LONDON – 28 July 2022 – CBS Reality, the #1 factual entertainment channel in the UK amongst women 16+, today announces a line-up of new expert-led true crime original programming for the autumn, including premiering series ‘The Truth About My Murder’, ‘Wrongly Accused’ and season seven of ‘Murder by the Sea’ (also known internationally as ‘Coastal Killers’).
Building on CBS Reality’s original strategy in Poland, two new locally produced original true crime series, ‘Always Upholding the Law’ and ‘A Crime Without a Body’ will also air in Poland later this year.
Sam Rowden, Vice President of Content and Production, CBS Channels, said: “We are very pleased to announce these fantastic new originals focusing on bringing true crime to our audiences in new and intriguing ways, and with the strongest production companies in this genre, all of which continue to position CBS Reality as the home of expert-led true crime programming.”
‘The Truth About My Murder’ (10×60’) is hosted by revered forensic pathologist and author, Dr Richard Shepherd, who has worked on some of the most high-profile cases of recent times and performed over 23,000 autopsies throughout his career.
From a state-of-the-art laboratory, with ground-breaking digital technology, viewers will hear directly from the victim as Dr Shepherd uncovers the truth behind these horrific crimes as told through the victims’ bodies to separate fact from fiction and ensure the truth always prevails.
The series was produced by Yeti Television and will premiere on Wednesday, 22nd September at 10pm.
‘Wrongly Accused’ (10×60’) will examine a series of investigations that consequently led to a wrongful conviction, and the reinvestigation that eventually caught the murderer. Hosted by criminal injustice campaigner and journalist, Louise Shorter, this brand-new series featuring exclusive interviews, supported by dramatic reconstructions and expert-led opinion, will interrogate the mistakes that were made and the fatal consequences of the killer going free. Taking on a brand-new format, the series will document five cases, each told over two hours, with the first hour dedicated to the events that led to the wrongful conviction and the second hour on the subsequent investigation which brought the real killer to justice.
The series was produced by Monster Films and will premiere on Tuesday, 15th November at 10pm.
In season seven of ‘Murder by the Sea’ (10×60’), crime historian and author Dr Nell Darby reprises her role as the host as she investigates further cases of seaside murders, including a case which involves Craig Belcher, who attacked and killed a member of Humberside Police; the murder of a biker gang member in Brighton; and Herbert John Bennett, who strangled his young wife in Yarmouth.
The new episodes were also produced by Monster Films and will debut on CBS Reality on Tuesday, 6th September at 10pm.
In Poland, two-part docuseries ‘Always Upholding the Law’ (2×60) tells the story of the disappearance of a police officer after he intervened in a robbery at a time when he was off duty. The documentary is a study of how meticulous, dedicated work can bring about an unexpected resolution, all thanks to a very small and unassuming piece of evidence. This case, thanks to the inspired work of the officers, has become an exemplary investigation, analysed and studied in police academies for years to come.
Produced by Blueberry Media, ‘Always Upholding the Law’ will premiere on CBS Reality in Poland on Saturday, 13th August at 10pm.
The second original production, ‘A Crime Without a Body’ (5×60), analyses murder cases in which the key piece of evidence – the body – is disposed of by the perpetrators. How is it possible to convict someone of a murder if the body of their victim can never be found? The investigators and prosecutors interviewed for the series share their expertise and experiences.
Produced by Jake Vision, ‘A Crime Without a Body’ will premiere on CBS Reality in Poland this autumn.
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About CBS Reality
Home to expert-led true crime, CBS Reality investigates authentic criminal cases through firsthand interviews, archive footage and key evidence. Always factual, always true.
Available in over 24 million UK households, CBS Reality is the #1 factual entertainment channel in the UK amongst adult women, and a Top 10 most watched non-PSB channel amongst all adults. The channel has invested significantly in original true crime programming, including ‘Murder by the Sea’, ‘Evidence of Evil’, ‘New Scotland Yard Files’, ‘Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files’, ‘Voice of a Killer’ and ‘The Real Prime Suspect’.
Launched in November 2009, CBS Reality is part of the fastest growing portfolio of entertainment channels in the UK, a partnership between Paramount Global and leading international broadcaster AMC Networks International – UK. AMC Networks International – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International which delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming to Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information, visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amcni.
About AMC Networks International – UK:
AMC Networks International – UK (AMCNI – UK) distributes television programming throughout the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and manages a portfolio of seven channel brands, including AMC, SundanceTV and a portfolio of seven entertainment channels in joint venture with Paramount Global, including CBS Justice, CBS Europa, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, RealityXtra, Legend and HorrorXtra.
AMC Networks International – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International, a leading producer and distributor of television channels reaching subscribers in more than 130 countries and territories and spanning a range of genres, including movie, lifestyle, entertainment and factual.
AMC Networks International is the global division of AMC Networks.
For more information, visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amc-networks-international.
Yeti is a multi-award-winning Welsh Independent Production Company and the only Welsh company in Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund portfolio. Launched in 2014, Yeti makes programmes for UK and International Broadcasters. They have a trusted track-record of delivering finger-on-the-pulse content-rich programmes at both ends of the television scale: from landmark specialist factual films and feature documentaries to obs-doc, high-volume returning series and formats.
They have won commissions for BBC1, BBC2, BBC Wales, CBBC, ITV1, Channel 4, More 4, Channel 5, Sky Arts and RedBull and have many more projects in active development with these and other broadcasters.
In the past few years Yeti’s programmes have won three RTS Awards, a Celtic Media Award, a Bafta Cymru, an International Broadcasting Award and been nominated for a Grierson and Asian Media Award.
About Monster Films
Monster Films was founded in 2016 by David Howard and Rik Hall with the primary aim to start a company with a truly independent ethos, a strong community spirit and a collective commitment to making ground-breaking, visually visceral content for broadcasters worldwide. They have gone on to build a reputation as one of UK’s foremost producers of serial and feature documentaries, but their core values remain as strong as ever as they continue to look for new stories and exciting new ways to tell them. They are recipients of a Broadcast Award, an Edinburgh TV Award and a Royal Television Society Award.
Monster Films has worked with broadcasters including CBS Reality, BBC, Discovery, Channel4, FIVE, ITV and C&I.
Olga Siama founded the production company Blueberry Media, where she is a producer and project director. She has directed programs for such stations as Discovery Channel, Canal +, TVN Turbo, Kuchnia +.
The company produces documentary and entertainment programs for leading TV stations in Poland. It deals with the comprehensive preparation of television projects from the idea, through implementation to post-production. Most of the completed projects are proprietary formats. The company has been operating on the Polish market since 2018 and during this time it has produced and broadcasted a total of 60 episodes of its programs, produced in Poland and abroad.
Jake Vision is a Polish producer of TV shows and series. The company was founded by the producer and director of Dutch origin Beerend Jan Kępiński. Jake Vision collaborates, among others, with TVN, Polsat, TVP, Zoom TV and internet platforms, it was responsible for the production of such programs as: ‘Agent – Celebrities’, ‘Millionaires’, ‘Kossakowski, to be like…’, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘Love Island’, ‘Fight for the Breasts’ or the series ‘Professional Secrecy’, ‘The Office’ and others.
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