BBC Studios Documentary Unit has produced Murder Case: Digital Detectives for Channel 4 – a crime series revealing the ground-breaking digital techniques helping police solve murders on Britain’s streets.

The three-part series explores the role of online networks, digital phone footprints, voice messaging, texts, and DMs, in a new type of murder investigation using clues left by our tech lives.

Telling the inside stories of three individual landmark cases, Murder Case: Digital Detectives follows the police officers and digital forensics experts as they track their suspects through their virtual trails. Each episode has privileged access to a different force; Nottinghamshire Police, Police Scotland, and Thames Valley Police.

Interviews with the investigative teams are intercut with high-end visuals, archive and graphics, which allow viewers to visualise the data matrix, moving between the real and virtual world, to build and create a digital crime board. Throughout each episode, these visual effects will help connect the evidence and bring to life the breakthroughs in the detectives’ investigations.

Joe Mather, Creative Director, BBC Studios Documentary said: “We’re proud to have made this ground-breaking series for Channel 4 which we’ve produced in close consultation with the families of the victims. It’s a boxed-set full of revelatory insights into how digital forensics units are constantly evolving to outsmart criminals. These crimes are often fuelled by social media, now we get to see how detectives are turning the tables, using the digital breadcrumbs left by murderers to bring them to justice.”

Murder Case: Digital Detectives has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Alisa Pomeroy and Will Rowson. For BBC Studios the Creative Directors are Joe Mather and Abigail Priddle, Executive Producers are Lucie Ridout and Tom Currie, the Series Producer is Elliott Swinburn.

It will be broadcast weekly on Channel 4 from Monday 15th April and is available to stream now on Channel 4+.


Pippa Considine

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