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Olivia Colman puts on a spellbinding performance as real-life double murderer in Landscapers trailer

The trailer for new TV series Landscapers, starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis, has been released by Sky.

The four-part dark comedy follows the real life tale of the 1998 murders of Nottinghamshire residents William and Patricia Wycherley.

In the trailer, Olivia transforms into the role of convicted killer Susan Edwards while David takes on the role of her husband Christopher.   

After a string of dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham, it transpires that Susan and Christopher have been on the run from reality for over 15 years. 

One to watch: The trailer for new TV series Landscapers, starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis, has been released by Sky

The trailer begins with the pair travelling on a train with a tearful Olivia telling David that she doesn’t want to say goodbye while he attempts to console her. 

After leaving the station it becomes clear the pair are in trouble as they are confronted by a wall of policeman before being escorted to a station. 

One imprisoned, the pair are quizzed about the bodies of two people found in the garden of a home –  with Olivia nervously declaring ‘no comment’. 

Once out of the station things don’t seem to get any better, with David seen screaming ‘how could you be so stupid?’ while Olivia paces up and down in worry.  

The tense clip ends with Olivia wailing in anguish while waving a gun in the sky.  

Shocking: Olivia wailed unconsolably and shot a gun as she transformed into the double murderer in the first trailer

Shocking: Olivia wailed unconsolably and shot a gun as she transformed into the double murderer in the first trailer

Leading stars: In the trailer, Olivia transforms into the role of convicted killer Susan Edwards while David takes on the role of her husband Christopher

Leading stars: In the trailer, Olivia transforms into the role of convicted killer Susan Edwards while David takes on the role of her husband Christopher 

Creepy: Olivia transformed into the double murderer

The real thing: Pictured is murderer Susan Edwards who was jailed in 2014

Creepy: Olivia (left) transformed into double murderer Susan Edwards (right)

Crime: Olivia stars alongside Harry Potter legend David, 58, - playing her husband and accomplice Christopher

Criminal: Christopher Edwards is pictured in his mug shot

Crime: Olivia stars alongside Harry Potter legend David, 58, (left) – playing her husband and accomplice Christopher (right)

Landscapers is set to be released on December 7 and is a retelling of the shocking Nottinghamshire murders. 

The official synopsis  states that mild-mannered husband and wife Susan and Christopher Edwards have been on the run from reality for over 15 years. 

When Christopher makes a startling call home to his step-mother, their role in a terrible crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade begins to emerge into the light.

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Coming soon: After a string of dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham, it transpires that Susan and Christopher have been on the run from reality for over 15 years

Coming soon: After a string of dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham, it transpires that Susan and Christopher have been on the run from reality for over 15 years

As their relationship is subjected to the glare of a full police investigation, the devoted couple are separated for the first time in their marriage.

With the investigation moving forward, inspired by Susan’s obsession with old Westerns and classic cinema, the fantasists cast themselves as Hollywood heroes in narratives of their own invention.

Powered by Susan’s extraordinary imagination, Susan and Chris’s fantasy world provides a much needed sanctuary from real-world horrors and their own clawing guilt, but also threatens to undo them completely.

Shocking: It soon becomes clear the pair are in trouble as they are confronted by a wall of policeman before being escorted to a station

Shocking: It soon becomes clear the pair are in trouble as they are confronted by a wall of policeman before being escorted to a station

Busted! When Christopher makes a startling call home to his step-mother, their role in a terrible crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade begins to emerge into the light

Busted! When Christopher makes a startling call home to his step-mother, their role in a terrible crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade begins to emerge into the light

Susan and Christopher Edwards were jailed for life after shooting her parents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they lay undiscovered for 15 years.

The couple pretended their victims were still alive while looting £250,000 of their savings and pensions to buy Hollywood memorabilia – especially Gary Cooper’s autographs.  

Friends assumed the slain couple had gone travelling and never returned, with their killers forging Christmas cards to keep up the pretence. They gave themselves in after the bodies were found in 2013.

Lonely: As their relationship is subjected to the glare of a full police investigation, the devoted couple are separated for the first time in their marriage

Lonely: As their relationship is subjected to the glare of a full police investigation, the devoted couple are separated for the first time in their marriage

Interesting: With the investigation moving forward, the fantasists cast themselves as Hollywood heroes in narratives of their own invention

Interesting: With the investigation moving forward, the fantasists cast themselves as Hollywood heroes in narratives of their own invention

The drama – described as ‘blackly comic’ – is said to draw viewers into ‘the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created by casting themselves as their Hollywood heroes in stories of their own invention’.

After landing the role Olivia said: ‘I love Ed’s scripts… just as well as he cooks many of my meals. 

‘It’s rare to be desperate to play a part on the first reading of a script, but that was the case here.’ 

Star studded: Olivia and David are joined by the likes of Samuel Anderson (The History Boys), David Hayman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge) and Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, Flowers) to make up the cast

Star studded: Olivia and David are joined by the likes of Kate O’Flynn (Bridget Jones’s Baby) and Samuel Anderson (The History Boys)

Olivia and David are joined by Kate O’Flynn (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Dipo Ola (We Hunt Together), Samuel Anderson (The History Boys), David Hayman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge) and Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, Flowers) to make up the cast.

The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content, Sky UK and Ireland and is Executive Produced by Serena Thompson for Sky Studios. 

Landscapers will air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on 7 December.

Shocking: Susan and Christopher Edwards were jailed for life after shooting her parents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they lay undiscovered for 15 years

Shocking: Susan and Christopher Edwards were jailed for life after shooting her parents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they lay undiscovered for 15 years 


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