Keynsham’s role in BBC true-crime drama

A NEW TV true-crime drama – in whose production Keynsham played a role – starts on BBC One on Monday July 17.

The Sixth Commandment explores the deaths of Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin in the village of Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire.

The cast includes Timothy Spall, Anne Reid and Sheila Hancock.

Filming took place in and around Bristol, with the city’s Film Office assisting at locations including Blaise Estate, Flax Bourton Mortuary, South Bristol Crematorium, Circomedia on Portland Square – which features as one of the churches – and street scenes in Westbury on Trym.

Filming also took place in and around Keynsham, Bath and Clevedon.

Keynsham Town Football Club car park was used as a base for the production.

The Sixth Commandment tells the story of how the meeting of an inspirational teacher, Peter Farquhar (Timothy Spall), and a charismatic student, Ben Field (Éanna Hardwicke), set the stage for one of the most complex and confounding criminal cases in recent memory.

It also focuses on how suspicions around Field’s relationship with Ann Moore-Martin (Anne Reid), Peter’s deeply religious neighbour, unlocked a series of chilling revelations.

Episodes will be screened on July 17, 18, 24 and 25. They will all be made available on iPlayer.

Timothy Spall and Sheila Hancock in The Sixth Commandment (image BBC)