The Trial of Christine Keeler is a new BBC drama examining the Profumo Scandal from the point of view of the young woman at the heart of it. At the end of last night’s (December 29) episode, the series honoured the late composer of the show, Jonathan Rhys Hill.
Who is Jonathan Rhys Hill, the composer honoured in The Trial of Christine Keeler?
New drama The Trial of Christine Keeler is currently airing as a six-part mini-series on BBC One.
The first episode was released on Sunday (December 29) and introduced viewers to the key characters in the true story.
The opener ended its credit sequence with a title card in honour of a composer named Jonathan Rhys Hill.
An image of him accompanied a caption reading: “In memory of Jonathan Rhys Hill.”
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Rhys Hill was the composer of the series, creating the iconic score which accompanies the drama.
The news of his death was published earlier in November via a Facebook post on SongLink & Cuesheet.
The tribute posted on November 26 read: “Very sad to hear about the sudden passing of Film/TV composer Jonathan Rhys Hill last week aged only 36.
“He was signed to Faber Music and had only just finished the score for major new BBC One series The Trial of Christine Keeler which starts soon. A great loss to the industry, RIP.”
Many tributes to the late composer accompanied the post.
Mike Guy wrote: “A shock to see the announcement on screen. He was a gifted composer and his passing is such a big loss.”
Another named Tilly Upton added: “Very sad indeed. I was just noticing how good the music for the end credits of the first episode was tonight, and then saw the tribute at the end.”
Larry Foster wrote: “Good grief, what a shock! So very young. May he RIP.”
According to his Faber Music biography, Rhys Hill was a Welsh composer for film and television.
He was a graduate of Cambridge University as well as the National Film and Television School.
The Welsh composer had an extremely successful career across both the big and small screen.
He worked on the 2018 BBC period drama The Long Song, which was based on a book by Andrea Levy.
Rhys Hill also worked as a composer on BAFTA-award winning drama Ellen, which aired on Channel 4 back in 2016.
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Across his career, he lent his talent to a number of docu-series, including Dispatches: The FGM Detectives, Miss Transgender UK: Britain’s new Beauty Queens and The Kids Who Can’t Stay Awake.
His other credits include the 2015 film Des Pardes and the ITV documentary Exposure special named Britain’s Secret Slaves.
In addition, the talented musician won an award for Best Score at the Go West Film Festival for his work on an animation called The Idea Thief.
Rhys Hill’s work on The Trial of Christine Keeler can be heard in the remainder of the series, which airs its second episode tonight before continuing on Sunday evenings.
The Trial of Christine Keeler continues tonight (December 30) on BBC One at 9pm.
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