A+E Networks® UK has commissioned Manchester-based Endemol Shine North to produce a new documentary series, Murdertown, to premiere on Crime + Investigation® in the UK this summer.
Murdertown (10x60’) is a true crime series that puts the murder location, rather than the corpse, centre stage. Hosted by Happy Valley actress Katherine Kelly, each episode focuses on one murder in one UK city, setting the crime in the context of its location’s wider cultural and criminal landscape.
Hearing from family members, police officers, witnesses and reporters, Murdertown shines a light on some of Britain’s darkest murder locations, examining the crimes that rocked these communities and the impact they have had on the people living there.
Murdertown is commissioned by Koulla Anastasi, Director of Crime + Investigation (CI) at A+E Networks UK and executive produced by Diana Carter, Commissioning Editor and Head of Talent for Crime + Investigation.
Anastasi commented: “We are a delighted to welcome Katherine Kelly to Crime + Investigation’s growing stable of talent, as a great addition to our channel brand. It is also very exciting to partner with Endemol Shine North for the first time.”
Murdertown follows the success of CI’s recent UK commissions: Jo Frost on Britain’s Killer Kids almost tripled the timeslot average (+177%); while Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence season 2 has averaged 163% up on slot, making CI the #1 channel in the Pay Factual set in its Sunday night timeslot.
Murdertown is executive produced by Endemol Shine North Creative Director Rick Murray and series produced by Darrell Brown.
Rick Murray said: “This eye-opening new commission further establishes Endemol Shine North’s growth in to the true crime genre. Murdertown uses stunning visuals to give a highly dramatic insight into these differing, yet fascinating areas of crime and policing.”