In July, when Richard Kwietniowski's superb film Love and Death on Long Island arrives on our screens, everyone's going to rush around pointing out what a great actor John Hurt is. True enough, but what short memories people have. Don't they remember him in The Elephant Man or The Naked Civil Servant? Hurt has built up something of a fine sideline playing real-life characters from Caligula in I Claudius to jockey Bob Champion - but, before either of those, he played Timothy Evans who was hanged in 1950 for killing eight women at 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill. The film sprang from Ludovic Kennedy's trailblazing book of the same name which exposed one of this country's most notorious miscarriages of justice. It also features an almost unrecognisable Richard Attenborough as John Christie whose name was most recently invoked upon the discovery of the horrors of Frederick and Rose West.
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