Lucan (2013)


This two-part drama written by Jeff Pope is based on the life of flamboyant aristocrat Lord Lucan.

In 1974, with escalating gambling debts and his marriage collapsing, Lucan becomes obsessed with regaining custody of his children. On one fateful night in November that year, the youngsters’ nanny Sandra Rivett is bludgeoned to death in the basement of the family home in London’s Belgravia district – and his wife Veronica is also attacked , but she fights back and alerts the police. As the earl goes on the run, Aspinall calls together Lucan’s cronies from the Clermont Club to establish the facts, and a national manhunt is launched for the fugitive. Veronica testifies against her husband to the authorities and the story quickly becomes a media sensation.

Drama starring Rory Kinnear, Christopher Eccleston, Catherine McCormack, Michael Gambon, Paul Freeman, Rupert Evans, Gemma Jones and Leanne Best.

A rather sordid affair in my opinion. Jeff Pope speculated mostly in the second part, because even now nobody knows what happened to ‘Lucky’ Lucan. He just disappeared, leaving his own children without support. His heir was refused permission to take his title and seat in the House of Lords. The worst in that story is that, even during the trial, the battle between Veronica and ‘Lucky’ was more important than Sandra Rivett’s poor fate.

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