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GET LUCKY; Lose yourself in a drama about the disappearance of Lord Lucan, says ClaIre Murphy.

Byline: ClaIre Murphy

Back in 1974, the nanny of Lord 'Lucky' Lucan's children was bludgeoned to death in their kitchen. The Earl, chief suspect, disappeared, and was never seen again. This 40-year-old crime is 'solved' in a two-part drama, Lucan (Wednesday, ITV, 9pm), based on testimony from Lucky's friends.

Lucky (Rory Kinnear) may look like a porn star, but he's a prim, infuriatingly calm posho, addicted to gambling, who ignores his wife and kids. When he suddenly decides he wants custody of his children, Lucky turns to best friend, zoo owner John 'Aspers' Aspinall.

Aspers is played by Christopher Eccleston, who probably didn't appear in the Doctor Who 50th celebrations last month because he was enjoying time-travelling to the 1970s so much. He's got a punnet of plums in his mouth (when he's not swearing), is obsessed with monkeys and slinks around like a Bond villain - but he doesn't stroke a pussycat on his lap, he has a tiger cub.

Aspers persuades his prime mate to act like a silverback: 'defend' his offspring so he's 'free to breed again'. Even if that means killing his missus

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2013
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