Olivia Colman in Landscapers for Sky

Landscapers: Sky releases first-look images of its true crime series starring Olivia Colman

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The first-look images of Olivia Colman’s new drama Landscapers have just been released and we’re on the edge of our seats already.

It wasn’t too long ago that it was reported that filming had begun in Mansfield on Olivia Colman’s new drama. Now we’ve been given our first look by Sky Atlantic at the cast of this star-studded thriller and it’s better than we could ever have imagined.

According to Sky, Landscapers tells the true story of the 1998 murders of Nottingham-residents William and Patricia Wycherley using extensive research and hours of interviews with those connected to the case.

Here’s what we know about the show, which is being directed by Will Sharpe (whose credits include The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Flowers and The Darkest Universe), so far.

What’s the plot of Landscapers?

Inspired by real events, Landscapers brings us the story of mild-mannered Susan and her husband, and asks us how they came to kill Susan’s parents and bury them in the back garden of their Mansfield home, in a crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade. 

What is the true story behind Landscapers?

Patricia and William Wycherley were shot dead at their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on the May Day bank holiday weekend in 1998.

The next working day, their daughter, Susan, cleared £40,000 from their account. And she and her husband, Christopher, continued to withdraw large sums of money from their account for the next 15 years, spending thousands on Hollywood souvenirs, particularly autographs of movie star Gary Cooper.

“They didn’t lead a particularly lavish lifestyle,” DCI Griffin said of the couple, as per the BBC.

“It would seem that the vast majority of their money was spent on memorabilia, on authenticated autographed items on people that they admired.”

Olivia Colman in Landscapers as Susan Edwards
Olivia Colman in Landscapers as convicted killer Susan Edwards.

“It’s staggering to think that’s what they spent their money on,” added Griffin. “But that’s what they did.”

What happened to the real Susan and Christopher Edwards?

Around September 2012, Susan and Christopher Edwards became nervous that police were onto them, and fled to France.

But, despite having siphoned off a total of £245,000 of the Wycherleys’ money, just over a year later they had just one euro between them.

They eventually emailed a confession to police in the UK, and announced that they planned to surrender themselves to the UK Border Force authorities.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court found the pair guilty of murder just over 16 years after they committed their crime. 

Who stars in the cast of Landscapers?

Colman, who has won acclaim for her performances in The Favourite and The Crown, will star as Susan Edwards in Landscapers.

David Thewlis, who played Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter movies, will portray her character’s husband, Christopher.

“This is without doubt the very finest project I have worked on for many years,” says Thewlis.

“Everything about Landscapers is magical, there is nothing like it and I’m impatient to get to work so that its brilliance can be shared with the rest of the world.”

Landscapers is the new true crime drama by Sky.
David Thewlis is starring as Christopher Edwards in Landscapers.

Is there a trailer for Landscapers?

Filming has now finished on Landscapers, so hopefully we’ll be gifted a trailer imminently.

What have people said about Landscapers so far?

The official press release for Landscapers promises that “this blackly comic, narratively playful true crime drama is based on extensive research, hours of interviews and direct access to the accused, who have always protested their innocence of murder.

“[As such], this is the story of a unique murder case involving four lives lived on the margins of society, that turns into an exhilarating and darkly funny exploration of love and fantasy: its power and its peril.”

First look at Sky's new crime drama Landscapers
Landscapers will chronicle the killing of Patricia and William Wycherley.

How many episodes of Landscapers will there be?

It’s another easily digestible miniseries, comprising just four episodes.

When will Landscapers be available to watch on Sky Atlantic and Now TV?

Landscapers is just one of many must-watch TV shows coming to our screens in 2021.

We will be sure to bring you further details as and when they become available.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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