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Channel 5 lines up Oscar Pistorius doc

Channel 5 in the UK has tapped Barcroft Productions to produce Blade Runner On Trial: The Evidence (working title), to air in June.
May 10, 2013

Channel 5 in the UK has tapped Barcroft Productions to produce Blade Runner On Trial: The Evidence (working title), to air in June.

The special will feature two top South African lawyers going through the questions that will likely be asked at the upcoming trial of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Blade Runner on Trial: The Evidence will use forensic tests and a replica of Pistorius’ bedroom and bathroom to hypothesize what happened on February 14, and also examine the relationship between Steenkamp and Pistorius. The program was commissioned by Simon Raikes, commissioning editor at Channel 5.

“Blanket news coverage means everyone now has a view on what happened on the night of Reeva’s death – and this special analyzes the evidence that will prove crucial during Oscar’s trial,” said Sam Barcroft, creative director at Barcroft Productions. “Using an adventurous and forensic approach, we enable viewers to get to grips with the trial of the century.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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