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ITV commissions Fremantle’s Naked for doc on missing Australian millionaire

A new ITV documentary will delve into the disappearance of Australian millionairess Melissa Caddick, who left her Sydney home for a run one morning in 2020 and never returned. Even as ...
July 6, 2022

A new ITV documentary will delve into the disappearance of Australian millionairess Melissa Caddick, who left her Sydney home for a run one morning in 2020 and never returned.

Even as the story of the successful financial advisor’s mysterious disappearance gripped the nation, it soon emerged that Caddick had apparently swindled dozens of people — including her friends and family — out of millions; and, further, that she vanished one day after authorities raided her home seeking evidence that she had stolen some AUS$30 million from investors. Three months later, human remains discovered on a beach 250 miles away were confirmed to be Caddick’s through DNA testing.

Commissioned by Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV’s controller of factual, the 90-minute doc Life and Limb: The Missing Millionairess is produced by Fremantle’s Naked label. Fatima Salaria and Fiona Caldwell will serve as executive producers for Naked, and Fremantle will distribute the project internationally.

Said ITV’s Clinton-Davis in a release: “We have had demonstrable success coupling the real story to dramas based on true events. The real story of Melissa Caddick is inherently full of drama and intrigue, and with a sharp focus on the victims as well as unpicking each strand of the mystery, we are sure this will be a compelling and extraordinary feature documentary.”

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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