A biopic of Albert Pierrepoint (Spall), one of Britain’s last hangmen. Appointed in 1934, Pierrepoint personally handled more than 600 state-sanctioned executions — including 13 Nazi war criminals and Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder in this country — before his resignation in 1956 over a wages dispute.
Spall does his best to get under the skin of a somewhat complex character, but unfortunately the by-the-numbers screenplay and made-for-TV production values leave behind the feeling that the whole enterprise could have been better executed.
Reviewed by David Hughes
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