The highly anticipated new ITV drama The Long Shadow, air date has been announced.
The new drama which explores the five year hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, otherwise known as The Yorkshire Ripper, will air on Monday 25th September at 9pm on ITV1, according to Radio Times.
The new drama will be a seven part series written by George Kay and aims to sensitively explore the lives of the victims who tragically crossed paths with Sutcliffe, as well as the police officers at the heart of the exhaustive investigation. Sutcliffe spent time in areas such as Chapeltown, Roundhay, Headingley and Farsley looking for potential victims.
Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others between 1975 and 1980.
It was filmed across Yorkshire, so we’ve listed the filming locations for ITV’s The Long Shadow. Filming took place in Yorkshire in June and July 2022.
The highly anticipated drama has an impressive cast with the likes of Toby Jones, David Morrissey, Jill Halfpenny, Lee Ingleby, Katherine Kelly and more.
The original show title was set to be The Yorkshire Ripper, but show writer George Kay revealed the reason for the title change in a recent Q&A.
“at the beginning we hadn’t learned, which we did over the time of making the show, that that moniker, that name that people use to describe Peter Sutcliffe, which obviously began before anyone knew his real name but then continued after people knew his real name, was disrespectful in many ways.”
Kay continued: “So, that was one of our lessons. We’ve been really good, I think, about being flexible and trying to learn and change and understand their stories and their opinions.
“And so, because of that, the title changed from The Yorkshire Ripper – it was a working title, but that’s what it was intended to be at the time – to The Long Shadow, which is more in tune with the story we’re trying to tell, the broader story that we’re trying to tell.