If you had a time machine, it is pretty unlikely that you would choose to visit London in the 19th Century. Between the fog, the smog, the dirt, the rogues, the ruffians, the pick pockets, the opium addicts, Jack the Ripper, and every villain who ever stumbled into a Sherlock Holmes novel, it doesn’t sound like a nice spot for a vacation. Now, a horror story, the bleak streets of 19th century London is the perfect place for a maudlin tale of human depravity.
Tim Burton made recent converts to the tale of “Sweeney Todd” with his elaborate production starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter. However, the story of fictional serial killer and barber, Sweeney Todd, has frightened theater-goers for over a century. In 2006, the BBC brought their hometown touch to the blood-soaked story and put it on the small screen. The ghastly production stars Ray Winstone as the razor-wielding Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the inimitable Essie Davis as his pie shop-owning accomplice Mrs. Lovett. For your viewing pleasure, we’re showing the BBC’s production at 6 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to exploring the various heinous acts attributed to the London-based butcher, this production also takes a look back at the events that fueled Sweeney Todd’s murderous rampage. Trust us, you’ll want to watch, but you won’t want to pay a visit to Fleet Street any time soon.
Here’s a little sampling of the delights of “Sweeney Todd”:
‘Sweeney Todd’ airs on IFC on Monday March 28th at 6 p.m. ET