10 chilling new cases in 10 towns headline Crime+Investigation®’s autumn schedule
London, 9th March 2021: Crime+Investigation® has recommissioned its most successful ever UK crime series Murdertown for a third season of ten episodes. Series 1, which premiered in 2018, became the brand’s highest-ever rated Crime + Investigation commission, and the second season in 2019 exceeded even that stellar performance.
Murdertown, a Workerbee (part of Banijay UK) production, is an in-depth investigation into the impact of a murder or a series of murders on a community in Great Britain.
In each episode, TV & radio broadcaster Anita Rani visits the towns and local communities where murders took place to re-tell these tragic episodes through the testimony of investigating police officers, local journalists, friends, relatives and business colleagues: people whose lives have never been the same since. Towns featured in season 3 include: Oxford, Wigan, Blackburn, Bradford, Motherwell, Milton Keynes, Swindon, Mold and Kirkby.
Dan Korn, VP Programming, A+E Networks UK, said: ‘’We’re delighted to welcome back Murdertown to Crime+Investigation and, in particular, the brilliant Anita Rani as its new presenter. It tells these important stories from new, local perspectives and, with the passing of time, provides new insight into crimes which, although for many have receded into the past, are still re-lived every day by those directly affected”.
The Murdertown podcast, hosted by Benjamin Fitton from ‘They Walk Among Us,’ reached the top of the Apple Podcasts charts with half a million listens for season 2 and over a million listens in total for the series.
Fronting the new season of Murdertown, Anita Rani said: “I can’t wait to get started on Murdertown. I’ve long been an admirer of Crime+Investigation and the way they tell the stories in their shows; the towns and cases we cover in series 3 are a must-watch, with stories that demonstrate the devastating impact and senseless nature of these awful crimes.”
Michelle Chappell, Creative Director for Workerbee, said: “We are delighted to be making this premium series featuring real-life crime dramas happening on our doorsteps. With Anita at the helm this series promises to shine new light on some of the most fascinating cases from all over the UK.”
Crime+Investigation’s recent UK commissions include Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan, Murder at My Door with Kym Marsh, and Survivors with Denise Welch.
About Crime + Investigation
Crime + Investigation® opens the door to the complex, compelling world of real crime, taking viewers on a journey in pursuit of truth, justice and a better understanding of criminal behaviour. Each journey is personal and emotional, telling the story through investigators, experts and those most affected. The channel is home to top-rating series such as Crimes That Shook Britain, Britain’s Darkest Taboos, Homicide Hunter and Cold Case Files. CI is available in more than 50million households in 18 languages.
A+E Networks UK
A+E Networks® UK, a joint venture between Hearst and Sky, is a leading media network reaching 60 million homes across 100 countries. With our portfolio of popular, high-performing and creative brands - HISTORY®, Crime+Investigation®, Lifetime®, HISTORY2® and UK free to air BLAZE® - we have entertained and inspired audiences for over 20 years; telling the stories that need to be told.Our award-winning factual and entertainment content includes global hit franchises like Forged in Fire and Born this Way, must see dramas Knightfall and Vikings as well as original local commissions including: Al Murray’s Why Does Everyone Hate the English and Murdertown with Katherine Kelly (UK), Married at First Sight (Africa) and The Hunt for Baltic Gold (Poland). We complement our programming with innovative talent-led exclusive digital content and top-rated podcasts. We currently partner with over 360 operators broadcasting throughout the Nordics, Benelux, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We have offices in London, Warsaw, and Johannesburg.
Workerbee, part of Banijay UK, is a Manchester based production company making a diverse range of non-scripted content for both UK and global channels and platforms. The company is the fastest growing UK indie outside of London. Recent successes include The Bridge (Channel 4), Bruno v Tyson, a feature length documentary for Sky Documentaries, How to Build British, a factual series for More4 and car restoration series, Goblin Works Garage. Forthcoming productions include Idris Elba’s Fight School (BBC Two). Workerbee is run by Managing Director Rick Murray and Creative Director Michelle Chappell.