Candour Productions is to make three-parter Inside the Coroners, for Channel 5.

The documentary has access to the Royal Hospital Preston, Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire County Council, to look at how the Coroner and his officers work out what has happened following the discovery of a body.

The 360-degree series will track the body from the moment it is found or brought into the mortuary to the inquest months later.

Each episode looks at a number of different stories and the families at the centre of them. Following the Coroner and his officers, who are specially trained to work with relatives. Each episode follows the same Coroner, officers, and precinct, as they work to understand what is the cause of death.

Channel 5 Commissioning Editor Daniel Pearl says: “Channel 5 is Award-winning for operating in a space that others may shy away from, and it is important to us to look at tough subjects in a sensitive and engaging manner. Inside the Coroners does just that, and we couldn’t think of a better partner than Candour Productions for this breakthrough documentary series. The team at Candour specialise in content that makes a difference, and we think that our Channel 5 audiences will find Inside the Coroners truly fascinating.”

Anna Hall Executive Producer at Candour says: “Packed full of drama and unfolding intrigue, these stories give an insight into a world rarely seen on television – the mortuary and the decisions taken in real time by each of the highly skilled professionals working on the ground. This is a new way of telling a detective story with a whole new cast of professionals – from the pathologist to the detectives to the mortuary staff to the doctors at the hospital piecing together what has happened – and of course the Coroner himself.”

Inside the Coroners is commissioned by Daniel Pearl and executive produced by Anne Hall at Candour Productions.

Pippa Considine

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