LONDON: 4 August 2017 – A+E Networks® UK today announced the commission of series eight of Crimes That Shook Britain, hosted by highly respected news journalist Dermot Murnaghan.
The 6x60 recommission follows the hugely successful seventh series, with its premiere episode averaging 148k.
The show explores the true stories behind some of the most unsettling crimes to have taken place in Britain. Included in the new series will be investigations into the recent Manchester terror attack, with personal testimonies from individuals closely related to the incident. The series will also explore the chilling case of Ann Maguire, the Leeds school teacher who was murdered by one of her pupils. With contributions from prosecution psychologist Dr John Kent, as well as Ann's sister, Denise, viewers will be given a unique insight into the conviction of Will Cornick, the first secondary school pupil ever to murder a teacher in Britain.
Koulla Anastasi, Channel Director for Lifetime® and Crime + Investigation® at A+E Networks UK said: “The success of Crimes That Shook Britain further speaks to the popularity of true crime programming and we’re very pleased that viewing figures continue to grow. Series eight will look at some of the most shocking cases in Britain in recent years, including the Manchester Arena terrorist attack and the Suffolk Strangler, Steven Wright.”
Crimes That Shook Britain will also examine the infamous Stepping Hill murders, which saw several patients in a Stockport hospital receive lethal doses of insulin, causing their blood sugar levels to plunge, sometimes fatally. Nurse Victorino Chua was eventually convicted of the murders but not before another nurse at the hospital was wrongly accused and tried.
Helen Tonge, co-owner and Executive Producer at Title Role Productions said: "We are thrilled to be working with A+E Networks UK again to provide a very personal insight into major crimes across the country. The success of this long running series is testament to the approach we take in covering these harrowing crimes. Dealing with those people affected with great sensitivity is as important as the editorial and visual elements of the show."
Crimes That Shook Britain series eight will air on A+E Networks UK’s Crime + Investigation this autumn.