“WRITTEN IN BLOOD” featuring bestselling crime authors and their true crime influences, and “EVIDENCE OF EVIL” about the role of forensics breakthroughs, return with all new episodes
LONDON, UK – 17 August, 2018 – CBS Reality, owned by AMC Networks International – UK and CBS Studios International, today announced the return of two exclusive CBS Reality Original commissions, “Written in Blood” and “Evidence of Evil,” which will both air as part of the channel’s autumn line up.
Following the ratings success of the first season, “Written in Blood” will return with 6×60 new weekly episodes. Produced by Endemol Shine North, the series will once again be hosted by bestselling writer Simon Toyne, author of The Boy Who Saw and the Sanctus trilogy. Simon will transport viewers on a fascinating journey of discovery as he meets six of the world’s most popular crime fiction writers to discuss the influence that true crime’s grim realities has had on their writing. Each episode will delve into a different criminal case using reconstruction and real life footage.
The authors featured in the new season are Clare Mackintosh (Let Me Lie), Tess Gerritsen (Body Double), Mason Cross (the Carter Blake series), Sophie Hannah (The Mystery of Three Quarters – a Hercule Poirot novel), Peter Robinson (the Inspector Banks novels) and Karin Slaughter (Pretty Girls). Cases explored include the apparent joint suicide pact that was later revealed to be a double murder in County Derry, the case of Collette Aram, whose murderer was found decades after her death when the killer’s son showed up on the DNA database, and the case of Francis Weaver; a third-generation murderer whom many thought was biologically destined to kill, until a paternity test cast doubt on the nature vs. nurture debate.
The series is due to premiere on CBS Reality at 10pm on Tuesday 16th October.
New episodes of “Evidence of Evil” will air on CBS Reality on Wednesdays at 10 pm from 5th September. The series examines how advances in technology have revolutionised detective work, as seen through a number of high profile cases. Each episode will comprise of key witness testimonies, interviews, reconstructions and archive footage. The cases featured in the new episodes include the murder of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, Tracie Andrews A.K.A. ‘The Road Rage Killer,’ and the murder of Paul Gault in Northern Ireland. “Evidence of Evil” is produced by Peninsula Television.
Sam Rowden, Director of Programming, CBS Channels, and Executive Producer on both series commented: “True crime is an intrinsic part of CBS Reality’s DNA. We’re thrilled to have produced further episodes of “Written in Blood” and “Evidence of Evil” with our production partners, and to be giving our dedicated audience more authentic true crime from intriguing angles.”
CBS Reality is the biggest 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 programming consisting of in-depth and relevant real life crime stories that resonate well with CBS Reality’s loyal audience.
Other CBS Reality Originals include “Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files,” “Murderers and Their Mothers,” “Killer Clergy,” “Stalkers Who Kill,” “The Day I Should Have Died,” “Uncovering Melanie’s Murderer,” “Teens Who Kill”, “The Jury Room,” “Click for Murder”, “Voice of a Serial Killer” and “Murder by the Sea.”
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The channels include CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, CBS Drama, CBS Action, Horror Channel and Horror Channel +1, and feature a broad assortment of drama, reality and long form content from CBS’s extensive television library, complemented by entertainment programming from third party suppliers. CBS Reality also features original true crime content including “Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files”, “Voice of a Serial Killer”, and “Written in Blood”. CBS AMC Networks Channels reach viewers in more than 25 million homes throughout the UK via the Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and Freeview platforms.
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