UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a new two-part true crime docuseries on the first murder case ever filmed in Glasgow High Court, co-commissioned by BBC2 and BBC Scotland.
Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming follows the investigation and trial of co-accused carers Edward Cairney and Avril Jones in the murder of vulnerable adult Margaret Fleming.
Cairney and Jones, who were Fleming’s full-time carers, were first investigated in 2016 following a suspicious Personal Independence Payment. When police went to a remote coastal property in the village of Inverkip, where Fleming was known to have lived, they encountered neighbors who told them the 35-year-old woman had not been seen for almost 20 years, having disappeared, unreported, in 1999.
The two-part doc tells the story of the murder trial that followed, in which Cairney and Jones stand accused of killing Fleming, disposing of her body and claiming benefits in her name for 16 years. It offers insight into the work of the police and prosecutors in bringing the two suspects to trial, and exploring the work of the defense teams representing the two accused of Fleming’s murder.
Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming is produced by Firecrest Films for BBC Scotland and BBC2. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller of BBC2; Clare Silley, head of commissioning, documentaries; and David Harron, commissioning executive, factual for BBC Scotland. The commissioning editors for the BBC are David Harron, Hamish Fergusson and Max Gogarty. Executive producers for Firecrest are Iain Scollay and Lorraine McKechnie. The series is directed by Matt Pinder.
A release date has not yet been set.