Scott Reid has been pictured because the murderer Ian Huntley on the set of the Channel 5 show, Maxine, on-location at a college in Ireland, with roughly 40 extras, a lot of them police and media.
Filming has begun on chilling Channel 5 three-part miniseries, Maxine, documenting the Soham murders investigation through the eyes of killer Ian Huntley’s fiancée Maxine Carr.
Photos from Thursday show an intimidating Scott wearing a navy polo shirt and trousers, as he spoke to the headteacher while restraining a German Shepherd, which belonged to his partner.
Actor: Scott Reid has been pictured because the murderer Ian Huntley on the set of the Channel 5 show, Maxine, on-location at a college in Ireland, with roughly 40 extras, a lot of them police and media
The series will document the investigation through the eyes of killer Ian’s fiancée Maxine Carr.
Actress Jemma Carlton looked eerily just like former teaching assistant Carr as she filmed scenes in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland on Tuesday – 20 years after the murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, each aged 10.
The disappearance of the schoolgirls after a family barbecue in August 2002 sparked Britain’s biggest-ever missing individuals’ enquiry – but got here to a tragic end when their bodies were found dumped in a distant ditch.
Eek! Photos from Thursday show an intimidating Scott wearing a navy polo shirt and trousers
Uh-oh: He spoke to the headteacher while restraining a German Shepherd, which belonged to his partner
Dog-lovers: Two female law enforcement officials broke character as they flashed beaming smiles towards the pooch
School caretaker Huntley – then 28 – had lured the ladies to his house and murdered them before dumping their bodies and burning their clothes.
His then-fiancée Carr who provided him with a false alibi – but was in Grimsby visiting her mother on the time of the murders – was jailed for perverting the course of justice but released in 2004 with a latest identity.
She was dubbed ‘The Most Hated Woman In Britain’ following the trial , which saw Huntley admit to killing the youngsters, but claiming their deaths were accidental.
Scenes for the brand new drama showed Carr meeting with a journalist who has tracked her down.
Actress Jemma is seen together with her bobbed hair in a scruffy updo and wearing a green jacket and jeans as she scowls at a male actor on the seafront.
Notorious: Actress Jemma Carlton looked eerily just like former teaching assistant Carr (pictured R in 2002) as she filmed scenes in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland on Tuesday
Final photo: Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were murdered by Ian Huntley on August 4 2002 (pictured two hours before their disappearance)
Murderer: Huntley had lured the ladies to his house and murdered them before dumping their bodies in a distant ditch. He was a caretaker on the local Soham Village College and was arrested after the ladies’ bodies were discovered 13 days later
Channel 5 said in an announcement concerning the drama: ‘Maxine will examine the investigation of faculty assistant Maxine Carr and her caretaker fiancé Ian Huntley, who was later imprisoned for the double murder of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, the tragic case that shocked the nation
‘The three-part drama will explore their tumultuous relationship through Maxine’s perspective; why she lied for him and the way she became public enemy No.1, in addition to reflect the dimensions of the police investigation and subsequent media frenzy around the most important manhunt ever seen in British history.’
Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer UK, at Paramount, said: ‘The series marks a latest enterprise into the true crime genre for Channel 5 drama and can give viewers an in depth examination of Maxine Carr and her role in one of the vital notorious crimes in recent British history.’
Mike Benson, Managing Director at Clapperboard added: ‘Few crimes have embedded themselves within the national psyche greater than the tragic events of Soham in 2002. It was a case which was unique in recent history when it comes to the sheer scale of the media coverage and the way this affected and nearly derailed the investigation and subsequent trial. We’ll explore this throughout the drama alongside the role played by Maxine Carr – dubbed ‘The Most Hated Woman in Britain.’
Maxine shall be produced by Clapperboard, Chalkboard’s scripted sister company and is ready to air in 2022.
The series was ordered by Cardwell and Paul Testar, Commissioning Executive, Drama.
Mike Benson and Julie Ryan are executive producers on the series. Laura Way (The Holiday, Blood) joins the team as director, whilst Simon Tyrrell (The Spanish Princess) serves as the author. Abacus Media Rights are on board as international distributor for the series.
Huntley was found guilty of killing each girls at his 2004 trial and later sentenced to 2 life terms, with a minimum 40-year tariff at the utmost security Frankland prison in Durham.
He was a caretaker on the local Soham Village College and was arrested after the ladies’ bodies were discovered 13 days after their disappearance.
During a two-week appeal to seek out the ladies, Huntley gave TV interviews and joined in searches while his then-girlfriend Carr gave him a false alibi.
He was jailed for all times in 2005.
During his trial, he said that he had ‘killed the ladies by accident’ but later admitted the killing in leaked tapes from prison.
In a 2018 tape he said: ‘I do know the people of Soham took me into their community, they trusted me, gave me a job and a house, and I betrayed them within the worst possible way.
‘And I’m sorry for what I actually have done, sorry for the pain I actually have caused to the families and friends of Holly and Jessica, for the pain I actually have caused my family and friends, and for the pain I actually have caused the community of Soham.
‘I’m genuinely, genuinely sorry and it breaks my heart when it’s reported I haven’t any remorse, that I relish something. I don’t.’
He added: ‘I can’t change anything. I cannot remove that day from history, what I actually have done. I do know those girls could be 26 this 12 months with families of their very own, jobs and lives. I considered them after they were turning 21 and after they were turning 18. I do know regardless of what I say that individuals should not going to think any higher of me … but I might much moderately people have the reality about how I feel. I actually have nothing to achieve by saying this stuff.
‘I do know I’m never getting out. I actually have accepted that from day one.’
Huntley said he doesn’t wish to be free of prison and insisted he is not going to apply for parole out of ‘consideration’ for his victims’ families.
A recent Channel 5 documentary – Soham: The Murder of Holly & Jessica – saw Sharon Gilbert, a former Special Constable with Cambridgeshire Police, reveal how Ian approached her and asked ‘how long does DNA evidence last?’ before joking about killing her just days before he was arrested for the murders.
Sharon said: ‘The atmosphere in Soham was very solemn, there wasn’t very many individuals walking around, there have been a number of police vehicles everywhere, a number of press parked at the tip of the road
‘Every window on the town had an image of the ladies within the Manchester United tops – with the press rewards.
‘On Wednesday afternoon we were tasked to go to Soham college, and Ian Huntley approached the vehicle and lounged over the hinge section of the door
‘He was very relaxed in his talking, he wasn’t nervous in any way shape or form
‘Normally whenever you’re sat in a police vehicle and someone comes as much as consult with you they ask you concerning the equipment, the lights, anything that is visible. He didn’t need to know any of that
‘Quite early within the conversation he said to me “how long said does DNA evidence last?”
‘I said “indefinitely, they’ve used it on the Russian tsar family and woolly mammoths I think”
‘The whole lot about him made me feel uneasy, he had very strange eyes, like he’s taking a look at your but through you, like your not there
‘At one point he said the college was locked up, he’d locked it, but he wasn’t sure if it will stay locked since the previous caretaker had left in dubious circumstances and had a second set of keys and it was a possibility he’d been out and in.
‘But before he said that he told everyone “if I told you that I’d need to kill you”
‘I spoke to the sergeant and he said immediately it was a missing person’s enquiry and may I feel strongly about it to phone the inquiry line with my concerns.
‘As soon as I got home I phoned the enquiry line, I wanted them to know that he was a individual that they needed to have interest in, and it was serious.
‘He’d done something that he was covering up with the best way he was talking, they usually needed to be interested by him.’
Just a few days later, Sharon woke as much as the news Huntley and Carr had been arrested.
Tragedy: Police found the ladies’ burned Manchester United shirts in a bin at Soham College where Huntley worked
‘I ran downstairs and phoned the enquiry line again. I said that you must hearken to the phone call I made on Wednesday.
‘I’m a member of Hampshire constabulary and I got here to Soham and spoke to Ian Huntley and the conversation I had with him could be of interest to you.
‘After they got here and took my statement, one in all the officers was sat at my table and each every now and then I might say something and he’d go into the hall.
‘I believe they were using what was entering into my statement to query him’.
The documentary also spoke to reporters who were on the story on the time – including Brian Farmer, a reporter on the Press Association who found Huntley suspicious.
‘The police issued a timeline of sightings, they usually said Ian Huntley had seen the ladies – although they didn’t say he was the last person to see the ladies,’ he explained.
‘I went to the home and I explained I just wanted to talk and get a couple of details, they usually were quite reluctant.
‘I remember asking Maxine whether in school they’d done stranger danger and in the event that they’d be told to not get into automobile and he or she said they’d
‘I asked her out of your knowledge of Holly and Jessica how would they react if someone said “get within the automobile”
‘Before she had the prospect to reply, Ian answered and said “Holly would probably get in and be quiet but Jessica would fight and be mad”
‘That is when I assumed something wasn’t right, so I began to ask him more concerning the girls. He said he and Maxine had been out for a walk with their dog and he had got wet – he had got a hose out with soap and that is when the ladies got here along.
‘They asked how Miss Carr [a teaching assistant at their school] was – I asked 4 or five times what they said
‘And what baffled me was “why didn’t they mention the dog” any child could be taken by the dog.
‘He was describing a conversation an adult would have – not two 10 12 months old girls, I used to be wondering, why wasn’t he telling the reality?’.
Huntley had been given an alibi by his girlfriend Maxine Carr – but it surely was later revealed she was in Grimsby visiting her mother.
Sky News presenter Jeremy Thompson also spoke to the programme, revealing how he interviewed Carr and was struck by how she was talking about Holly and Jessica in past tense.
Sickening: Huntley was found guilty of killing each girls and later sentenced to 2 life terms, with a minimum 40-year tariff at the utmost security Frankland prison in Durham (pictured 2002)