BBC2 investigates Raw TV’s “Murder at the Station”

UK pubcaster BBC2 has set a late September air date for the two-part true crime series Conviction: Murder at the Station (pictured), from BAFTA-nominated director James Newton.
September 9, 2016

BBC2 has ordered the two-part true crime series Conviction: Murder at the Station  from The Detectives director James Newton.

Produced by Raw TV, the series will follow Louise Shorter of Inside Justice, a specialist charity investigating alleged miscarriages of justice, and her team of experts as they search for evidence that could bring forth an appeal and potentially overturn the conviction of Roger Kearney, who was imprisoned for the murder of his mistress Paula Poolton.

The hour-long episodes will reveal the process of presenting a claim to the Criminal Cases Review Commission as Shorter and her team attempt to obtain a rare referral to the Court of Appeal.

The series will revisit the crime scene to investigate whether any crucial evidence was missed from CCTV footage – a key part of the prosecution’s winning case; invoke the expertise of a blood pattern analysis expert to uncover as much new information as possible; and utilize the latest in forensics testing in the eight years since the murder.

In October 2008, Poolton’s body was found in the trunk of a car 11 days after she was reported missing. Although no forensic evidence was found linking Kearney to the car, he would be charged and convicted of the murder two years later.

Raw TV’s head of UK factual Richard Bond¬†serves as executive producer. Victoria Musguin is producer. The two-part series was ordered by head of documentary commissioning Clare Sillery.

Conviction: Murder at the Station (pictured) is slated to premiere across BBC2 on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. BST.

“In gaining access to the work of Inside Justice, cameras capture the painstaking work that goes into these cases,” said Sillery in a statement. “With the bar for such referrals being set phenomenally high, viewers will get a sense of just what it takes to look for evidence which could potentially overturn a murder conviction.”


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