U.S. net Smithsonian Channel has commissioned Story House Productions and Parthenon Entertainment to make Forensic Firsts, a six-part series looking at the history of modern day forensic tools.
The series will premiere June 17 at 9 p.m. EST, with each episode weaving together two criminal cases: a headline-grabbing modern murder investigation, and the first case where a forensic technique was invented and tested in court.
“One of the Smithsonian Institution’s missions has been the development of forensic science,” said David Royle, Smithsonian Channel’s exec VP of programming and production.
“In the 1930s, America had few scientists with the skill and knowledge to study bones, so the FBI sought help from the National Museum of Natural History which has the country’s largest collection of human skeletons. Forensic Firsts provides lovers of popular crime dramas with fascinating insights into how the science of crime fighting has evolved.”
The series premiere will be available for free one-week prior to its June 17 premiere, at smithsonianchannel.com and through all of the network’s mobile apps.
The exec producers for Smithsonian Channel are Royle and Charles Poe, while the exec producers for Story House Productions are Andreas Gutzeit and Anne Garofalo Paterno.