New To CBS Reality - The Day I Should Have Died
By James W, Monday 19th September 2016

The Day I Should Have Died is a compelling 10-part series that, each week, covers a different survivor’s grueling and harrowing tale of cheating death. The first episode tells the account of Gill Hicks, a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings.

Other survivor stories in the series will focus on escaping serial killers, shootings and natural disasters. Here's stories the first five episodes contain:

Gill Hicks – 7/7 London Bombings

On July 7 2005 Australian, Gill Hicks (pictured), lay trapped in what had once been a train carriage, but was now a blackened, smoke filled. The blood poured from her body, despite the scarf she had tied on each leg as a tourniquet to stem the flow. Gill was the last living person rescued. Defying doctors expectations, Gill survived, having lost both of her legs. Today Gill is the founder of the London­based not­for­profit M.A.D for Peace and is a motivational speaker for peace, author and curator.

Mo Lea – The Yorkshire Ripper

On the eve of her 21st birthday, Mo Le was attacked with a hammer and sharpened screwdriver by Peter Sutcliffe – The Yorkshire Ripper as she walked home.  The attack almost ruined Mo’s life leaving her with a broken jaw, a deep fracture on the top of her skull, fractured cheek bones, a deep cut over her left eye and two deep puncture wounds in the base of her neck that narrowly missed her spinal cord.  Mo now lectures art at Bedford University and donates 50% of the proceeds of her artwork to the charity Victim Support.

Steven Gault – Enniskillen Remembrance Day Bombings

Just a few days after his 18 birthday Steven Gault stood beside his father, Sammy Gault, a retired Royal Ulster Constabulary officer, at a Remembrance Day ceremony when a bomb exploded throwing Steven away from his father’s side. His father, along with 10 others, was killed instantly. Gault has been campaigning for years to get justice for his family and for the many other victims of violence during the Troubles.

Margaret Mountney – Peter Tobin

Peter Tobin married Margaret Mountney when she was 17, a whirlwind romance, after a year they separated. A few years later he married again, the marriage was violent and shortlived. Tobin then went on to meet Cathy Wilson and marry her at the age of 17.  The romance quickly descended to violence and rape. All three wives later gave accounts of falling for this well dressed psychopath who turned violent during their marriages.  Cathy was forced to watch as Tobin had violent sex sessions with young prostitutes. Only a 10­year stretch ­ for the abduction, rape and sexual assault of two teenage girls he had left to die in a gas­filled flat in Portsmouth, Hampshire ­ finally cut the tie he had maintained with Cathy and their son Daniel. He has since been convicted of the murders of three young women.   Today Margaret and Cathy provide each other with the support and understanding that only they could.

Caroline Langlade – The Bataclan Attacks

Trapped in a box of nine square metres, Caroline Langlade hid with 40 other people as ISIS gunmen opened fire in the Bataclan concert hall at the Eagles of Death Metal Concert in November 2015. Now Caroline runs Life for Paris an organisation which supports those survivors traumatised by the event.

The Day I Should Have Died starts October 1st at 8pm.

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Posted on Wednesday 5th December 2018

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CBS Reality's Festive Season starts December 24th
Posted on Sunday 25th November 2018

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Judge Judy to the max in December!
Posted on Sunday 25th November 2018

Judge JudyWith her outspoken style, hard-hitting decisiveness and biting wit, Judge Judith Sheindlin single-handedly reinvented the courtroom genre and in the process has become a genuine pop culture phenomenon.

A former New York family court judge known for her ability to cut through a dispute and get to the core of the emotional issue at hand, Judge Judy acts as a true moral compass for people seeking guidance, resolution and a little common sense in their often complicated lives.

Catch back-to-back Judge Judy weekdays at 9am from December 24th.

Homicide's Elite - Season Finale
Posted on Sunday 25th November 2018

HE 112 Production Still 19Detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez have worked hundreds of homicides together, and if these two are on the case, the bad guys are going to prison.

Homicide’s Elite features the most baffling, shocking and heartbreaking cases Quinn and Velazquez have worked in their combined 50 years on the street.

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Voice of a Killer Special: The Colonel
Posted on Thursday 15th November 2018

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Written In Blood: Interview with author Karin Slaughter
Posted on Sunday 11th November 2018

Karin SlaughterKarin Slaughter is truly a global superstar when it comes to crime fiction. Her work has been translated into 37 different languages and sold over 35 million books! In Episode 5 of Written in Blood, Karin introduces Simon to the case of Casanova Killer Paul John Knowles, a spree killer who terrorised the US, and who came within a few miles of Karin's home. Her she chats about this and her writing career.

CBSR: Was there one writer or person in your life who inspired you to become a writer?

KS: My biggest hero was my ninth grade English teacher, Ms. Bennett. She was the first adult who told me, “you’re a good writer, but you could be better.” Up until that...

Written In Blood: Interview with author Peter Robinson
Posted on Monday 5th November 2018

Peter RobinsonPeter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks series of crime books have sold across the globe and has become a favourite crime-solving cop with readers. In episode 4 of Written in Blood he invites Simon to Yorkshire, the setting for his DCI Banks series, where he reveals the largely untold story of 14-year-old stabbing victim Elsie Frost. We caught up with Peter to discuss his career and this tragic crime.

CBSR: Did any one person or event inspire you to be a writer?

PR: It’s something I always wanted to, and always have done, ever since I was a child. I suppose if anyone inspired me, it was my father. He was a keen amateur photographer and used to write arti...

Written in Blood continues in November
Posted on Tuesday 30th October 2018

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Written In Blood: Interview with author Mason Cross
Posted on Sunday 28th October 2018

Mason Cross

Mason Cross is the author of the acclaimed, best-selling Carter Blake thriller books which have sold across the globe. In episode 3 of Written in Blood he invites Simon Toyne to his hometown of Glasgow to uncover a case that literally unfolded on his doorstep so we caught up with Mason to discuss his career to date.

CBSR: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to become a writer?

MC: Yes, I always loved writing stories in school. When my family got its first computer, I would write Choose Your Own Adventure stories, print them out and flog them at school to my classmates. My best one was titled Ninja City.

CBSR: Where did your character Carter ...

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