Discovery updates fall true-crime slate with new commissions and series

Discovery has unveiled a number of true-crime series that will air on its Discovery+ streaming service in the weeks ahead. First, Discovery in the UK announced on Thursday (Oct. 21) it’s ...
October 21, 2021

Discovery has unveiled a number of true-crime series that will air on its Discovery+ streaming service in the weeks ahead.

First, Discovery in the UK announced on Thursday (Oct. 21) it’s commissioned two true crime series in Deadliest Mums & Dads (w/t) and The Real Death in Paradise, which will both be available on Quest Red Discovery+ later this year.

Deadliest Mums & Dads is an 8 x 60-minute series produced by Crackit, exploring crimes in which parents killed their children, and is a brand extension of Deadliest Kids. The Real Death in Paradise, meanwhile, is a 10-episode series produced by Workerbee, which is a Banijay UK company, that explores mysterious deaths of British citizens in beautiful locales. The series takes on solved and unsolved cases with access to archive material, first-hand accounts from family, friends and investigators, and is supported by police evidence, news reports, home videos and more.

The series were ordered by Clare Laycock, SVP of planning and insights, head of entertainment, at Discovery UK. They were also commissioned by Charlotte Reid and executive produced for Discovery+ by Romy Page.

Meanwhile, Discovery has also commissioned 26 hours of true crime for U.S. channel Investigation Discovery from Arrow Media.

Included in the commission is the 6 x 60-minute series Love, Honor, Betray, which uses real footage to tell stories of betrayal by husband and wives. The series premieres on Nov. 4 and will be available to stream on Thursdays on Discovery+. The series is executive produced by Ash Potterton and Tom Brisley for Arrow, and Diana Sperrazza for ID.

“What has always set Arrow Media apart in the crowded factual space is our exceptional storytelling. By combining first-hand testimony from victims with archive footage from their wedding and happier times, we are able to build a full picture of the crime and tell deeply emotional stories of how they were betrayed,” Potterton said in a news release.

The commission also calls for 20 more hours of Arrow Media’s series American Monster, which will premiere on Investigation Discovery on Oct. 31 and be available to stream on Discovery+ on Sundays. American Monster is executive produced by Brisley and Nick Metcalfe for Arrow Media, and Tim Baney for ID. Arrow’s portfolio with Investigation Discovery also includes the series See No Evil and Body Cam.

Discovery also announced the first two episodes of the series Undercover Underage will begin streaming on Discovery+ on Nov. 2, with new episodes available every Tuesday.

The six-part docuseries follows the Safe from Online Sex Abuse (SOSA) team as they transform child advocate Roo Powell, a 38-year-old mother of three, into a teen persona and work to reveal the true identities of the men who reach out to her. Ron Simon is the executive producer for Undercover Underage for Discovery+.

“Online sexual abuse and exploitation can happen quickly and quietly. A minor can be alone in their room and someone can be abusing them via their phone 2,000 miles away,” said Roo Powell, founder of SOSA, in a news release.

“And complicating matters is the fact that this kind of abuse isn’t as well known, leaving a lot of kids and teens feeling confused, ashamed, and isolated. My hope is through broadening awareness with this show, we can prevent sex abuse and exploitation of children online, as well as empower parents and caregivers to be a compassionate support system for kids in their communities.”

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