Code Of A Killer

World Productions (2015)
Drama, Crime
UK | English | Color | 2h 10min

Code of a Killer is based on the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker in catching a double murderer.

The drama focuses on how Jeffreys’ science and Baker’s investigative vision created the single biggest leap in the history of criminal investigation.

Cast View all

John Simm Alec Jeffreys
Shirley Dixon Joan Jeffreys
Andrew Tiernan DS Geoff Taylor
David Threlfall David Baker
Lorcan Cranitch DI Alan Madden
Robert Glenister DCC Chapman
Paul Copley Sidney Jeffreys
Ged Simmons Eddie Eastwood
Dorothy Atkinson Barbara Ashworth
Dorothy Atkinson Barbara Ashworth
Darren Bancroft Mr. Hopkirk
Neil Edmond Robin Ashworth
Neil Edmond Robin Ashworth
Anna Madeley Sue Jeffreys
Hannah Walters Kath Eastwood
Farzana Dua Elahe Tania Patel
Lydia Rose Bewley Vicky Wilson
Jaz Deol DC Taran Kholi
Tobias Burton-Rudge Gavin Hopkirk
Ferzana Dua Elahe Tania Patel
Jessica Wood Carole Pitchfork

Crew View all

Director James Strong
Writer Michael Crompton
Producer Priscilla Parish
Photography Matt Gray
Musician Glen Gregory

Episodes View details

1 Episode 1 90 min | Apr 05, 2015

In 1983, in a small village outside Leicester, 15-year-old Lynda Mann is found by a footpath, raped and strangled to death. A year on, after an exhaustive but fruitless search for the killer, Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker is forced to scale down the investigation. Meanwhile, just a few miles up the road at the University of Leicester, scientist Dr Alec Jeffreys invents a remarkable technique to read DNA – the unique genetic fingerprint of every individual – something never previously achieved despite decades of research across the globe. Summer 1986, and 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth goes missing – last seen just a hundred yards from where Lynda's body was discovered. Dawn’s body is found two days later, she has been strangled and hidden in undergrowth near a footpath shortcut. Reading about Jeffreys’ work in a local paper, Baker approaches him at the university – perhaps the DNA test can prove the teenagers involvement in Lynda’s death?

Director: James Strong
Writer: Michael Crompton
Guest stars: Michael Ajao, Sonia Aldeaga, Lily Armitage
2 Episode 2 90 min | Apr 12, 2015

With plenty of publicity, the local teenager is released and the world is introduced to DNA fingerprinting for the first time. In the villages of Narborough and Enderby there is a complete sense of fear that a murderer is living amongst them.

Director: James Strong
Writer: Michael Crompton
Guest stars: Freddie A'Brassard, Lasco Atkins, Dorothy Atkinson


Barcode Format Region Released Edition
054961258598 DVD 1 May 30, 2017
5060352301816 DVD 2 Apr 20, 2015