Discovery UK has ordered true-crime documentary One Bullet in Belize, which explores the investigation into the death of police chief Henry Jemmott, who was killed with one bullet from his firearm.
The doc is produced by SPA Media for Passion Distribution and Discovery UK, and will be released on Discovery+ in June. The documentary was executive produced by Matt Reid, with Steve Anderson executive producing for SPA Media, and Nick Tanner and Emmanuelle Namiech serving as associate producers for Passion Distribution.
In May 2021 news broke that Jasmine Hartin, the partner of Andrew Ashcroft (whose father is UK billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft), had allegedly shot Jemmott on a pier in San Pedro, Belize. Hartin will talk about that night in a series of exclusive in-depth interviews for the new hour-long documentary, which also features interviews with those close to Hartin and Jemmott.
Hartin claims the shooting was an accident, and has been charged with manslaughter by negligence. She is currently awaiting trial. The documentary follows Hartin as she seeks to clear her name, while also featuring Jemmott’s sister and local residents, who voice doubts about Hartin’s account of that night.
“The death of police chief Henry Jemmott in Belize was reported around the world and left so many questions unanswered, and One Bullet in Belize is a chance for those closest to the case to tell their story,” said Clare Laycock, SVP planning and insights, head of entertainment at Discovery UK.
Anderson of SPA Media added: “During the intense aftermath of the death of Henry Jemmott, our team had unrivalled access to Jasmine Hartin, who talks candidly about what happened on the pier. This access is combined with the thoughts and feelings of Mr. Jemmott’s family and friends, giving viewers of One Bullet in Belize a unique 360° look at the tragic events of the night.”
One Bullet in Belize is the lead title on Passion Distribution’s slate of non-fiction content, which they released this week ahead of MIPTV 2022.
The slate also includes BBC Two docuseries Art That Made Us (8 x 60 min.), which explores formative works of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature and drama across 1,500 years of British history. The series is produced by ClearStory and Menace, and will premiere on April 7.
Secrets of Royal Gardens (4 x 60 min.), meanwhile, reveals little-known facts and secrets of Britain’s royal gardens and parks. It’s narrated by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and produced by Pioneer Productions for More 4 and Passion.
Also included are a trio of hour-long documentaries, previously announced this year: Tourette’s Mystery: Scarlett Investigates featuring TV personality Scarlett Moffatt; Stacey Dooley: Inside the Convent from Firecracker Films for BBC One; and Vicky Pattison: My Dad, Alcohol and Me, in which author and TV presenter Pattison explores her relationship with alcohol.
Passion also boats Open House: The Great Sex Experiment (6 x 60 min.), produced by Firecracker for Channel 4, which is set to premiere on April 1. The series follows eight monogamous couples who join a social experiment to see if they’re ready to allow each other to have sex outside their relationship. Another Passion project is Stitch, Please! (4 x 30 min.), a factual entertainment series for BBC Three that follows competing designers creating different outfits.