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CBS Reality, Peninsula Films reveal crime slate

AMC Networks International UK has commissioned a trio of crime documentaries set to air this fall on the British factual entertainment channel. (Pictured: CBS Reality's Sam Rowden)
August 19, 2016

AMC Networks International UK has commissioned a trio of crime documentaries set to air on British factual entertainment channel CBS Reality this fall.

All three films are produced by Peninsula Films and have been commissioned by CBS Reality’s Sam Rowden (pictured).

The hour-long documentary Uncovering Melanie’s Murderer will revisit the case of 17-year-old Melanie Road, who was fatally stabbed and raped just feet from her Bath, England home in 1984. Despite investigations by law enforcement, her killer remained undetected for more than three decades before advancements in forensic science uncovered the killer.

The film, which premieres August 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will provide first-hand accounts from the original detectives working on the case, key witnesses and location footage to retrace the investigation.

Elsewhere, the 60-minute special Slave to Love focuses on the story of Irish architect Graham Dwyer who murdered his sex slave Elaine O’Hara in 2012 and attempted to conceal her body for more than a year before it was discovered by a dog trainer on wooded land near Kilakee in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

The Day I Should Have Died (10 x 60 minutes), meanwhile, will uncover a different survivor’s tale of cheating death, from surviving the 7/7 London bombings to escaping serial killers, shootings and natural disasters.

Both The Day I Should Have Died and Slave to Love are scheduled to premiere later in the year.

CBS Reality – a JV between CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International UK – most recently commissioned the Donal MacIntyre-presented Murderers and their Mothers, a copro with Foxtel Australia and DRG and produced by Emporium Productions.

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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