âI felt physically sick when I heard about the plans to turn the tragic events which devastated so many peopleâs lives in to a TV drama,â? she said, speaking to the Guardian. âI havenât spoken about this for ten years, and the only reason I am speaking now is because I want ITV to realise they will be causing unimaginable distress to the families of the young girls who were murdered.â?
âNo-one should kid themselves. The object of this drama is to make money. But he programme makes have to recognise that a lot of vulnerable young women died. They were real people and their loved ones are real people too who are still suffering and their wounds will only be reopened by a TV drama like this.â?
A spokesperson for ITV defended the drama, saying that the corporation had attempted to contact relatives and victims to let them know about the project and address their concerns, and then added: âIt is certainly not ITVâs wish to cause distress to the families of the Westsâ victims, or their children and Appropriate Adult does not contain any recreation of the actual crimes themselves. But we believe the factual drama is a valid form in which to explore and throw new light on real events.â?
Dominic West [pictured] star of The Wire and the man who will play Fred West, has previously described the drama as a âmoral minefieldâ? but admitted that, as an actor, he saw the role as âfantastic opportunity.â?