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A thrilling trilogy of films based on David Peace's cult noir novels about Yorkshire during the 1970s and '80s. Welcome to a world of paranoia, corruption – and the terrifying aftermath of the Yorkshire Ripper murders...

This neo-noir epic is based on horrific, factual events and adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) from David Peace's series of groundbreaking novels. The Red Riding Trilogy follows controversial stories revolving around the manhunt for the brutal Yorkshire Ripper. After a failed attempt to crack Fleet Street, a cynical journalist returns to his homeland of Yorkshire and finds himself assigned to report on the case of a local girl who has gone missing. But after her bizarrely mutilated body is discovered, he is thrown into a sleaze infested, nightmarish world of corruption. As the killer's identity remains a mystery, savage events spiral out of control, spanning generations and leading to a shocking climax.

The three films (1974, 1980 and 1983) are directed by three different filmmakers, Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane), James Marsh (Academy Award Winner 2009 for Man on Wire) and Anand Tucker (Hilary and Jackie), and each boasts an all-star British cast. Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings) joins Mark Addy (The Full Monty), Warren Clarke (A Clockwork Orange), Paddy Considine (Dead Man's Shoes), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl) , Peter Mullan (Trainspotting) and Maxine Peake (TV's Shameless).


The Red Riding Trilogy – 1974

Fear, paranoia and entrenched state corruption are running riot in Yorkshire. Novice newshound Eddie Dunford is on a mission to uncover for the truth in an increasingly complex web of lies and obstructions concerning the police investigation into a series of child abductions.

When young Clare Kemplay goes missing, Eddie and his colleague, Barry, persuade their editor to let them investigate links with two similar abductions in the last decade.

But after a mutilated body is found on a construction site owned by a local property magnate, Eddie and Barry are drawn into a deadly world of secrecy, intimidation, shocking revelations and police brutality.


The Red Riding Trilogy – 1980

It's 1980 and the 'Yorkshire Ripper' has maintained his reign of terror for six years. Senior Manchester detective Peter Hunter is called in to conduct a review of the Ripper investigation to date.

Hunter's no stranger to West Yorkshire; he failed to complete an investigation into a shooting involving Yorkshire police back in 1974.


The Red Riding Trilogy – 1983

Nine years on, another Morley child has gone missing on her way home from school. The incident brings back dark memories for Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson, as the circumstances are errily simlar to the 1974 disappearance of Clare Kemplay, and the subsequent imprisonment of local boy Michael Myshkin.

Washed-up local solicitor John Piggott becomes convinced of Myshkin's innocence and begins to campaign on his behalf, unwittingly providing a catalyst for the police chief to start to right some wrongs.


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