BBC announce new true crime drama The Sixth Commandment about 'shocking and heartbreaking' murder of Peter Farquhar

THE BBC has announced a new true crime drama The Sixth Commandment which will track the 'shocking and heartbreaking' murder of Peter Farquhar.

Author Peter, 69, was killed by Benjamin Field, 28, in 2015 after he manipulated the older man for financial gain and tried to make his death look like an accident or suicide.

Peter was duped into a fake relationship with Benjamin, who hoped the pensioner would change his will.

Benjamin also targeted Mr Farquhar's neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, 83, and was accused of plotting to kill her, but was found not guilty in court.

Announcing the new drama, which will be written by Sarah Phelps, the BBC said: "It tells the story of how the meeting of an inspirational teacher, Peter Farquhar, and a charismatic young student, Ben Field, who bonded over their love of books and involvement with the Church of England, set the stage for one of the most complex and confounding criminal cases in recent memory.

"It also focuses on how suspicions around Ben’s relationship with Peter’s deeply religious neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, also targeted by Field, unlocked a series of stunning revelations, culminating in a headline-grabbing trial.

"The Sixth Commandment captures the initial seductions, the extreme gaslighting, the gripping police investigation and Peter’s killer finally being brought to justice four years after his untimely death.

"While poignantly highlighting the damaging effect of isolation and loneliness, it also celebrates both Peter and Ann’s lives as cherished mentors, much loved relatives and adored friends."

Sarah added: "This is such a shocking and brutal case; how a murderer hid his manipulation and malevolence in plain sight of a small community, how he insinuated his way into the lives of his victims.

"It’s a heartbreaking story of such desperate longing and loneliness but even within the darkness, there is the most astonishing blazing love and courage.

"I’m honoured to have been asked to write this drama and to be trusted with the memories and experiences of Peter and Ann’s families.”

Casting details for the drama are yet to be announced.

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