Families of Peter Manuel victims protest against repetition

Plain Sight will repeat this evening (Monday 7 June) on ITV, but the families of the murder victims have asked the broadcaster not to show it again.

The true crime adaptation tells the story of Peter Manuel, the Scottish serial killer who murdered seven people in the 1950s.

Now the three-part series starring Line of Duty’s Martin Compston as Manuel is set to hit the screens again tonight.


Martin Compston plays Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel (Image: ITV / YouTube)

What did the victims’ families say about In Plain Sight on ITV?

The horrific story of Manuel, nicknamed The Beast of Birkenshaw, upset the family members of his seven victims.

In conversation with the Daily record, Stuart Reid – the nephew of victims of Marion Watt and Margaret Brown – said it would “open old wounds”.

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“You will be showing this program again starting in 2016 with the title In Plain Sight about the murderer Peter Manuel, who murdered my father’s two sisters and his cousin.

“All we want is for someone to stop this terrible decision.

“I was 12 at the time, and I’ll be 77 at the end of the month – it’s terrible that it still works like that. Me and my brother David are the last in my father’s family. “

Stuart said the murders haunted his father all his life.

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Douglas Henshall co-stars in The Time, True Crime Drama (Credit: ITV / YouTube)

What did ITV say?

Stuart’s brother David also expressed concern about the repetition.

However, ITV told the newspaper, “Before filming on the drama began, the production team set out to track down and contact as many of the surviving relatives of Manuel’s victims as possible, but unfortunately we couldn’t find the Reid brothers, so they found out from the drama from the pre-TX commercial.

“At that time we spoke to the brothers to assure them that we fully respect and understand their views.”

In a clear view of ITV
Peter Manuel committed crimes at a young age (source: YouTube)

What did Peter Manuel do and what happened to him?

Peter Manuel was born in New York to Scottish parents who returned to their homeland in 1932.

Manuel himself was a petty thief in his early years and was sentenced to nine years in prison when he was 16 when he was arrested for sexual assault.

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When he was finally arrested for the seven murders he committed between 1956 and 1958, he caused a sensation in court when he fired his legal team and defended himself.

All that acting was in vain, and he was hanged in Barlinnie Prison on July 11, 1958.

Allegedly his last words were: “Turn up the radio and I’ll go quietly”.

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