By James, Wednesday 31st August 2016
Murderers and Their Mothers
Series 1 Part Two with 4 New Episodes
Sunday 2100 from 4th until 25th September
Donal MacIntyre returns to CBS Reality to investigate more notorious killers asking if they were born evil or whether their relationship with their mothers turned them into murderous monsters. In one of these episodes Donal looks into the case of 20-year-old Adam Lanza who killed his mother before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School and shooting dead 20 children and six teachers in one of the bloodiest mass shootings in American history. Adam, who suffered severe and deteriorating mental health problems, spent his final months locked in his room playing violent video games and obsessing over mass killings with a cyber community of murder enthusiasts, only interacting with his mother Nancy via email. Many blame Nancy, a gun enthusiast who did nothing to remove her arsenal of weapons from the family home, for refusing to get Adam the help he so badly needed. MacIntyre and distinguished criminologist Dr Elizabeth Yardley examine this tragic case and ask how destructive this mother-son relationship ultimately was?
Sunday 2200 from 4th September
They are pillars of the community, uniquely qualified to perform the sacred rituals of their faith and provide spiritual guidance. It’s tempting to think they are immune from the human frailties that affect the rest of us but men of the cloth are, as we’ll see, as flawed as we are and in some cases tragically more so. A shocking new crime series which brings together murder cases where the protagonist is not a friendless outsider adrift from society but a trusted man or woman of God. One of those cases looks at a Methodist Priest in Pennsylvania who claimed he was out for a run on 23rd April 1999 when he returned home to find the body of his wife of 31 years in a pool of blood at the foot of basement steps in their home in North Lebanon. She had a vacuum extension cord wrapped around her leg. The coroner made no determination as to whether her death was an accident or a homicide and the case was closed. Authorities reopened the case after Schirmer was charged with using a crowbar to kill his second wife, Betty, in 2008 and staging a car accident in an effort to conceal the crime.
It Takes a Killer
Saturday 2100 & 2130 from 3rd September
It Takes a Killer investigates the world’s most notorious murders and takes you inside the minds and motives of the killers who committed them. Experts from the FBI, Scotland Yard and leading homicide investigators review crime scene evidence, profile each killer’s behaviour and describe the chilling forensic details of each murder scene. They explain when, why and how each perpetrator carried out the crime. They also tell us how the crime is solved. Sometimes you have to think like a killer to catch a killer.
Snapped: Killer Couples
Weeknights 2200 from 5th until 16th September
Snapped: Killer Couples is a gripping series that features couples whose passion drove them to commit terrible criminal acts. Through recreations and first-hand accounts, each episode delves into the stories behind the couples' romance, how their relationship evolved once love transformed into manipulation and what ultimately drove them to commit heinous crimes. From teenage lovers who embark on a multi-state crime spree to lesbian lovers who stop at nothing to eliminate one of their husbands, viewers are given unprecedented access into these relationships gone awry.
(Series 1, 2, 6 & 7)
Weekdays 1600 & 1630 (double bill) from 12th September
Dog Patrol is an exciting series following integral roles that working dogs and their handlers play on the frontline protecting the streets, communities, prisons, airports, borders and national parks. We’re right in with the action following the real scenarios that unfold as a result of these dedicated hardworking dogs who work for the Police, Corrections Service, Customs, Ministry for Primary Industries, Aviation Security, New Zealand Detector Dog Services and the Department of Conservation.
Undercover: Sex Slaves
Saturday 2200 from 3rd until 24th September
Investigations into a subject that is now a vast global crime. Human rights advocates estimate that every year almost a million women worldwide are sold as sex slaves.
Weeknights Midnight from 5th September continuing into next month
What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck, chance, instinct? In a stripped down, simple yet cinematic interview style, I Survived allows survivors to explain in their own words how they overcame unbelievable circumstances, offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever. I Survived is storytelling at its most dramatic, most basic and most honest.
MORE FEATURES What Sins & Secrets will we reveal in March?
Posted on Monday 5th March 2018
Exclusive to CBS Reality, Sins & Secrets reveals the grim truth of the criminal underworld which can be found in every neighbourhood.
As slick and pacey as a contemporary cop drama, this new series uncovers brutal crimes which shook neighbourhoods leaving communities wondering who would be next and paranoid of every stranger in town.
This series shows no one can ever be sure of what is really happening behind the net curtains of suburbia. Using real life footage, dramatic reconstructions and witness interviews, the sins and secrets criminals have tried so desperately to bury are exposed.
Sins & Secrets Season 4 starts March 15th at 10pm.... SHARE: READ MORE Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files remain open during March
Posted on Monday 5th March 2018
Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files is presented by renowned undercover reporter and criminologist Donal MacIntyre, who examines some of the most horrific and fascinating crimes of recent times through the first-hand experiences of the men and women who ensured justice was carried out.
Each episode includes an in-depth interview with the key detective who solved the case in question. Using dramatic reconstruction, archive footage and police tapes, MacIntyre takes the viewer through all the twists and turns, the setbacks and the dangers, to the turning point that led to the case being solved. The viewer will find out what it takes to solve a complex case while witnessing ...SHARE: READ MORE Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files open in February
Posted on Thursday 15th February 2018
In the bold new studio based series, Donal MacIntyre's Murder Files the renowned undercover reporter and crime journalist examines the most horrific and fascinating crimes.
In-depth interviews by Donal with the individuals who were central to solving each case - from the detective on duty to the undercover agent to the forensic scientist – are the spine of each episode. Donal will expertly lead them through their story step by step, uncovering the dramatic twists and turns of each and every case. The stories will be illustrated by dramatic reconstruction of the case and archive, including police tapes and undercover evidence.
Through these intimate and probing interviews, Donal will also reveal th...SHARE: READ MORE Sniff out crime with the Dog Patrol
Posted on Thursday 25th January 2018
This exciting series follows the integral roles that working dogs and their handlers play on the frontline protecting our streets, prisons, national parks, airports and borders.
We’re right in with the action following the real scenarios that unfold as a result of these dedicated hardworking dogs, in the Correction Service, Customs, MAF, Aviation Security, Department of Conservation and Search and Rescue. While examining the relationship between these loyal canines and their handlers, we get an intimate insight of how they mutually perform their jobs. We explore the bond each duo have together and watch each dog’s unique style of operating.
Dog Patrol weekdays at 4pm and 4:30pm fro...SHARE: READ MORE Toxic relationships are uncovered in February
Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Uncovering: Intimate Partner Abuse (Wednesday 7th February at 10pm) is a one-hour CBS Reality Original documentary which explores and highlights the different elements of domestic abuse, including coercion and stalking, that so often lead to serious violence or homicide.
The programme reveals the patterns and warning signs that are present in almost all abusive relationships and explains the definitive characteristics of most abusers.
Jemma Cadle and Samantha Howlett describe their abusive relationships and how with support they eventually regained control and secured convictions. Other key contributors include criminologist and leading expert in domestic homicide, Jane Monckton-Smith (pictu...SHARE: READ MORE January on CBS Reality
Posted on Tuesday 2nd January 2018
VOICE OF A SERIAL KILLER
Wednesdays at 22:00 from 3rd till 31st January
This thrilling 5X60 CBS Reality Original series takes a fresh approach by bringing to life the nerve-jangling real audio taken from the killers’ confessions, which in season 2 belong to Dennis Nilsen, Aileen Wuornos, Peter Manuel, Stephen Griffiths, Robert Pickton and Gary Ridgway. Using actors and lip-sync technology, the audio will be bought to life and will allow the audience will be taken inside the confessions of serial killers, face to face with evil. These police interrogations will be complimented by drama recon of the crimes themselves and further supported by expert and Police interviews. Professor...
Posted on Tuesday 5th December 2017
Every night from 23rd until 31st December at 9pm, CBS Reality is giving you the chance to binge on your favourite shows with nights stacked with the best in true life drama.
Saturday 23rd: Troubled Teens – Jail Shock
Sunday 24th: Voice Of A Serial Killer
Monday 25th: Urban Legends
Tuesday 26th: Murder For Hire
Wednesday 27th: Hoarders: Family Secrets
Thursday 28th: Stalkers Who Kill
Friday 29th: 48 Hours
Saturday 30th: Killer Doctors On Death Row
Sunday 31st: Unsolved Mysteries
Posted on Tuesday 5th December 2017
Love Judge Judy? You'll love CBS Reality over Christmas as we're delivering back-to-back episodes from 23rd until 31st December.
With 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. Judge Judy’s goal is to make a permanent and worthwhile impression that will discourage repeat offender...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Professor David Wilson presenter of Voice of a Serial Killer
Posted on Tuesday 21st November 2017
Voice of a Serial Killer is the thrilling CBS Reality Original series that takes a fresh approach of bringing to life the nerve jangling real audio taken from the killer’s confessions. One of its presenters, Professor David Wilson took time to chat to us about this series.
CBSR: You were the youngest governing governor at the age of 29, what pressure did that add to what must be an incredibly stressful role?
DW: The pressure was one of youth and inexperience. Quite apart from the personal pressures that come with wanting to do a good job, there were inter personal pressures too. Some older staff were all too eager for me to fall fl...SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 27 March
Friday 30 March
Monday 26 March