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Jake Arnott’s He Kills Coppers heads to ITV

The BBC did a reasonable job in transferring Jake Arnott’s The Long Firm to the small screen- whether ITV can do the same with the follow-up novel He Kills Coppers remains to be seen.

The cast (pictured here) includes Rafe Spall, Kelly Reilly and Maureen Lipman, all donning some period gear for the murder of said ‘copper’ in 1966 – and the aftermath involving the killer (Billy Porter), the avenging police detective (Frank Taylor) and the journalist (Tony Meehan) who becomes obsessed with the story.

A three-part tale that kicks off in 60s Soho and concludes in the Thatcherite 80s, it should be worth a look – although the words ‘ITV drama’ in the modern era doesn’t fill you with confidence. No date yet for screening, but it should be on TV before Christmas.

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  • Harry Facer

    I have heard this will feature some london Mods and thier scooters. Any clarification of this please.

  • David Walker

    The production team seems to be fishing around the Modculture forums for extras, so quite possibly.

  • Barbara Eales

    Hi I have seen the advert on ITV for this forth coming show but I would like to know exactly when it will be shown in March. They used our boat in the filming of one scene and our friends keep asking when it will be on the T.V. Hope you can help.

  • Paul

    Is this based upon Harry Roberts the murderer by any chance?

  • eddie Brady

    He Kills Coppers.
    Who sings nature boy, the theme tune to the promo?

  • Joe

    Hi, I can confirm that there are mods in this programme as I was one of them, no scooters though.

  • Neil

    He kills coppers was good stuff.Just slightly jarred by the fact that having gone out of their way to make it as accurate as possible they slipped by using a Rover 3500 S as the first car to the scene.This was nt available until 1971,although the 2000 saloon,upon which it was based was launched in the Autumn of 1963.

  • Chloe

    Paul, Nature boy, the theme tune in the promo is sung by James Brown.