London, 3rd June 2021: A+E Networks® UK has recommissioned the five-part true-crime series Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan for Crime+Investigation®, produced by award-winning true crime specialists FirstLookTV. The series will air every night at 9pm across a week in October.
Hosted and curated by one of the UK’s best-known journalists, Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan explores the real stories and intrigue behind the headlines of those murder cases which make an indelible impression on the public consciousness.
In each episode, Dermot Murnaghan recounts a case he has reported on or followed at close quarters, with his reflections and unique perspective illustrated with archive footage and punctuated by key interviews from those closest to the case, including family members, local journalists and the investigating officers who were first at the scene.
In this third series, Dermot will guide viewers through crimes which shook local communities throughout Britain to their core: Nottingham’s ‘Sneinton Strangler’, Mark Martin, who killed three women between 2004 and 2005; the horrific murder of Hazel Dix by her previously convicted husband Glyn Dix; the murders by infamous Barking serial killer, Stephen Port, who raped and killed at least four men between 2014 and 2015; the tragic fates of James Attfield & Nahid Almanea, cut down indiscriminately by Britain’s youngest ‘want-to-be’ serial killer, James Fairweather; and the tragic death of Sana Muhammad, murdered by her abusive ex-husband Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, using a crossbow in November 2018.
The five-part series will air across one week on Crime+Investigation® with each weeknight highlighting one of these cases which gripped the nation in fear until the killer was brought to justice.
Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan has been ordered by Dan Korn, VP of Programming at A+E Networks UK, and Diana Carter, Commissioning Editor and Head of Talent at A+E Networks UK.
Diana Carter said: “Series one and two were incredibly well received by our knowledgeable and passionate audience. The authority that Dermot Murnaghan brings to this fascinating series is a big reason behind the success of Killer Britain so far and we’re really excited to be teaming up with FirstLookTV once more, for a third iteration of Killer Britain which will be premiering on Crime + Investigation later this year.”
Executive Producers for FirstLookTV are Will Hanrahan and Gill Carter.
Will Hanrahan said: “Dermot’s knowledge and storytelling ability, honed over decades of stellar TV presenting, mean there is no one better to tell these vitally important stories. Working with the team at A+E Networks and Crime+Investigation on the first two series has been incredibly rewarding as together we’ve been able to put the spotlight on cases that gripped the nation once more, long after they have been front page news, to investigate their lasting effects.”
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.
About A+E Networks UK:
A+E Networks® UK, a joint venture between Hearst and Sky, is a leading media network reaching 58 million homes across 100 countries. With our global portfolio of popular, high-performing and creative brands – SKY HISTORY, Crime + Investigation®, Lifetime®, SKY 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.
FirstLookTV has now told over 200 stories throughout its 25-year history in True Crime documentary production both in the UK and the USA. It has become the go-to producer for channels which need journalistically impactful and compelling content for their knowledgeable and informed viewership. It has received critical acclaim from the Royal Television Society, and the public’s approval by delivering consistently higher than slot-average ratings. Its production template and funding model has become a unique combination of channel collaboration and sophisticated target distribution.