A+E Networks UK’s Crime & Investigation Network has renewed their factual series Britain’s Darkest Taboos for an additional two seasons, the show’s second and third. Both seasons will consist of 8 hour-long episodes. The second season will air later this year, while season three is slated to air in 2014.
Britain’s Darkest Taboos goes behind the headlines and explores some of the most high profiles criminal cases that have shocked Britain over the past two decades. With intimate family interviews, never-before-seen footage and accurate reconstructions, the eye-opening series delve into the dark depths of horrific events in the country’s recent history and discover the real story behind the headlines. Including key evidence and analysis from expert psychologists, each episode will unlock the timeline and criminal minds behind these shocking real-life crimes. The series is produced ITV Studios with Miles Jarvis serving as the executive producer.
The renewal of the series for an additional two seasons marks the first time that A+E Networks UK has renewed a series for two seasons in one commission. The decision comes after Britain’s Darkest Taboos first season attracted an audience which posted gains of 424% on the channel’s slot average, ranking as the channel’s highest ever rated show. In addition, Britain’s Darkest Taboos achieved 5,870,965 Facebook impressions, 1,500 Twitter followers and 65,000 organic YouTube views.
“Britain’s Darkest Taboos drew record numbers of viewers to the channel last year so we are delighted to announce that we have commissioned a further two series of this compelling series”, said Koulla Anastasi, Head of Acquisitions & Commissioning for Crime & Investigation Network & BIO at A+E Networks UK. “ITV Studios produced a gripping series that sensitively explored some of the most disturbing cases of familial crime in the UK and the devastating effects these atrocities have had on the victims’ loved ones. We look forward to working closely with ITV Studios on a further two seasons as they shine a light on more of the UK’s darkest taboos.”
While Executive Producer Miles Jarvis added: “We are very proud of Britain’s Darkest Taboos so naturally were thrilled with the success of series 1. We’re very much looking forward to working with Koulla and her team on series 2 and 3.”