Starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis, Landscapers tells a unique love story involving a seemingly ordinary British couple who become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham, England. Olivia Colman stars in 'Landscapers', a new true-crime drama from HBO and Sky. While certain elements of Landscapers can be verified, others, such as the life of the Edwards in Paris, where they fled after the murders, had to be fictionalized. The Oscar-winning actress has two big hits launching this month with Landscapers airing weekly on HBO and The Lost Daughter en route on Netflix.
Ultimately, what this investigation made clear is that what Landscapers has to say is not just a true crime that says it all. Directed by Will Sharpe (Flowers), Landscapers is based on the seemingly ordinary lives of Christopher and Susan Edwards, who became the center of extraordinary research. Despite how good it can be at times, premiering during awards and the holiday season on Monday nights, it's hard to believe that this won't be demolished as more prestigious programs dominate the television landscape. Everything in Landscapers is magical, there is nothing like it and I can't wait to get to work so I can share its brilliance with the rest of the world.
While Landscapers takes a real-life tragedy as a starting point and both Susan and Christopher Edwards are serving sentences of 25 years to life in prison for murder, that's not the whole story Sharpe wants to tell. It's unlikely that you'll feel like you understand Susan and Chris Edwards after watching “Landscapers”, but maybe it's impossible to really do so. Inspired by true events, Landscapers tells the story of polite Susan and her husband, and how they came to kill Susan's parents and bury them in the back garden of their home in Mansfield, in a crime that went undiscovered for more than a decade. But as Landscapers releases new episodes weekly, you might start to wonder if black comedy is too good to be true.
Landscapers is a co-production between HBO and Sky and is the latest project by SISTER, the company behind the limited series Chernobyl, winner of several Emmy and BAFTA awards.