How many episodes are in Deceit?

How many episodes are in Deceit?

08/13/2021

Trailer for new Channel 4 drama Deceit

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Deceit has almost arrived on Channel 4 with just hours left to wait before it premieres. The mini-series will take viewers back in time to the early 1990s, following the police investigation into the murder of Rachel Nickell. Here’s everything you need to know about watching Deceit.

Deceit is set in 1992 when the honeytrap operation, labelled as Operation Edzell, took place.

The investigation was into the murder of mum-of-one Rachel Nickell and the police’s main suspect at the time Colin Stagg who was wrongly accused.

To try and get a confession, a female police officer went undercover as “Lizzie James” in order to win Colin around and get him to admit to a crime he did not commit.

Lizzie is asked to become sexual bait as part of her job, affecting her mental state and potentially putting her in great danger.

Channel 4’s Head of Drama Caroline Hollick said: “True Crime can be quite misogynistic in that it doesn’t often embrace the female perspective, with the women usually victims.

“But that’s where Deceit is so different from other true crime you see on other channels; Emilia [di Girolamo]’s incredibly powerful sense of the importance of the female voice in this show really made it stand out.”

Alongside actress di Girolamo, the drama stars Rochenda Sandall, Niamh Algar, Nathaniel Martello-White and Eddie Marsan.

Deceit is based on a true story, taking inspiration from real-life events and interviews.

How many episodes are in Deceit?

Deceit will start tonight, Friday, August 13, at 9pm on Channel 4.

The mini-series is going to be made up of four one-hour-long episodes in total.

Deceit will be airing a new instalment every week until the finale which is going to be shown on Thursday, September 2.

However, if you’re eager to binge-watch the drama, then all four episodes will be available on streaming service All4 once the first episode has aired.

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“Lizzie” was instructed by the police to befriend Colin so they could get a confession for Rachel’s murder which took place in Wimbledon on July 15, 1992.

The undercover officer tried to push him, describing violent fantasies in a bid to win his trust.

In a released police recording, “Lizzie” is heard saying: “If only you had done the Wimbledon Common murder, if only you had killed her, it would be all right”.

To this, Colin replied: “I’m terribly sorry, but I haven’t.”

Colin did not murder Rachel as it was later discovered it was a man called Robert Tapper.

“Lizzie James” was the codename for the officer and as there is a lifetime anonymity order in place.

In the drama, she will be referred to as Sadie Byrne but this was made up by the creators of Deceit and is not the officer’s real name.

Deceit will start tonight, Friday, August 13, at 9pm on Channel 4.

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