury that, after committing the murders to secure a large inheritance, Bamber had placed the gun in the hands of his 28-year-old sister, to make the scene appear to be a murder suicide. Who stars in White House Farm Convicted killer Jeremy Bamber will be played by Freddie Fox who is best known for his role in the Year of the Rabbit. The series also stars Game of Thrones actor Mark Addy and The Irishman actor Stephen Graham as detectives looking into the case. Mark Addy takes the role of DS Stan Jones, the police officer who first doubted Sheila's part in the murders. Gemma Whelan from Gentleman Jack and Mark Stanley from Sanditon will also feature in the series. Alexa Davies, Cressida Bonas, Alfie Allen, Amanda Burton and Nicholas Farrell are all included in the cast as well. When is White House Farm on TV? The first episode of the White House Farm six part series will air on Wednesday, January 8, at 9pm on ITV. ITV's dramatisation of the story is written by Kris Mrksa (The Slap) and Giula Sandler, with cooperation from Colin Caffell, whose wife and twin sons were killed in the murders.