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Discovery+ slates Prince Philip doc and Chicago-based true-crime docuseries

Discovery+ has shared details around a pair of new titles coming to the streaming platform in December. More than a dozen members of the Royal Family will offer their thoughts and reflections ...
November 23, 2021

Discovery+ has shared details around a pair of new titles coming to the streaming platform in December.

More than a dozen members of the Royal Family will offer their thoughts and reflections on Prince Philip as part of a new documentary launching on Discovery+ next month.

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers will feature tributes to the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, from his family and closest staff. The film premieres on Discovery+ on Dec. 16, and was filmed throughout Prince Philip’s 100th year, before and after his death in April. Originally, the film was conceived to mark Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.

All of the children of the Queen and the Duke, along with their adult grandchildren and other members of the Royal Family participated in the film, which also goes inside Buckingham Palace to interview Prince Philip’s long-serving staff. The film captures his study, private office and library, as they were during his seven decades at the heart of the Royal Family. The film includes special access to the Queen’s private film collection, to create a portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh from the memories of those who knew him.

The film is produced for Discovery+ by Oxford Films, with Nicolas Kent serving as executive producer. Howard Swartz is executive producing for Discovery+, while Fay Hamilton and Matthew Hill directed and produced the film, and Robert Hardman served as writer and co-producer.

As well, on Dec. 3, Discovery+ will premiere The Hunt for the Chicago Strangler, a three-part docuseries produced by Entertainment One.

The series compiles interviews with families, activists, experts, police and survivors to remember the 51 women who have been found strangled across Chicago since 1999. To this day, all but one of the cases remain unsolved, leading some to believe there are one or multiple serial killers targeting women in Chicago. The series remembers the women who have died, and explores the close-knit communities victimized by fear and loss.

The series discusses systemic racism in the context of decades-long marginalization of Black women and neglect in Chicago’s South and West Side communities, questioning how so many women have died for more than 20 years with their killer or killers still being at large.

The Hunt For the Chicago Strangler also highlights the work of The Murder Accountability Project, a non-profit that tracks thousands of unsolved murders in the U.S., using an algorithm to detect patterns and clusters of serial murders. Their findings are turned over to law enforcement to help identify and profile unknown assailants.

Actor and Chicagoan Tonya Pinkins narrates the series. Toby Dormer and Jocelyn Hamilton serve as executive producers, with Jennifer Anderson working as director. Liz Massie serves as senior executive producer on the series for Discovery+.

“Today, the Chicago homicides remain one of the biggest clusters of unsolved murders in America — yet also one of the most underreported. Case by case, The Hunt For The Chicago Strangler, hopes to bring justice to the forgotten women of Chicago, revealing a gripping investigation with new evidence after decades of little progress,” said Jason Sarlanis, president of Crime & Investigative Content at Discovery.

“This story tragically has layer upon layer of injustices, and we aim to shine a spotlight on the disparity of media attention and law enforcement resources that has long marginalized Black women in America.”

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