The Hunt for the Camden Ripper
(Channel 4, 2004)
"A quite beautiful documentary about a bloody, horrendous subject." - The Guardian
The discovery of human body parts behind a pub in Camden over Christmas 2002 triggered one of the Metropolitan Police’s largest man hunts and shocked the nation. The revelations that followed, about a man's brutal murder of three London women shocked a nation.
But the story of the search for Anthony Hardy also revealed some painful truths about the anonymity of a city, and the complex challenges facing mental health units charged with protecting both the public and their patients.
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“Mesmerising…. Olly Lambert’s film is a quite beautiful documentary about a bloody, horrendous subject. It was measured and thoughtful throughout, from its interviews with police officers, mental healthcare professionals and Hardy’s neighbours, through its portrayal of London as a place of anonymity…. Of course it was sensational – films such as this can’t not be – but it was also a considered examination of the failures of the system. It was about the things – and the people – we throw away.” Gareth McLean, The Guardian
“A measured, searching documentary… Engrossing.” Time Out
Production Company: Just TV
Narrator: Juliet Stevenson
Film Editor: Julian Rodd
Composer: Chris Whitten
Camera: Chris Cox
Sound: Tim Watts
Producer: Sylvia Jones
Executive Producer: Nina Davies
Commissioning Editor: Danny Cohen
Director: Olly Lambert