Code of a killer on ITV1

Code of a Killer plays the actor John Simm as a brilliant scientist who decrypts the key to the DNA fingerprint and helps catch the killer Colin Pitchfork.

But is the ITV drama a rerun? How many episodes are there and who is in the cast?

Here is everything you need to know.


John Simm and David Threlfall star in Code of a Killer (Image: ITV1)

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Code of a Killer on ITV1 – is that a real story?

Code of a Killer is based on the story of Sir Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of the DNA fingerprint.

The series dramatizes how the DNA fingerprint was first used by DCS David Baker to arrest double killer Colin Pitchfork.

The drama follows the brilliant scientist and groundbreaking detective as they team up to create the most significant advance in modern criminal investigation.

In 1984, Dr. Alec Jeffreys (John Simm) developed a remarkable technique for reading each person’s unique DNA fingerprint.

Meanwhile, DCS David Baker (David Threlfall) led the search for the murderer of the two schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire a few miles away.

Together, the two pursued the man who raped and murdered the two teenagers and then caught the killer – Colin Pitchfork.

Who is in the cast?

David Threlfall, 67, plays DCS David Baker, the dogged cop who finally managed to catch Colin Pitchfork.

TV viewers probably know David best from his role as Frank Gallagher in Shameless, a role he played from 2004 to 2013.

The Manchester born actor also starred in What Remains, Ripper Street and Troy: Fall of a City.

John Simm plays Dr. Alec Jeffreys, the geneticist who discovered the DNA fingerprint.

John, 51, is best known for his roles as Danny Kavanagh in The Lakes, Cal McCaffrey in State of Play, DCI Sam Tyler in Life on Mars, The Master in Doctor Who, and Baxter in Mad Dogs.

Most recently he took on the role of DSI Roy Grace in ITV1’s detective drama Grace.

Bloodlands star Lorcan Cranitch plays DI Alan Madden, while Hustles Robert Glenister plays DCC Chapman.

Anna Madeley, who recently appeared in Deadwater Fell and All Creatures Great and Small, plays Sue Jeffreys.

Marcellas Andrew Tiernan plays DS Geoff Taylor, while Corries Paul Copley appears as Sidney Jeffreys.

The impressive cast also includes Jessica Hargreaves, Lucy Carless, Ged Simmons, Hannah Walters and Lily Armitage.

Jaz Deol, Lydia Rose Bewley, Tobias Burton-Rudge, Jessica Woods and Darren Bancroft also play.

Rakie Ayola of the Pact plays Helena Adarkwa, Siobhan Redmond plays Joy Blakefield and Nathan Wright plays the killer Colin Pitchfork.

Anna Madeley as Sue Jeffreys and John Simm as Alec Jeffreys
Anna Madeley as Sue Jeffreys and John Simm as Alec Jeffreys in Code of a Killer (Image: ITV1)

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Is Code of a Killer a repeat? When did it first air?

Code of a Killer is a repetition indeed.

It first aired on ITV in 2015.

Episode one begins in 1983 in a village outside Leicester when Lynda Mann is found raped and strangled.

A year later, after an exhausting but unsuccessful search for the killer, DCS David Baker is forced to narrow the investigation.

In episode two the world is introduced to the idea of ​​forensic DNA …

At the time it was first shown, the Guardian said, “David Threlfall’s detective is chasing a serial killer while John Simms DNA profiler wrestles with a cheesy script in this drama based on real events.”

The Independent said, “The real story of DNA profiling grabs despite a shaky script.”

the Radio times wrote: “Yet even the clichés cannot completely hide the incredible story at the heart of Code of a Killer.”

How many episodes are there?

Code of a Killer consists of two episodes.

The first episode will air on Monday, October 11, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.

The second and final episode will be broadcast the following week on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.

Each installment is 80 minutes long, including commercial breaks.

The first part of Code of a Killer will air on Monday, October 11, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.

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