“Magnificently and stylishly directed”


A compelling true crime drama series for Channel 4 from writer and executive producer Emilia di Girolamo (Three Pines, The Tunnel), about the infamous undercover investigation into the 1992 murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common. BAFTA nominated Niamh Algar stars as undercover officer ‘Lizzie James’, tasked with snaring prime suspect Colin Stagg, played by Sion Daniel Young. Harry Treadaway portrays Detective Inspector Keith Pedder, who, along with Eddie Marsan’s Paul Britton, leads the dangerous undercover operation that would become one of the Metropolitan Police’s most controversial investigations in history.

Praise for Deceit, Story Films’ first drama series

“Emilia di Girolamo has created something unique… if you’re looking for a true crime story that takes it in an original form this is definitely one that stands out. I don’t think I’ve seen a true crime story like this and don’t think I will again… One of the most captivating dramas I’ve seen”


“A gripping portrayal of a real-life undercover operation”


“Brave, fearless, superbly acted drama”

TV Times

“Slick, propulsive procedural”


“Assured lead performances and sensitive handling of Operation Edzell’s moral quandaries elevate this gruelling true crime drama… The genuinely startling subject matter would always make Deceit stand out from the usual true crime fare, but so does the well-judged handling of its many moral quandaries”

Evening Standard

“Niamh Algar puts in a phenomenal performance in this four-parter about the controversial undercover police operation which followed Nickell’s death, and events that beggar belief… magnificently and stylishly directed”


“This is not hammer-blow viewing that reconstructs grisly murders, but a more nuanced, troubling account of the effect the undercover job had on Sadie… Absorbing, jaw-dropping telly”