A series of three TV movies based on David Peace's four Red Riding novels. The three specials take place over three years - 1974, 1980, and 1983 - in Yorkshire, and deal with a series of murders mirroring the Real Life
Yorkshire Ripper killings. With an ensemble cast of British actors, Red Riding is a dark and engrossing (and disgusting) trilogy. The first film sees Intrepid Reporter
Eddie Dunford of the Yorkshire Post investigate a child's murder which may or may not be connected with Corrupt Corporate Executive
John Dawson's plan to build a shopping centre over the place that the body was found in. The second and third deal with the Yorkshire Ripper and Wearside Jack cases.
This show provides examples of:
- Amateur Sleuth
- Affably Evil: John Dawson.
- The Atoner: Jobson in 1983.
- The Brute: Bob Craven
- Catch Phrase / Meaningful Echo: Several characters make reference to "the North, where we do what we want."
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: John Dawson
- The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: The death of Barry Gannon.
- Crapsack World: Anywhere in the North before about 1990 is generally portrayed as exaggeratedly crappy.
- Dirty Cop: Every character in the West Yorkshire Police with the notable exception of Maurice Jobson.
- Et Tu, Brute?: How Peter Hunter meets his death at the hands of his number two.
- Driven to Suicide: Eddie Dunford
- From Bad to Worse: Constantly.
- Intrepid Reporter: Eddie Dunford.
- I Can Still Fight
- Inherent in the System: The Yorkshire Post and West Yorkshire Police.
- Kill the Cutie: Surprisingly subverted: young male prostitute B.J. is "the one that got away."
- Oop North: The series is set in the three districts, or 'ridings', of Yorkshire.
- Police Brutality: Two corrupt cops corner Eddie after he visits Dawson's ill wife in hospital, drag him out to his car and slam the door on his wrist, breaking it, with a few truncheon taps to the eyeball for good measure.
- Pedophile Priest
- Serial Killer: The major focus of the middle episode is on the Yorkshire Ripper, a real life serial killer.
- Shoot The Dangerous Conspirator: When Dawson's "private weakness" becomes a liability, the cops facilitate Eddie's killing of him.
- Suicide by Cop: Eddie Dunford goes out this way, but not before taking John Dawson with him.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Both Eddie and Peter, who think this is a story where the Intrepid Reporter and the By-the-Book Cop, respectively, beat the system in the end. It's not.