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The New Ten-Part Documentary is Co-Produced with Foxtel Australia and DRG, Along with Emporium Productions 

London, 21 April 2016.  CBS Reality, owned by CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International – UK, announced today the premiere of original crime series, “Murderers and their Mothers” on 15 May at 10:00pm in the UK.

The 10, one hour episodes will be presented by Donal MacIntyre (“Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved”) and will reveal startling new facts about the disturbing childhoods and maternal relationships of notorious killers from the UK and around the world. This is a rarefied field of criminology and psychology, and each unique programme will bring new theories and insights to the table. Complementing each linear episode, 30-minute podcasts will also be made available with Donal and fellow experts analysing these horrific cases further.

Sam Rowden, AMC Networks International – UK’s Director of Programming, CBS Reality and New Media, said: “With the success of our two original series on CBS Reality last year,* we are keen to expand our programming even further. We are pleased to be working with Donal MacIntyre again alongside Foxtel Australia, and also to embark on new partnerships with DRG and Emporium Productions. The intriguing new series exemplifies some of CBS Reality’s core values. This includes offering true stories presented by experts with an interesting point of view who explore the most shocking crimes in the UK and further afield.”

Emporium Productions Managing Director, Emma Read, said: “This chilling series brings fresh revelations into the terrible minds of murderers through their extreme and dysfunctional relationships with their mothers. We are thrilled to be working with CBS Reality on such a ground breaking and thought provoking series.”

Throughout the series Donal will be in conversation with his colleague from Birmingham City University, Dr. Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology. The murderers investigated in the first part of the series include Daniel Bartlam: ‘The “Coronation Street” Killer’; Fred and Rosemary West: ‘Killer Couple’; Jed Allen: ‘The “Wolverine” Killer’; Harold Shipman: ‘The Angel of Death’; Joachim Knychala: ‘Frankenstein’ and Dennis Nilsen: ‘The Kindly Killer’.

“Murderers and their Mothers” is a co-production with Foxtel Australia and DRG. The series is produced by Emporium Productions. The series will air in two parts, beginning with the first six episodes in May, with the remaining episodes later in 2016.

CBS Reality is the biggest factual entertainment channel in the UK amongst adult women and the tenth most watched non-PSB channel amongst all adults.**

“Murderers and their Mothers” will also be available on the Polish feed of CBS Reality in autumn 2016.

* “Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved” is the first UK series commission that premiered on CBS Reality in September 2015, followed by “Killer Doctors on Death Row” in October 2015.

** Source: BARB/Techedge, audience shares based on whole day viewing, adults.

About CBS Reality UK

Home to the good, the bad and the extraordinary, this award winning reality channel is packed with compelling documentaries and hard-hitting true dramas.

Available in over 26 million UK households throughout the UK via the Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and Freeview platforms, CBS Reality is the biggest factual entertainment channel in the country amongst adult women and the tenth most watched non-PSB channel amongst all adults.  Popular and exclusive programming include “Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved,” “Judge Judy,” “Cold Blood,” “Wives with Knives” and “Killer Doctors on Death Row.”

Launched in November 2009, CBS Reality is part of the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership, a fast growing portfolio of entertainment channels owned by CBS Studios International, the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace and leading international broadcaster AMC Networks International – UK.

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