Appropriate Adult

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  • 1905
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (4,313)

Appropriate Adult is a compelling drama television miniseries from ITV1, originally aired between September 4 and September 11, 2011. The show takes place in the United Kingdom in the 1990s and is based on a true story that shook the country: the case of the infamous mass murderer Frederick West (Dominic West) and his wife Rosemary West (Monica Dolan).

Selin Hizli stars as Janet Leach, the real-life Appropriate Adult who assisted Fred West during his police interviews. An Appropriate Adult is a person appointed by a police officer to accompany and support a vulnerable suspect during questioning or investigation. Janet Leach was a voluntary social worker with no special training, who only wanted to help the police with a difficult task.

The first episode begins with the discovery of human remains at Fred and Rosemary West's home in Gloucester. The police start investigating and soon arrest the couple on suspicion of murder. As the number of victims grows, so does the complexity of the case.

Janet Leach is brought in to assist Fred during his interviews with the police. At first, Janet is apprehensive, as she has never dealt with a case like this before. However, she quickly forms a bond with Fred, who is very charismatic and appears to be cooperative with the investigation. She soon realizes that he is a master manipulator who carefully chooses what he reveals to the police.

Janet begins to see the human side of Fred and becomes more emotionally involved with his case, even visiting him in prison outside of work hours. This causes tension with her family, who are concerned about her safety and her mental state.

As the investigation progresses, dark secrets are uncovered, and the true horror of the crimes committed by the Wests is revealed. The role of the Appropriate Adult becomes more crucial than ever, and Janet is forced to confront her own beliefs about the criminal justice system as she is drawn further into Fred's web.

The show is not only a procedural crime drama but a character study of Janet Leach and Fred West. The acting is exceptional, with Dominic West and Monica Dolan delivering chilling performances as the notorious couple. Selin Hizli is outstanding as Janet Leach, bringing both vulnerability and strength to her role.

The show is also visually striking, with bleak and haunting cinematography that captures the mood of the story perfectly. The pacing is intentionally slow, allowing the audience to feel the weight of the case, the toll it takes on the investigators, and the emotions that run high throughout.

The show is not without controversy, as family members of the victims have criticized the show for perceived humanizing of Fred West. However, the show is not a glorification of the Wests' crimes but an exploration of the impact of horrific crimes on both the victims and their families, as well as the people who are involved in investigating them.

Overall, Appropriate Adult is a gripping and thought-provoking show that will leave a lasting impact on its audience. It is a rare example of high-quality true crime drama that respects its subject matter while still remaining entertaining to watch.

Appropriate Adult is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (5 episodes). The series first aired on July 3, 1905.

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Episode 3
3. Episode 3
September 11, 2011
The remains of Anna McFall are found, and Fred suggests to Janet her resemblance to Anna is highly significant to him. As Janet tries to persuade Fred to break with Rosemary and reveal the whole truth, she becomes ever more closely involved with him - an involvement which, ultimately, proves to have shattering consequences for her at the trial of Rosemary West.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
September 11, 2011
The second in a two part drama about how serial killers Fred and Rosemary West were brought to justice. The programme focuses on the period between Fred West's arrest and his suicide on New Year's Day 1995.
Appropriate Adult Part 2
2. Appropriate Adult Part 2
July 3, 2011
Appropriate Adult is a haunting psychological thriller based on the true story of the unusual relationship between serial killer Fred West (Dominic West - The Wire) and his "appropriate adult" Janet Leach (Emily Watson - Gosford Park).
Appropriate Adult Part 1
1. Appropriate Adult Part 1
July 3, 1905
Appropriate Adult is a haunting psychological thriller based on the true story of the unusual relationship between serial killer Fred West (Dominic West - The Wire) and his "appropriate adult" Janet Leach (Emily Watson - Gosford Park).
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
September 4, 2011
The life of housewife Janet Leach is transformed when she is asked by police to act as 'appropriate adult' for a man they have arrested - serial killer Fred West.
Where to Watch Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult is available for streaming on the ITV1 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Appropriate Adult on demand at Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel Free.
  • Premiere Date
    July 3, 1905
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (4,313)