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Maxine review — do we care about this killer’s girlfriend? I don’t

Also reviewed: Our Dementia Choir Sings Again

The Times

Maxine
Channel 5
★★☆☆☆

Our Dementia Choir Sings Again
BBC1
★★★★☆

Is 20 years too soon to dramatise the murders of two ten-year-old girls? Put yourselves for a second in the shoes of the parents of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and yes, of course it is. To have one’s torture served up as primetime drama must be horrendous. But here’s another question: are you interested in Maxine Carr? Because I really am not.

In fairness, Maxine was a restrained, unsalacious affair that kept Holly and Jessica largely out of it, even though their innocent, unspoken presence was heavy in every scene. Mercifully, there were no child actors tasked to play them at Huntley’s house, and no gaudy reconstruction of the murders. The focus was

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