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ID, C5 to coproduce Cleveland kidnappings doc

U.S. net Investigation Discovery and British broadcaster Channel 5 are coproducing a quick turnaround doc on the Cleveland kidnappings, made by ITN Productions.
May 16, 2013

U.S. net Investigation Discovery (ID) and British broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) are coproducing a quick turnaround doc on the Cleveland kidnappings, made by ITN Productions and set to air in the UK next Wednesday (May 22).

The doc, which C5 is calling Ohio Slave Girls:┬áTheir Story, will air at 10 p.m. GMT, and questions how Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus “ended up trapped for over a decade in a house no-one thought to look in and why the girls might not have tried to escape.”

The three girls were originally reported missing in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively, before re-surfacing last week. Ohio resident Ariel Castro has been charged with kidnapping and raping the three girls. The case continues.

In the U.S., ID’s working title for the doc is House of Horrors: The Cleveland Kidnappings. The program promises exclusive interviews with neighbors and family witnesses, expert psychologists, and criminologists.

It was commissioned for C5 by Emma Westcott, commissioning editor for news and popular factual, and is being exec produced for ITN Productions by Guy Davies.

The news comes after UK network BBC3 previously commissioned Mentorn Media to make a 60-minute, fast-turnaround doc on the Cleveland kidnappings, as previously reported.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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