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Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story

  • Episode:

    1

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 03 Mar 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 09 2021 : Sat 27 Feb - Fri 05 Mar

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Tue 23 Feb 2021

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Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story

"There are only two people who really know what happened in that bedroom, and one of them is dead." - Former Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dickie, Senior Investigating Officer for the Met Police

This new documentary in ITV's Crime And Punishment strand explores the case of Jane Andrews, who was the former dresser to Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and was convicted of murder after police discovered the bloodied body of her millionaire boyfriend Tom Cressman.

Twenty years ago the nation’s front pages were dominated by the story of Andrews, who went on the run after the attack. When she was found and charged, tales soon emerged of her rage at previous boyfriends, earning her the title of the 'Fatal Attraction Killer' after the film of the same name.

Despite her claims of domestic abuse, it took a jury just 12 hours to convict Andrews of Tom’s murder in 2001. She was sentenced to serve a minimum of 12 years of a life sentence.

An appeal against her conviction was quickly dismissed, and as the years passed she lost touch with her society friends. During her sentence Andrews hit headlines again when she absconded from prison for reasons that have never been explained. Then her bizarre love letters to a fellow inmate were published in the press.

Her role as a Royal dresser and subsequent fall from grace was a long way from her upbringing in Lincolnshire, says her cousin Sue Hartley: "Once she went down there, she had airs and graces as though she had been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, as if she was Lady Jane."

Some who had met her prior to Tom's murder say they would not have expected it of her. Royal commentator Ingrid Seward says: "I still find it hard to believe that the girl I met in the corridors of Buckingham Palace knocked him on the head with a cricket bat and stabbed him."

Yet for Tom’s family, and most of the journalists who wrote about her, Jane is an obsessive stalker and 'a danger to all men'. 

His brother Rick Cressman says: "She never once said sorry for what she did, she’s just tried to get out of what she has done, [in] any way she could."

Reporters have followed her story in and out of prison, exposing her new identities, reporting on her new lovers, and even photographing her as she stacked shelves in her local supermarket.

After Britain's first murder conviction was overturned on the grounds of domestic violence in the case of Sally Challen, this film sets out to tell the definitive story of Andrews’ rise and fall, asking whether the courts would have dealt with the case in the same way had it happened now.

Journalists, police, prosecution and Tom Cressman’s friends and family describe their experiences of the extraordinary case, alongside close friends of the killer, and never-seen-before interviews with Jane’s cousin, who has known her since childhood, along with her defence psychiatrist Trevor Turner, who goes on record for the first time.

The film explores whether his claim is right, or if lead investigator Jim Dickie is correct when he says: "She is a cold-blooded murderer. Any man who gets into a relationship with her needs his head tested."

This is an Optomen production for ITV