A+E Networks UK has commissioned Brighton-based indie Hello Mary to produce a six-part docuseries fronted by English actress and television personality Denise Welch for its true crime network, Crime + Investigation.
The tentatively titled Survivors with Denise Welch will examine the trauma faced by survivors of horrific crimes and the “incredible effort” required to return to normalcy in the bloody aftermath.
Each episode will zero in on surviving victims that have since been forced to confront unimaginable terrors in crimes ranging from unprovoked stabbings by a stranger and acid attacks, to the victim of a three-hour filmed torture session.
Survivors will follow as Welch meets with survivors to reveal what thoughts were racing through their minds in the midst of an attack, how they managed to find the inner strength to face their assailants in court, and how the devastating events irrevocably altered their lives.
Featured throughout will be interviews with friends and family of the survivors, and a criminal lawyer’s expert commentary.
Survivors with Denise Welch (working title) is scheduled to broadcast on C+I in Spring 2021.
Executive producers on the series include Welch alongside Hello Mary’s creative director Clare Hollywood and CEO Steve Regan. The series was ordered by A+E Networks UK’s Dan Korn, VP of programming, and Diana Carter, commissioning editor and head of talent.
“Survivors with Denise Welch (w/t) is a fascinating and intimate project that seeks to explore and understand the long-term impact on survivors of devastating attacks and assaults,” said Carter in a statement. “It’s an incredibly powerful series as we hear first-hand from the survivors of these crimes, how they have endured such inhumanity and yet found the inner strength to rebuild their lives piece by piece.”
“Throughout the series, there are significant stories to tell as often forgotten victims can get across the painful and lasting effects of the awful crimes they were subjected to,” added Welch.