5Star is stocking up on crime.
The Channel 5 owned and operated digi-net has ordered four one-off factual crime specials – Killed On Camera, Murdered By My Stalker, Stabbed In The Back and Murdered By My Girlfriend – from independent production company Spun Gold.
All four specials were commissioned by 5Star Channel Manager Sebastian Cardwell. They are produced by Jared Wright, edited by Stephanie Harvie Campbell and executive produced by Bridget Boseley.
The order further extends the relationship with 5Star, who previously commissioned Spun Gold to produce When Teens Kill. “We’re delighted to be continuing our strong relationship with the Channel 5 family through these new commissions”, said Spun Gold MD Daniela Neumann. “There’s a huge demand for crime and investigation programming in the UK and worldwide, and it’s a genre were focused on growing as we build Spun Gold’s programming slate.”
Killed On Camera tells the story of a family’s quest to find out how a snuff movie fantasist, known by the police for sexual predatory behaviour, was allowed to go on and murder Georgia Williams. Murdered By My Stalker investigates stalking, which affects one in five women in the UK, and the need for better support for more of its victims. It features the brutal killing of Alice Ruggles, whose ex-boyfriend became obsessed with her after she called off their relationship. Despite Alice informing the police of his stalking behaviour, he was able to break into her home and kill her in a cold blooded execution.
Stabbed In The Back investigates the stabbing of 20-year-old Sam Caulfield in Crawley, West Sussex. Four of Sam’s friends all deny their involvement and the documentary unearths the truth behind who killed Sam, as his family share their story of how this ultimate betrayal has changed their lives forever. Murdered By My Girlfriend explores three shocking cases in the UK where women have been convicted of the murder or manslaughter of the men in their lives. Told through those closest to the cases including families, police, journalists and experts, this documentary explores what drives a woman take a man’s life.