Crime and Punishment (2002 TV series)

Crime and Punishment is a two-part British television crime drama series, based upon the 1866 novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, that first broadcast on BBC2 on 12 February 2002.[1] The novel was adapted for television by playwright Tony Marchant, and was directed by Julian Jarrold.[2]

Crime and Punishment
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GenreCrime drama
Created byFyodor Dostoyevsky
Written byTony Marchant
Directed byJulian Jarrold
StarringJohn Simm
Ian McDiarmid
Shaun Dingwall
Geraldine James
Kate Ashfield
Lara Belmont
Mark Benton
Katrin Cartlidge
ComposerAdrian Johnston
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes2 (list of episodes)
Executive producersKate Harwood
Jane Tranter
ProducerDavid Snodin
CinematographyEigil Bryld
EditorChris Gill
Running time90 minutes
Production companyBBC Worldwide
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9 (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release12 February (2002-02-12) –
13 February 2002 (2002-02-13)

John Simm stars as Rodya Raskolnikov, a former student who plans the murder of a pawnbroker to alleviate his financial problems, but also as an existential exercise, feeling himself able to commit such acts without guilt, remorse or justification.[3] The series was broadcast over two consecutive nights, airing in the 9:00-10:30pm slot. The series was released on DVD on 25 August 2008, via 2|Entertain.[4]


The series was filmed in St. Petersburg. Simm said of his role as Raskolnikov; "The hard job for me is to make the viewer understand why Raskolnikov kills. But that is helped by seeing the place that he has to live in, it was absolutely disgusting. He is a very intelligent guy, who is slowly driven to madness by the things he sees around him."[5]


The series gathered mixed reviews in the press, with The Guardian claiming that "As Raskolnikov, the murderer, John Simm is the spindle the whole thing whirls around. He gives a vivid performance and looks like a vicious angel. In the current Augean state of the stables, I am not able to find fault with this well-bred winner"; while The Telegraph were more scathing, writing "It's as if scriptwriter Tony Marchant and director Julian Jarrold had decided to take the setting and crime-drama structure of Crime and Punishment and ditch the philosophical core, the engine that gives everything meaning."[6]



No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date Viewers
11"Part 1"Julian JarroldTony Marchant12 February 2002 (2002-02-12)1.98[8]
Raskolnikov is a penniless young man incensed at the injustice he sees around him. Believing no one will miss her, he decides to rob and kill an old woman. But his own guilty conscience and the psychological skills of the murder investigator prove to be his undoing.[7]
22"Part 2"Julian JarroldTony Marchant13 February 2002 (2002-02-13)N/A
Still haunted by his crime, Raskolnikov is visited in St Petersburg by his mother and sister Dunya, both of whom are alarmed by his worsening condition. Meanwhile, a dogged Porfiry remains on Raskolnikov's trail, convinced of his guilt but lacking conclusive evidence.[9]


  1. ^ "Crime and Punishment (TV Miniseries) (2002)".
  2. ^ "Crime and Punishment [Part One] | BFI | BFI". Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Crime and Punishment". 12 February 2002 – via
  4. ^ "Crime and Punishment". 25 August 2008 – via Amazon.
  5. ^ "BBC - Drama - Crime and Punishment".
  6. ^ Deans, Jason (13 February 2002). "Crime and Punishment". the Guardian.
  7. ^ "Crime and Punishment - BBC Two England - 12 February 2002 - BBC Genome".
  8. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes - BARB".
  9. ^ "Crime and Punishment - BBC Two England - 13 February 2002 - BBC Genome".

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