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ITV cooks up Gordon Ramsay, Piers Morgan projects for crime season

British commercial broadcaster ITV has unveiled its fall lineup of documentary films slated to premiere under the ‘Crime & Punishment’ banner. The forthcoming true crime season will offer viewers with programming ...
August 24, 2017

British commercial broadcaster ITV has unveiled its fall lineup of documentary films slated to premiere under the ‘Crime & Punishment’ banner.

The forthcoming true crime season will offer viewers with programming fronted by such well-known figures as Gordon Ramsay (pictured), Ross Kemp, Susanna Reid, Sir Trevor McDonald and Piers Morgan. Projects will reveal the dark side of human nature and society by providing fresh insight into hidden worlds, the criminal mind, the international cocaine trade, police investigations and how modern day Britain treats prisoners.

The ‘Crime & Punishment’ season was commissioned by Sue Murphy, ITV’s head of factual entertainment, and Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV’s controller of factual.

Films commissioned in the run include the Sir Trevor McDonald-presented An Hour to Catch a Killer (60 minutes; Potato) which provides unrestricted access to homicide detectives from Northumbria Police via body cams. The project is directed by John Holdsworth and exec produced by Ed Taylor and Michael Kelpie.

Meanwhile, Gordon on Cocaine (working title; 2 x 60 minutes; Studio Ramsay), is presented by Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay. The two-parter sees the MasterChef star set out to expose the destruction and cruelty of cocaine addiction.

Also slated to premiere this autumn is Ross Kemp in Jail – Inside Barlinnie (60 minutes; STV Productions), in which the BAFTA-winning investigative journalist embeds himself in Glasgow’s HMP Barlinnie, a prison that has served the city for nearly 150 years; Serial Killer with Piers Morgan (60 minutes; Plum Pictures), in which the British journalist enters Florida’s maximum security Blackwater Prison to interview convicted murderer Mark Riebe; and The Murder of Becky Watts – Inside the Investigation (60 minutes; The Garden Productions), about the mysterious 2015 disappearance of 16-year-old Becky Watts of Bristol, England.

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