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Written in Blood - New and exclusive to CBS Reality in September
By James Whittington, 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.


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