A+E NETWORKS® UK commissions brand new series, ‘British Injustice with Raphael Rowe’ (wt.) for Crime+Investigation®
A brand new two-part Special, entitled British Injustice with Raphael Rowe, takes a unique look at two of the most horrifying and gripping cases of wrongful conviction in recent criminal history.
Produced by Title Role and presented by investigative journalist Raphael Rowe, who spent 12 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, British Injustice is scheduled to air in the UK on Crime+Investigation® in May 2022.
In each episode, Raphael Rowe will guide viewers through a deeply shocking case and disturbing series of events which sent innocent men to prison; and the way in which lives were shattered and justice denied by the repeated failures of the British criminal justice system.
In episode one, we will hear how police threatened and coerced witnesses to provide false evidence used to wrongfully convict three men for the 1987 Cardiff murder of newsagent and family man, Philip Saunders. Following a police investigation three men were arrested and wrongfully convicted.
In episode two, Rowe travels to Liverpool to discover more about the murder of betting shop manager, John Suffield in the Toxteth area of the city in 1981. Two young black men were questioned and consequently convicted of the murder, but both men continued to plead their innocence for decades.
Raphael Rowe examines the ripple effect of wrongful convictions, and the devastating impact both on loved ones of the victims and on those wrongfully convicted of serious crimes.
Raphael Rowe said: “These investigations are a powerful reminder of what can go wrong within the British criminal justice system. The victims of a miscarriage of justice are both the families of the murder victim who for years took some comfort in believing the right person was convicted, and those wrongly imprisoned. That is something we were keen never to lose sight of during our investigation and in doing so we have documented something quite unique.”
British Injustice with Raphael Rowe 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: "British Injustice is a brilliantly fascinating and innovative concept which explores cases and stories that are unique within the true crime genre and match our brand promise, 'the truth is worth pursuing.' We're confident Title Role's first-class production will be a huge hit with our audience, with Raphael Rowe is the perfect guide into the often-unexplored world of wrongful convictions."
Executive Producer for Title Role, Helen Tonge said, “We are thrilled to be working with Raphael and the channel on such an important subject. Delving into these cases in this way has been a real eye-opener and Raphael brings not only the gravitas but true relevance to the shocking world of wrongful convictions.”