Mother’s anger as BBC Sherwood drama over daughter’s murder tears family apart again

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Anne MacPherson has accused the BBC of reopening the family’s wounds by focusing on the shotgun murder of her daughter Chanel in her drama Sherwood, which begins tomorrow

Terry Rodgers with his newly married daughter Chanel Taylor
Terry Rodgers with his newly married daughter Chanel Taylor

The mother of a murdered newlywed was horrified to learn the BBC is basing a new series on the tragedy.

Anne MacPherson has accused the broadcaster of reopening the family’s wounds by focusing on the shotgun murder of her daughter Chanel in its drama Sherwood, which begins tomorrow.

Just weeks after 23-year-old Chanel walked down the aisle in 2004, she was shot and killed by her abusive father Terry Rodgers, 55.

Rodgers, who was violent towards his wife and three children, hid from police in the woods for three weeks.

When he was caught, prosecutors refused to accept his denial of murder but admission of manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.







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He went on a hunger strike and died a month before his murder trial in March 2006. He never said why he killed Chanel.

Anne said, “How dare you do a show about my poor daughter that millions will watch?”

The creators of Sherwood reached out to Anne, from South Normanton, Derbyshire, and said the drama would be made with sensitivity.

But she said: “How can the murder of my daughter be acted out sensitively? I didn’t want anything to do with it.







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“I don’t want to watch it but I reluctantly have to because I need to see how my daughter and our family are portrayed and what they say about us.

“You’re tearing my family apart again and we’re going to get the backlash. The program bought everything back for me. It makes me so mad.

“They don’t know what they did to my family for so-called entertainment.

“You better not win gongs for this show.







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“The whole nightmare… we’re just going through this again. It wears me down.”

The six-part series will also feature the independent killing of a former miner.

He was murdered in Annesley Woodhouse, Notts – the same village where Chanel was shot.

Anne said time never heals and she misses Chanel as much now as she did when she first lost her.







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“I suffer from headaches, but this has given me the biggest headache right now that won’t go away,” she said.

Sherwood, which stars David Morrissey, Phillip Jackson, Lorraine Ashbourne and Joanne Froggatt, was written by James Graham.

Set in a mining village near Nottingham, where he grew up, it sees two murders rocking a community already fragmented by the miners’ strikes of the 1980s.

Graham, who has written numerous other dramas including Quiz and Coalition, said: “It means to the world to have this opportunity to bring the voices of a community I grew up in to BBC One.”







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Shortly before Chanel was murdered, Robert Boyer brutally killed ex-miner Keith “Froggy” Frogson on his doorstep.

He was shot with a crossbow and hacked to death with a sword.

Boyer then set fire to the house where his victim’s daughter and her husband were still inside.

Both Boyer and Rodgers fled to woods and evaded police arrest for weeks.







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More than 450 officers participated in the search for the men, and Rodgers “Wanted Posters” were posted on lampposts and storefronts.

Boyer, 42, later admitted manslaughter and received an indefinite hospital order from Nottingham Crown Court.

Sherwood is described as “partially inspired by real events”.

Locals quickly panned the property.







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One said: “What absolute rubbish. Make it all up, why don’t you.” Another dubbed it “codswallop.”

But David Morrissey, who plays a cop on the show, jumped to his defence.

He said: “I think one of the great things about drama is that it can personalize these events. Far too often for us, history is seen from afar and seen in front of numbers and digits.

“What is wonderful about his [Graham’s] Work is that he gives a voice to ordinary people. This is a drama that is mostly contemporary but depicts a much more complex time surrounding the miners’ strike.







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“It was very important to give all these people a voice. I’m very proud of the drama.”

A BBC spokesman said: “The production worked closely with a number of local people during the making of the series to ensure their stories were told with sensitivity and respected those who preferred not to be directly involved.

“As a result, the decision was made to heavily fictionalize the series rather than create a literal adaptation of events, including the invention of new characters, names and stories.

“Sherwood is a personal story by James Graham, inspired in part by events in the community in which he grew up for many years.”

■ Sherwood can be seen on BBC One tomorrow and Tuesdays at 9pm. It will also be available on iPlayer.

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