A TV drama exploring a real-life murder plot in a Buckinghamshire village has been nominated for six BAFTA TV awards.

Four-part true crime drama The Sixth Commandment aired on the BBC last summer, telling the complex story that led to the deaths of Peter Farquhar and Anne-Moore Martin in the village of Maids Moreton.

The series, which received critical praise when it aired, has been nominated an impressive six times at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' 2024 TV awards. 

Timothy Spall and Anne Reid, who played the two pensioners cruelly manipulated by murderer Ben Field, have been nominated in the Lead Actor and Actress categories respectively while Éanna Hardwicke, who played Field, has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

The Sixth Commandment is also recognised in the Best Limited Drama, Best Drama Writer and Best Photography and Lighting categories.

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The series followed Ben Field as he manipulated Peter Farquhar into changing his will to make him the legal benefactor before murdering him in October 2015.

Field then went on to take advantage of pensioner Ann Moore-Martin, another Maids Moreton resident, who he had a sexual relationship with before also asking her to change her will.

Ms Moore-Martin died in May 2017 from natural causes after altering her will to benefit her family instead of Field.

Before her death, she told her niece about her relationship with the killer, leading the police to establish a connection between the three individuals and putting Field on trial for murder in 2019.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 36 years.