A+E Networks EMEA commissions ITNP Productions for new UK true crime series, Cops Who Kill
For launch on the second anniversary of the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Metropolitan Police officer, a brand-new series, Cops Who Kill, will lift the lid on eight cases of murder and betrayal by police officers in Britain and around the world.
In each episode, TV personality and actor Will Mellor is joined by experts, including ex-Detective Superintendent Julie McKay, psychologist Serena Simmons, and ex-Murder Detective Howard Groves, to try to unravel how and why a police officer switches from law enforcer to lawbreaker, how they were finally brought to justice, and the horrendous consequences for all concerned.
Produced in Leeds by ITNP Productions and co-produced by Krempelwood, and scheduled to premiere on Crime+Investigation® in early March 2023, Cops Who Kill will explore the tragic cases of Sarah Everard, Leanne Dodd, Madallin Jones, Alice Farquharson, Karl Bluestone, Sherri Rasmussen, Jessie Davis, and Jamie Gao.
Commenting on the series’ announcement, Will Mellor said: ‘’Cops Who Kill is a really unique series as it analyses the rare cases where police officers commit murder. I was genuinely shocked by what unfolded in each case, and I really felt the devastation within the victims’ families and communities’’.
Cops Who Kill was 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: "Cops Who Kill is an intriguing and insightful exploration of some of the most high-profile murders committed by those in uniform in the UK and across the globe. We pride ourselves on sharing stories that matter; these cases have profoundly impacted society and the relationship between the public and the police. It’s important to revisit them and try to understand what went wrong in each case so that lessons can be learnt for the future”.
Caroline Short, Head of Regions at ITNP Productions, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with A+E Networks EMEA on such an important series. Cops Who Kill is unique in the way that it looks at the lasting effect that the most awful of crimes have on those closest to the victims, but also the wider community and society as a whole. With Will at the helm, ably supported by our team of experts, the series promises to be truly gripping viewing”.
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. C+I is available in more than 50 million households in 18 languages.
About A+E Networks EMEA
At A+E Networks EMEA, we share stories that matter everywhere, anywhere. A leader in factual entertainment, our compelling, award-winning content connects with millions across the UK, Nordics, Benelux, Germany, Italy, Spain, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Our portfolio of premium brands – HISTORY, Crime + Investigation®, BLAZE®, and COSMO - inspire and excite viewers with hit franchises (Forged in Fire), must-see dramas (Vikings), and original commissions (The Hunt for Baltic Gold and Ross Kemp: Shipwreck Treasure Hunters). For more information, visit www.aenetworks.tv.
About ITN Productions
Formed in 2010, ITN Productions is ITN’s Oscar-nominated, multi-award-winning in-house production company producing non-fiction content for UK broadcasters and networks around the world. ITN Productions is the world leader in fast-turnaround documentaries and live debate programmes as well as high-rating popular factual series, current affairs and access docs, short-form docs, and biographies for major international broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, PBS, Discovery+, Netflix, Amazon, Peacock, Oxygen, Paramount Plus, Lifetime and CBS. Specialists in producing true crime documentaries across a range of high-profile cases, which have included: Lost Boy: The Killing of James Bulger; The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews (Channel 5); Secrets of the Krays (BritBox and ITV) and Gaby Petito: The Murder That Gripped the World (Peacock). Other long-running programmes and recent commissions include: Jeremy Vine (Channel 5); The Confession (Amazon); Michael Palin: Into Iraq (Channel 5); the flagship political analysis series, The Andrew Neil Show (Channel 4); History 101 (Netflix); Dirty Rotten Scammers (BBC One); Sir Trevor McDonald and Charlene White: Has George Floyd Changed Britain? (ITV); Love Rats (Paramount Plus), The Flipside (BBC) and Doctors of War: Saving Lives(Channel 5); BAFTA award-winning and Oscar nominated For Sama, a co-production with Channel 4 News (Channel 4 and PBS Frontline); Harry and Meghan: An African Journey (ITV and ABC); observational series Chatsworth and Christmas at Liberty (Channel 4) and Live: Britain's Next PM - The Channel 4 Debate for Channel 4.