Investigation Discovery (ID) has greenlit three real-life crime series: British Police Murdered on Duty, Britain’s Deadliest Lovers and Faking It: Tears of a Crime.
British Police Murdered on Duty, presented by Rav Wilding, is about police officers murdered in the line of duty. The 3×60 produced by Woodcut Media tells the stories of the most high profile police murders of the past 50 years including the infamous Shepherd’s Bush murders, Dale Cregan’s murder of PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bones and the murder of PC Ian Broadhurst. Keshet International has worldwide distribution rights.
Britain’s Deadliest Lovers (6×60) produced by Crackit Productions details real-life stories of love that end in murder. Through reconstruction, personal archives and interviews with the victim’s and killer’s families, the real crime series brings to life six stories about the destructive capacity of love. This includes the real story behind hit drama The Secret, Northern Ireland’s most notorious double murders committed by dentist Colin Howell who is serving a minimum of 21 years for gassing his wife and love rival with the help of his lover.
Faking It: Tears of a Crime, a 2×60 special produced by Shearwater Media, looks at the phenomenon of high profile criminal cases where people publically feign innocence about a crime they have committed, such as the case of Mick Philpott found guilty of causing the death of six of his children by arson. From parents who have kidnapped their own children to husbands who have murdered their wives, the series looks at criminals who tried to deceive the public into believing that they too were the victims, rather than the perpetrators of crime.
Clare Laycock, VP Head of TLC and Investigation Discovery at Discovery Networks UK & Ireland said: “Investigation Discovery is thriving with its ‘real crime, all the time’ positioning, tapping into what is a hugely popular and growing genre. The first ever slate of original UK commissions enriches the schedule with fascinating, dark and complex stories of real crime that shook the nation.”
The slate was ordered by Clare Laycock and commissioned by Mark Procter, Discovery’s Acting Head of Factual-Entertainment.
For ID, Steve Jones is the EP on Britain’s Deadliest Lovers and Faking It: Tears of a Crime and Natalie Smith is the EP for British Police Murdered on Duty. Kate Beal is the EP at Woodcut Media, Jason Wells and Elaine Hackett are the EPs at Crackit Productions and Steve Anderson is the EP at Shearwater Media.
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