Landscapers: Murder mystery meets surreal fantasy in true-crime drama

Olivia Colman and David Thewlis star as a mild-mannered Midlands couple who retreat into a Hollywood fantasy world when they are accused of murdering her wife's parents.

By Katie Archer Published: 22 September 2021 - 10.44pm
Sky UK Ltd/HBO/Sister Landscapers

Landscapers looks set to be one of the TV drama highlights of the year - with a stellar cast and an imaginative retelling of a true story, it’s sure to be must-see viewing.

Lead actors Olivia Colman and David Thewlis have given the series their seal of approval, calling it one of the most exciting projects they’ve seen in a long time.

Take a look at everything you need to know about the series, including the events it is based on, who stars in it, and when you can expect to see it.

What is Landscapers about?

Olivia Colman in Landscapers Sky UK Ltd/HBO/Sister

The drama series is based on the strange real-life case of husband and wife Susan and Christopher Edwards, a mild-mannered couple who were accused of murdering her parents.

Adapted from extensive research, hours of interviews and direct access to the couple, it picks up from the moment they find themselves thrust into the media spotlight when Susan’s parents were discovered buried in their back garden in Mansfield.

The Edwards have always protested their innocence and the series shows viewers events as they unfolded from the points of view of the accused, the police and the lawyers.

Landscapers explores the themes of love and fantasy as it follows Susan and Christopher’s surreal fantasy world in which they cast themselves as their Hollywood heroes in stories of their own invention inspired by Susan’s love of old Westerns and classic cinema.

The couple have been on the run from reality for more than 15 years, but when Christopher makes an unexpected call to his stepmother, it kicks off an investigation into the deaths that took place a decade earlier. Soon, the couple are separated for the first time in their marriage.

As the pressure of the investigation ramps up, the couple find solace from the horror and guilt in a fantasy world, but this escapism also threatens to become their undoing.

Who stars in Landscapers?

David Thewlis in Landscapers Sky UK Ltd/HBO/Sister

Olivia Colman features as Susan Edwards in the four-part series written by her husband, Ed Sinclair.

The Crown and The Favourite star said: “I love Ed’s scripts, which is just as well as he cooks many of my meals. No, the truth is it’s quite rare to be desperate to play a part on the first reading of a script, but that was the case here. The writing is brave, but subtle and tender too - a joy for any actor.”

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David Thewlis, best known for Fargo, the Harry Potter films and I’m Thinking of Ending Things, plays her husband Christopher Edwards.

He said: "This is without doubt the very finest project I have worked on for many years. 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.”

The cast also features Kate O'Flynn as DC Emma Lancing, Dipo Ola as Susan’s solicitor Douglas Hylton, Samuel Anderson as DC Paul Wilkie, Felicity Montagu as Susan’s mother Patricia Wycherley, and Daniel Rigby as DCI Geoff Collier.

When is Landscapers on TV?

Although there’s no definite air date yet, we can apparently expect Landscapers to air later this year.

It will be available to watch as a four-part series on Sky Atlantic with a NOW Entertainment Membership.

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