Emily Watson as Janet Leach and Dominic West as Fred West

“THIS is a true story. What follows is based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts.

“Some scenes have been created for the purpose of dramatisation.”

So begins Appropriate Adult, ITV1’s two-part Fred West drama.

Or rather the story of how trainee social worker Janet Leach was plunged into the nightmare world of serial killers Fred and Rose West.

I watched both 90 minute instalments of the two-part production in one sitting earlier this month and was hugely impressed by the way it had been handled.

Peter Capaldi as Samuel Kent

DOES Peter Capaldi watch himself on TV?

“I don’t really have a hard and fast rule about it,” he replied.

“I’m always disappointed, anyway. I always look much worse.”

We met in March for a small round table interview high above the South Bank in London.

When Peter was both charming and gracious.

Which just goes to show what a good actor he is when tackling roles like The Thick Of It’s Malcolm Tucker.

He stars this Easter weekend in a new two-hour ITV1 drama.

My feature is in today’s Manchester Evening News and below, along with a few extras.