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BBC to make serial killer drama

Tania Nicol
Tania Nicol was one of five women murdered by Steve Wright in Suffolk

A drama based on the events surrounding the discovery of five young women murdered in Suffolk in 2006 has been commissioned by the BBC.

The three-part serial, whose working title is Five Daughters, will tell the stories of the women's lives through the eyes of family and friends.

In 2008, Steve Wright was convicted of killing the five prostitutes.

Writer Stephen Butchard said he hoped the drama would provide "a glimpse of the real girls their families knew".

'Tragic story'

"These five young women, precious to their families, had heart, ambition and potential; until an event or events, one wrong turn, one chance meeting, led them into the world of heroin and crack," said Butchard.

"Their dependency on these drugs facilitated their easy exploitation and led them to the street," he added.

The serial will begin filming in November and be aired next year.

"Poignant, human and unflinching, Five Daughters sensitively tells the tragic story of the impact of five terrible murders on a small community, but most of all on five families," said controller of BBC drama series and serials, Kate Harwood.

Butchard's other television work includes the BBC's House of Saddam and ITV1's Vincent, the crime drama starring Ray Winstone.

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