This fascinating account of identity fraud which even fooled-or did it?- a missing teenagers parents premieres tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.


The Imposter


This film raises more questions than it answers and confirms the edict that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. By the end of Bart Layton’s The Imposter you will be no clearer to learning the truth about what happened to the missing child Nicholas Barclay than you were at the beginning and any sympathies you may have felt for either Frederic Bourdin-the imposter of the title- or Barclay’s family will have diminished through recriminations, accusations, mistrust and outright confusion. It is a compelling document of unravelling events even if it is wholly unsatisfying in its lack of resolve.

The story begins in 1995 when a blue eyed fourteen year old boy goes missing from Texas after a family argument. Reported to the police the case met with little interest and the only people who were overly concerned were the boy’s family. Or were they? Right from the…

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