UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has expanded its factual crime slate for its digital 5Star channel with a raft of commissions from British prodco Spun Gold Television.
Anchoring the multiple series order are the one-off, hour-long documentaries Killed on Camera, which follows a family’s quest to determine how Jamie Reynolds, previously known to police, was able to kill 17-year-old Georgia Williams; and Murdered By My Stalker (1 x 60 minutes; pictured), which investigates the crime of stalking in the UK and the need for better support for its victims.
The 60-minute special Stabbed in the Back, meanwhile, investigates the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Sam Caulfield in West Sussex. The doc attempts to unearth who killed Caulfield after four of his friends were convicted of, but denied, the murder. The film also shares how the ultimate betrayal changed the lives of the Caulfields forever.
Rounding out the stable of commissions is Murdered By My Girlfriend. The 1 x 60 minute film explores three British cases in which women have been convicted of the murder or manslaughter of their significant others. The special features interviews with those closest to the cases, including families, police, journalists and experts.
“There’s a huge demand for crime and investigation programming in the UK and worldwide, and it’s a genre we’re focused on growing as we build Spun Gold’s programming slate,” said Spun Gold MD Daniela Neumann in a statement.
The package of commissions comes as the London-based producer’s series When Teens Kill (4 x 60 minutes) is set to broadcast on 5Star. The series utilizes first-hand interviews from police detectives, families and experts to explore the UK’s most infamous teenagers convicted of murder or manslaughter.