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New BBC Crime Drama Based On Real Life Manhunt Hailed As 'Best In A Long Time'

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New BBC Crime Drama Based On Real Life Manhunt Hailed As 'Best In A Long Time'

Crime dramas are a pretty crowded genre on TV these days as the channels are full of grizzled or quirky detectives on the trail of cruel criminals.

With that in mind, it can be tough for a new show to cut through and really make an impact in the mind of the audience.

However, the BBC's new crime drama, Sherwood, appears to have done just that by remodelling the real life story of a manhunt into a compelling drama. Take a look at the trailer below:

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While the characters and names are fictional, the events depicted in the drama are based off an all-too-real pair of murders which were committed in Nottingham just days apart in 2004.

The murders were unconnected, apart from the sole fact that both killers fled into Sherwood Forest to hide from the huge manhunt on their trails.

Fans of the drama have been raving about it on social media, with one person dubbing it as 'the best thing the BBC have shown in a long time'.

Plenty agreed with that idea, someone else describing Sherwood as a great advert for the BBC's drama output as they praised the 'flawless' acting and 'great script'.

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The new crime drama is based on real events. Credit: BBC
The new crime drama is based on real events. Credit: BBC

Another hailed the show for having a 'clever plot and fabulous cast', describing it as 'one of the best crime dramas I have seen in a long time'.

The general feeling on social media is that Sherwood delivers a 'chuffing masterclass' which is well worth tuning into.

Others praised how relevant the drama felt, saying the show 'could not feel more pertinent at the moment' given the links between historical strikes and the issues affecting the UK today.

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In 2004, a pair of unconnected murders only days apart shocked Nottingham and triggered massive manhunts, with both killers seeking refuge in nearby Sherwood Forest.

62-year-old former miner Keith 'Froggy' Frogson was returning home from the pub when he was shot with a crossbow bolt before being hacked to death by a samurai sword on his own doorstep by Robert Boyer.

Less than two weeks later, 23-year-old newlywed Chanel Taylor was found dead by her husband in their home having been shot four times in the back and head.

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The killer was her own father, Terry Rodgers, who had walked her down the aisle only a few weeks before murdering her.

A massive manhunt involving 620 police officers along with helicopters and heat-seeking equipment scoured the forest for both men, finding Boyer first and then Rodgers a day later.

Sherwood continues on BBC One at 9pm on Monday and Tuesday.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: BBC

Joe Harker
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