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The Hunt for Raoul Moat is ITV’s new three-part true crime drama depicting Raoul Moat’s murders and him subsequent week-long attempt to run from the law. The real-life events took place in 2010, days after Moat was released from prison for assaulting a child. As the series was in the works, the drama’s creators received some backlash claiming that the killings were still all too fresh in viewers’ minds.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from ITVX.
During a Q&A for The Hunt for Raoul Moat before its release on ITV, journalist Nina Hossain presented some of the show’s cast and crew with some difficult questions.
Among them was a question from a publication that stated it had received a lot of feedback from readers regarding the upcoming drama.
Despite the incident taking place 13 years ago, those who remember the initial incident claim it was “still too soon and they would rather forget Raoul Moat”.
Producer Jake Lushington, however, believes it is important that the story is told within “living memory” of those who were there at the time.
Explaining to press, including Express.co.uk, Lushington said: “Thirteen years is not the shortest period of time to tell a drama in retrospect.
“But again, of course, it’s within living memory of a lot of people who are affected by it and it was a very traumatic incident.
“I think there’s a danger and I think this is again going back to this idea of what we know, what we remember, that if we do not tell the story within the lifetime of people who were there, and people who remember, this “legend” of a man against the system who was outwitting the cops, and had rights somehow on his side, which you know, many people believed, and some people still believe, it won’t really be challenged.
“It won’t, be challenged in a meaningful way, but for the communities that live through it, and for the victims who suffered from it.”
Lushington continued: “In that sense, if you leave it too long, it becomes an impossible story to actually [tell], in a way for people to remember it and have emotions about it and revisit. It is part of the process.
“Drama is cathartic. Obviously, we don’t want to just needlessly upset people and needlessly throw it in people’s faces.
“But also we think there’s a light that needs to be shined on this incident within living memory, so that people can actually wrestle with what it did mean for us, and who really suffered and what really happened.
“So it’s a tough one. You won’t please everybody, but I think there is a strong case for it.”
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In 2010, just days after being released from Durham Prison, Moat went out to find his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart.
When he discovered where she was, he shot dead her new partner martial arts teacher Christopher Brown, before killing Samantha too.
The following day, Moat shot unarmed PC David Rathband twice on a roundabout by the A1 in Newcastle.
While Rathband survived the attack, he lost his sight thanks to the attack and two years later took his own life.
Police would eventually have a six-hour stand-off with Moat, with the killer holding a sawn-off shotgun to his neck.
In the early hours of the morning, gunshots were fired and he was pronounced dead on July 10, 2010.
The inquest into his death concluded that the armed officers behaved properly during the stand-off.
The Hunt for Raoul Moat is available to watch on ITV and ITVX.
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