ITV ‘profiting from Lucan murder case’

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The son of the woman thought to have been murdered by Lord Lucan has accused ITV of “profiting” from her death by making a new drama about the infamous crime.

James Bond star Rory Kinnear plays Lucan, who vanished after his family’s nanny Sandra Rivett was found bludgeoned to death, in the upcoming drama.

The two-part drama is based on John Pearson’s book The Gamblers, which claims Lucan’s high-rolling friends, who included Sir James Goldsmith and John Aspinall, spirited him out of the country after the murder.

Ms Rivett’s son Neil Berriman, who was given up for adoption when he was a baby and only discovered his mother’s identity when he was 40, told the Radio Times: “They have invited me to watch the drama but I have got no intentions of going.

“The programme is not entertainment. They are profiting from my mum’s death.”

Mr Berriman, from Liphook, Hampshire, said he had got to know Lucan’s daughter, Camilla Bingham, since he learned about his mother.

He said: “Camilla and I both 
want closure and justice for my mother.”

A spokesman for the channel said: “ITV has contacted everyone immediately connected with the story and given them a chance to engage and discuss any concerns.

“No one connected with this story had declared they were unhappy about us pursuing the drama.

“This includes the Lucan family and, in particular, the family of Sandra Rivett.”

But Ms Bingham said “the collective Lucan family has never endorsed this drama”.