AMC Networks International UK has ordered a trio of crime documentaries from indie Peninsula Films for their CBS Reality channel, TVWise has learned. Two of the documentaries (Uncovering Melanie’s Murderer and Slave To Love) are one-offs, while the third (The Day I Should Have Died) is a ten part series.
“With crime documentaries resonating so well with our audience, CBS Reality’s aim is to continue to present our viewers with the most intriguing and challenging crime cases”, said Sam Rowden, AMC Networks International UK’s Director of Programming for CBS Reality and New Media.
Uncovering Melanie’s Murderer explores the case of Melanie Road, who was found dead, just yards from her home, in 1984. It would take detective three decasdes to finally close the investigation. This one-off special, which is set to air on Monday August 29th at 10pm, will use a mixture of first-hand accounts from key witnesses, commentators and location footage to trace the case from the beginning to its recent conclusion,
Slave To Love delves intro the infamous Graham Dwyer case. Dwyer, was an Irish architect, a seemingly respectful, successful professional and family man who killed his sex slave Elaine O’Hara in the Dublin mountains and then tried to conceal her body. After a year-long investigation, Elaine’s body was discovered and Dwyer was identified as the killer after they discovered some disturbing text and videos.
Finally, The Day I Should Have Died is described as a “compelling” series that covers a different survivor’s grueling tale of cheating death each week. The first episode tells the story of Gill Hicks, a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings. The ten part series, set to air this Autumn, will also focus on stories of people who have escaped serial killers, shootings and natural disasters.
“We are thrilled with the three commissions for CBS Reality. Creating thought provoking, stimulating content is what we do at Peninsula, and we are delighted that the CBS Reality audience of crime fans will have the chance to see these shows exclusively on the channel”, added David Harvey, Managing Director of Peninsula Films.