Written in Blood - New and exclusive to CBS Reality in September By
James W, Sunday 2nd July 2017
A new and exclusive CBS Reality Original commission has just been announced as part of our Autumn line-up, Written in Blood.
The 10 x 60min series produced by Endemol Shine North for CBS Reality brings fact and fiction together as bestselling thriller writer Simon Toyne, author of The Boy Who Saw and other titles, meets other top UK crime writers to discuss how their works of fiction have been inspired by real life crimes. Each episode delves into a different criminal case using reconstruction, real life footage, interviews with senior police officers who worked on the cases, along with family members, key witnesses, and other experts.
In the first episode, Toyne meets Mark Billingham, award-winning author of the Tom Thorne crime novels, to discuss and investigate the honour killing of Banaz Mahmod. The case had such a profound impact on Billingham that it proved to be the starting point of his 2017 novel and Sunday Times bestseller, Love Like Blood, set in a world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.
The other authors featured in Written in Blood are Alex Marwood, Peter James, Angela Clarke, Luke Delaney, Elly Griffiths, RC Bridgestock, Marnie Riches, Simon Kernick and Howard Linskey.
Simon Toyne said: “Everyone I've ever met is obsessed with real life crimes and the people who commit them, and crime writers are no different. In this series I get to talk to some of the brightest lights in crime about the darkest criminals in history; and I absolutely loved every second of it.”
Sam Rowden, Director of Programming, CBS Reality and Executive Producer on Written in Blood, added: “Our audience consumes crime across all media, so we were keen to bring the world of crime books on screen and investigate how literature is so often inspired by the true crimes the CBS Reality audience loves to watch. A glimpse into the world of crime authors has brought a great new addition to the traditional true crime re-telling format, with Simon Toyne guiding us perfectly through this journey.”
Rick Murray, Creative Director, Endemol Shine North, said: “Seeing true crimes through the eyes of authors has proved to be as fascinating as we'd hoped. As someone who knows the world of crime fiction inside out we are delighted to be working with Simon Toyne who has helped bring the series a fresh and unique insight into some of the most disturbing crimes of modern times.”
A podcast with additional, in-depth conversation about each case will be available via Acast and iTunes.
Look out for more information on this gripping series over the next few weeks.
Over two weekends in July CBS Reality is dedicating its programming to the acclaimed series Medical Detectives with three themed events of carefully selected episodes.
For those new to the series, Medical Detectives profile intriguing crimes, accidents and outbreaks of disease from around the world. Follow coroners, medical examiners, physicians, law enforcement officials, journalists and legal experts as they put together the pieces of the crime puzzle. Cutting-edge forensic techniques and every piece of evidence available are combined with true-to-life re-enactments and profiles of the people who lived through the events.
Medical Detectives: Serial Killer Weekend - 14th and 15th July from 9pm.
Season 3 of the gripping series Death Row Stories starts on 13th July and, as usual each episode will unravel a different capital murder case that has twists and turns worthy of a crime thriller.
All of these stories are true, and call into question the myriad of beliefs about the death penalty and the American justice system itself.
Susan Sarandon, who portrayed the Louisiana-based Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean who ministers to death row inmates and advocates for the abolition of capital punishment, will narrate each episode in the series.
CBS Reality is giving you the opportunity to spend a weekend in the company of the nation’s favourite investigative journalist and criminologist Donal MacIntyre on 28th and 29th July from 7pm till 1am.
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