London-based prodco Woodcut Media, part of the Anthology Group, is producing a docuseries for British commercial broadcast UKTV that will look at the impact a murderer has on their own family.
The Killer in My Family (6 x 45 minutes; internationally titled My Deadly Relation) will approach murder through the lens of the perpetrator’s family and ex-partners, and the impact their devious act had on them. The series will set out to answer a series of questions, including whether there were early signs of the killer’s motives, and what those closest to the killer felt once they discovered the truth.
Episodes will feature interviews with loved ones of the notorious murderers, including Ian Huntley, Fred West, Richard Ramirez, Phillip Fraser, Levi Bellfield and Surjit Athwal. Along with interviews, each story will include news coverage, personal archive, police and journalist testimony of those involved in the case, and psychological analysis from experts who examine how the family dealt with the trauma.
Executive producers on the series are Kate Beal and Matthew Gordon for Woodcut Media; Paul Heaney of TCB Media Rights; and Daniel Thomas for UKTV. Thomas also brokered the deal for the broadcaster as UKTV’s acquisitions manager.
UKTV has pre-invested in the series. TCB Media Rights is providing the deficit financing and handling international distribution.
The Killer in My Family premieres on UKTV’s Really channel in January 2019.