Global unscripted giant Discovery has commissioned indie UK prodco Woodcut Media, a member of the Anthology Group of businesses, to produce a new true crime series alongside a second season of The Killer in My Family.
British Police: Our Toughest Cases (6 x 60 minutes; pictured) explores extreme criminal cases that devastated communities and defined entire law enforcement careers, sometimes taking decades to solve. Using in-depth interviews with involved CSIs, detectives, family liaison officers and arresting officers, the series seeks to provide new insights into the cases from the law enforcement perspective.
The series was ordered by Clare Laycock, SVP head of lifestyle and entertainment brands at Discovery, and commissioned by Charlotte Reid, senior director of production and development. Romy Page is commissioning executive for Discovery’s Quest Red. Matthew Gordon and Kate Beal are executive producers for Woodcut. Solange Attwood is executive producer for Blue Ant International.
Meanwhile, The Killer in My Family returns to explore homicide and its impact from the perspectives of murderers’ family members and those who knew the killers personally.
The second season is executive produced by Jamie Watkins, content sourcing and acquisition manager at Discovery. Gordon and Beal executive produce for Woodcut, and Attwood for Blue Ant.
Blue Ant International will act as worldwide distributor (outside of the UK) and has provided deficit financing for the new season.
Both shows will appear on Discovery’s free-to-air channel Quest Red.