FEATURES

Interview with The Jury Room member Trevor Rapson
By James W, Thursday 8th June 2017

New and exclusive to CBS Reality, The Jury Room continues on Sunday at 10pm. This gripping series  focuses on old cases and delivers evidence and accepted facts to a new jury. One of the members of our Jury is Trevor Rapson and here he talks about his time on this series.

CBSR: What is your day job?

TJ: I retired from the fire service where I spent 27 wonderful years, I miss those days, although it's changed beyond recognition, it was the best job in the World for me back in 1977 when I joined. I now have a small business, I stage manage at music Festivals and manage a band called Charley Farley Sunday Four who are also Al Murray's house band. I also work as a model, extra and play small parts acting for films and TV.

CBSR: Have you always had an interest in the workings of Court rooms?

TJ: I certainly have often wondered how a Jury comes to a verdict, the process of the Courts and thoroughly enjoyed being on the show.

CBSR: Have you had experience of being on a jury before?

TJ: I haven't but my partner Annie was a while back and she found it fascinating, she wasn't over excited to start with but really got into it.

CBSR: What made you decide to be on the series?

TJ: I really loved the whole concept of the show and applied immediately, I thought it would be a great experience and when I was approached and interviewed on the phone by Tammy, from first look TV, she was so excited about it that I was crossing my fingers that I'd be selected.

CBSR: Did you have to prepare for each case or did you go into each one cold?

TJ: On some of the cases we were briefed for a few minutes before we went into the studio but we knew no more than the audience gets to see over the hour long programme.

CBSR: What was a day in the studio like and how nervous were you?

TJ: It was a first for everyone, including the producers and film crew, nobody knew if it would even work as a programme, it all hung on how the 12 people selected interacted on camera, they had said in the audition that they didn't want people who showed off or didn't let anyone else speak as they wanted everyone to put their views forward but of course what they dreaded was total silence. However, we all really got into it so it could be difficult at times to get a word in some times and of course there was a strict schedule due to studio time. A day on set was from about 10am until 5pm. We all got on very well and there was a lot of good natured humour with new friends made. It became evident to us that Will and his team were delighted with the results of the programmes as things progressed, which made for a great atmosphere as the days went by. We were looked after very well and as the series goes on we all started to relax as the process became familiar to both us and the crew. I think everyone of us had butterflies, especially on the first day but we relaxed a little as the series evolved.

CBSR: How did you control your emotions during recording or did you speak your mind all the way throughout?

TJ: What I decided to do was concentrate as though the cameras weren't there, behave as though this was a real case and digest the evidence put before me and comment on it. It could be frustrating when I couldn't get a point in before we moved on but there were 12 of us all in the same boat. I spoke my mind but was respectful that friends or relatives of the people involved in each tragic case could be watching.

CBSR: Was it nerve-wracking?

TJ: I didn't find it particularly nerve-wracking, we were looked after very well as I said but it was a serious programme about real murders. I would say it was exciting to be involved as Jury pioneers of the first ever series.

CBSR: Would you appear in another series on The Jury Room?

TJ: Yes, I would love to, it was a great seeing each programme improve day by day and I would love to take my experience onto series two. Hopefully make up will leave my hair alone next time, my friends just fell about laughing.

CBSR: Trevor Rapson, thank you very much.

The Jury Room continues Sundays at 10pm.


MORE FEATURES
Fatal Vows Season 3
By Dave Macleod, Thursday 1st April 2021

FATAL VOWS
Season 3
Weeknights at 22:00, from 6th May until 24th May. 

Fatal Vows traces the deadly and tragic path from “I do” to “you’re dead” in stories of marriages beyond repair. The series uses personal interviews, family photos, expert commentary and dramatic reenactments to understand how the relationships deteriorate so tragically.

Fatal Vows answers the who, what, when, where, how and why it happened, showing us again that… Love may be blind, and marriage bliss, but divorce is murder.

Each hour-long episode of Fatal Vows objectively profiles the details of a settled and closed murder case associated with a couple's divorce.  Each episode is objectiv...

SHARE: READ MORE
Go behind the headlines with 48 Hours
Posted on Wednesday 24th February 2021
48hours_groupshot1.jpg

48 Hours investigates the most intriguing crime and justice cases that touch on all areas of the human experience. Each week the show spearheads in-depth investigations into emotionally compelling stories.

For multiple seasons, 48 Hours has been a leader in original reporting and impact journalism that has helped exonerate wrongly convicted people, caused cold cases to be reopened and solved, and changed lives along the way.

48 Hours goes behind the headlines and gets to the truth behind some of the most talked about and challenging stories from around the globe.

Season 32 of 48 Hours continues weeknights at 8pm on CBS Reality.

...
SHARE: READ MORE
More Killer Couples this March on CBS Reality
Posted on Wednesday 24th February 2021
Killer Couples

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 couple's 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.

Snapped: Killer Couples continues Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm on CBS Reality.

...
SHARE: READ MORE
UK Premiere - Fatal Vows: Season 7 continues through March
Posted on Wednesday 24th February 2021
Fatal Vows Season 7

The UK Premiere of Season 7 of Fatal Vows traces the deadly and tragic path from “I do” to “you're dead” in thirteen stories of marriages beyond repair. The series uses personal interviews, family photos, expert commentary and dramatic re-enactments to understand how the relationships deteriorate so tragically.

Fatal Vows answers the who, what, when, where, how and why it happened over 13 episodes, showing us again that... Love may be blind, and marriage bliss, but divorce is murder.

Each hour-long episode of Fatal Vows objectively profiles the details of a settled and closed murder case associated with a couple's divorce. Each episode is objectively told from di...

SHARE: READ MORE
UK Premiere - Evidence of Evil Season 3
Posted on Monday 1st February 2021
Evidence of Evil

Season 3 of the original true crime series Evidence of Evil explores and reconstructs some of the most intriguing and startling criminal cases of the past two decades, where technology changed the course of the investigations and brought the guilty to justice.

Featuring key witness testimony, new interviews, reconstructed sequences and archive footage, the series showcases the hard work and dedication of investigators, police, scientists, and other experts in their fields.

Evidence of Evil - Season 3 continues every Wednesday at 10pm on CBS Reality.

SHARE: READ MORE
UK Premiere - Homicide's Elite: Season 3
Posted on Wednesday 30th December 2020
Homicides Elite Season 3

Detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez have worked hundreds of homicides together - 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. From the minute the 911 call comes in, to each twist and turn, to arrest and conviction, this compelling new series takes viewers on a wild ride with these partners in crime.

The UK Premiere of Homicide's Elite: Season 3 starts 8th January at 10pm on CBS Reality.

SHARE: READ MORE
UK Premiere - Forensics: Season 2
Posted on Wednesday 30th December 2020
Forensics Season 2

Forensics is the critically acclaimed documentary series exploring the world of Forensic Science in solving real crimes from New Zealand.

Each programme focuses on a real single crime case that has occurred in the last decade and that was solved by the combination of clever crime investigation and forensic science. The cases are pulled straight from the files of our New Zealand forensic experts, police and scene-of-crime officers. This is in-depth, fact- based, high-tech dramatic storytelling.

Viewers are taken through the events as they unfolded for the police and the forensics team, finding clues directly from the crime scene and as the data is assessed, the intricate puzzl...

SHARE: READ MORE
UK Premiere - World's Most Unexplained
Posted on Wednesday 30th December 2020
Elvis_Presley_1970

The UK TV premiere of World's Most Unexplained this January investigates some of the greatest and most enduring mysteries of history and life on earth and beyond.

Science is powerful, but there is much it can't explain. And when people see, hear or believe something that is not explained, science finds itself trying to prove things don’t exist.

How, for example, is it possible that some people have stigmata - the wounds inflicted on Jesus, with no apparent medical or scientific explanation? How can these wounds disappear and reappear? Why, forty years after his reported death, do sightings of Elvis Presley happen every year? Was Mozart poisoned by his arch rival Antonio Sa...

SHARE: READ MORE
Murder by the Sea continues in January
Posted on Wednesday 30th December 2020
Murder by the Sea Season 5

Perhaps it's the sea air or too much sun. But despite the jollity associated with sandcastles and ice creams, breezy promenade walks and donkey rides, many British seaside towns have a dubious reputation for hosting the most remarkable crimes.

The CBS Reality series Murder by the Sea continues to uncover some of the most disturbing cases throughout January.

Some of the most strange and terrifying murders ever recorded in British criminal history have taken place at our famous seaside resorts; the grand hotels playing host to some of the deadliest murderers imaginable, and the seafronts doubling as stalking grounds for the serial killers.

Murder by th...

SHARE: READ MORE
PICK OF THE WEEK
Cold Blood
COLD BLOOD
Thursday 27 May
9.00 PM
Homicide's Elite
HOMICIDE'S ELITE
Sunday 16 May
9.00 PM
Fatal Vows
FATAL VOWS
Monday 24 May
10.00 PM