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As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week.

Running across three consecutive nights this week (Monday 30th November – Wednesday 2nd December, 9pm, Channel4) a new documentary series offers unprecedented access to a police murder investigation. The Murder Detectives

From the Channel4 Press release:

Unlike previous crime documentaries, this is uniquely shot as a drama – a ground-breaking police series followed in real time and inside the mind of the detectives. But with the heart-wrenching story of a young man’s senseless death, his family’s pain and the polices’ determination to achieve justice for them at its heart, viewers will be in no doubt they are watching real life; with all the far-reaching consequences such an act of brutality metes out on a community.

This trilogy of films creates a distinctive, unfolding picture of a murder from the time the crime is initially reported. It weaves together the stories of three different worlds: a detective faced with an apparently motive-less crime, a family desperate for justice and another who’ll do anything to save their son from a life behind bars. We are taken into a world of knives and disrespect – the currency of the street. We’re led into a world of bad choices and moral dilemmas and as the net closes in we begin to see the ripples that spill out when a murder is committed.

The programme would offer a unique view of the investigation process for Criminology students. It could also be used as an example of the influence of fiction on how we present factual narratives, for a Media Studies class.


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Related Links:

Free Thinking: Breaking News – Telling Stories in Fact and Fiction  (BBC Radio 3)

Storyville: FBI Undercover (10pm, Monday 30th November) (BBC4) – looks at the realities of being an FBI informant, this could offer an interesting way to compare the workings of UK and US law enforcement.