The True Story Behind Landscapers: A Real-Life Crime Drama

Undoubtedly, Landscapers, the new HBO limited series starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis, is based on real events. Susan and Christopher Edwards were a quiet couple who spent all their time together in their flat in London's East End, and all their money in signed memorabilia from Hollywood and World War II. In May 1998, Susan's parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, disappeared from their townhouse in Forest Town, Mansfield. Fifteen years later, Christopher called his stepmother from France and confessed that the couple had buried Susan's parents in their own backyard more than a decade earlier.

Inspired by true events, Landscapers tells the story of polite Susan and her husband, and how they came to kill Susan's parents and bury them in the back garden of their home in Mansfield. The program notes explain that the series is based on extensive investigation and hours of interviews with “direct access to the defendants, who have always protested their innocence of murder”. As depicted in Landscapers, Susan felt that her parents had stolen an inheritance she had left to her grandmother, which her parents had used to buy an old house and sell it for a profit after she had signed her rights. The Oscar-winning actress has two big hits launching this month with Landscapers airing weekly on HBO and The Lost Daughter en route on Netflix.

It's the true story behind a new drama called Landscapers, by Olivia Colman and her husband Ed Sinclair, which will arrive on Sky Atlantic later this year. Landscapers shows that, as film obsessives, the Edwards Susan see life especially in cinematographic terms. By dramatizing the story, Landscapers merges the two, blurring the lines between the reality of Susan and Christpher and the real world to try to explain their way of thinking. If you're a fan of true crime dramas that are serious and on the edge, then you'll want to check out Landscapers.

This gripping four-episode series documents the shocking true story of William and Patricia Wycherley's 1998 murders in Nottingham. With extensive investigation and interviews with “direct access to the defendants” who have always protested their innocence of murder, Landscapers is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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