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Channel 4 drama Deceit on Rachel Nickell’s murder gets first trailer

FIRST LOOK: Niamh Algar stars as an undercover cop used as bait for a suspected killer after Rachel Nickell’s murder in Channel 4 drama

The first trailer for the new Channel 4 drama Deceit was released on Thursday.

Deception follows the investigation into the murder of Rachel Nickell, in which an undercover cop, codenamed Lizzie James, was used as bait to capture an innocent man, Colin Stagg.

Opening with Lizzie (played by Irish actress Niamh Algar), the scene plays out as a news reporter announces, “The brutal murder of Rachel Nickell has shocked the nation.”

Tensed: Niamh Algar (pictured) is an undercover cop used as bait for a suspected murderer following the murder of Rachel Nickell in trailer for Channel 4 drama Deceit, released Thursday

FIRST LOOK: Niamh Algar stars as an undercover cop used as bait for a suspected killer after Rachel Nickell’s murder in Channel 4 drama

Lizzie is then seen with Detective Keith Pedder (Harry Treadaway), who shows her a picture of Colin next to a police sketch.

He tells her, “We put that in Crimewatch and half the estate called to name him. We need a very special secret officer.”

And Lizzie’s role was to be a honey trap, befriending the prime suspect to trick him into a “confession.”

For five months, Lizzie called and wrote to the innocent loner Stagg, even with the possibility of sex as bait.

Innocent: Deceit follows an undercover cop known by the code name Lizzie James who is used as bait to capture an innocent man, Colin Stagg (Sion Daniel Young, pictured)

Innocent: Deceit follows an undercover cop known by the code name Lizzie James who is used as bait to capture an innocent man, Colin Stagg (Sion Daniel Young, pictured)

Innocent: Deceit follows an undercover cop known by the code name Lizzie James who is used as bait to capture an innocent man, Colin Stagg (Sion Daniel Young, pictured)

And it seems the investigation is taking its toll on Lizzie, as she looks anxious as her relationship with Stagg continues to grow.

Her confidant Baz (Nathaniel Martello-White) warns her, “If they’re right about this man, he’s going to kill again.”

And it’s clear that the investigation is starting to take its toll on Lizzie, as one scene leaves her crying as she admits, “I can’t crack him.”

Drama: Lizzie's role was to be a honey trap, befriending the prime suspect to trick him into a 'confession', and spent five months calling and writing to the innocent loner Stagg

Drama: Lizzie's role was to be a honey trap, befriending the prime suspect to trick him into a 'confession', and spent five months calling and writing to the innocent loner Stagg

Drama: Lizzie’s role was to be a honey trap, befriending the prime suspect to trick him into a ‘confession’, and spent five months calling and writing to the innocent loner Stagg

Despite her fears, the police are clearly determined to continue pursuing the case as they tell her she is “so close” to getting him.

There was never any evidence linking Mr Stagg to the murder of Mrs Nickell, who was stabbed 49 times in July 1992 at the age of 23 in front of her young son at Wimbledon Common.

Yet he was still charged and spent a year in pre-trial detention before the case collapsed in 1994 when a judge dismissed the police evidence as inadmissible and described the honeytrap operation as “reprehensible.”

Lizzie paid a heavy price for her involvement, taking early retirement in 1998 at the age of 33 and three years later being paid £125,000 in compensation after claiming the Met hadn’t supported her enough.

Crime: There was never any evidence linking Mr Stagg to the murder of Mrs Nickell, who was stabbed 49 times in July 1992 at the age of 23 in front of her young son at Wimbledon Common.

Crime: There was never any evidence linking Mr Stagg to the murder of Mrs Nickell, who was stabbed 49 times in July 1992 at the age of 23 in front of her young son at Wimbledon Common.

Crime: There was never any evidence linking Mr Stagg to the murder of Mrs Nickell, who was stabbed 49 times in July 1992 at the age of 23 in front of her young son at Wimbledon Common.

In 2008, Robert Napper was finally convicted of the manslaughter of Mrs. Nickell.

Channel 4 has said the script is based on previously unheard of audio, video and written material from the bungled investigation.

And it was also revealed that the drama will “explore the complicated and toxic sexual politics of the early 1990s and the police’s obsession with the wrong man.”

Deceit hasn’t been given a release date yet, but it will air on Channel 4 and be available on 4OD.

True story: Lizzie paid a heavy price for her involvement, taking early retirement in 1998 at the age of 33 and three years later receiving £125,000 in compensation from the Met police

True story: Lizzie paid a heavy price for her involvement, taking early retirement in 1998 at the age of 33 and three years later receiving £125,000 in compensation from the Met police

True story: Lizzie paid a heavy price for her involvement, taking early retirement in 1998 at the age of 33 and three years later receiving £125,000 in compensation from the Met police

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