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Crimes That Shook Britain – Season 2 (2011)
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Crimes That Shook Britain – Season 2 (2011)

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Sheds new light on the chilling crimes that created shock-waves across the country and changed the UK forever. Told through the eyes of those at the heart of the crimes, the series analyses the events that led to such atrocities before examining the devastating effects that they have left in their wake.

Using drama reconstructions, witness accounts, police interviews, archive news pieces and intimate access to victims and families; every episode of this compelling series explores the dark depths of some of Britain’s most infamous and disturbing cases.

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Episode 1: “The Hungerford Massacre”

Hungerford is a market town in Berkshire, South East England, with a population of around 6,000, surrounded by woodlands and near the river Dun. The tranquillity of this peaceful town was shattered on 19 August 1987 when a lone gunman, Michael Ryan, 27, went on a killing spree that resulted in the murder of 16 people.

Michael Robert Ryan @ Murderpedia

Hungerford massacre @ Wikipedia

Episode 2: “Harold Shipman”

Harold Shipman was convicted of killing 15 patients in 2000. An official report after his sentencing took that figure to 215! He was sentenced to life in prison and committed suicide in his cell 2004. This exclusive documentary lifts the lid on the shocking discoveries made by his colleagues in early 1998, how Police were alerted but the killer was left to murder three more women before finally being arrested in September 1998.

Harold Shipman @ Murderpedia

Harold Shipman @ Wikipedia

Episode 3: “Stephanie Slater”

Estate Agent Stephanie Slater was abducted in 1992 whilst showing a man around a house. For eight days she was locked in a makeshift coffin, raped and tortured before remarkably being released after a £175,000 ransom was paid by her boss. In this episode Stephanie relives her experience with detailed accounts of the time and how her life changed after the incident. We also reveal an exclusive interview with her father and Police also involved in the case.

Michael Sams @ Murderpedia

Michael Sams @ Wikipedia

Episode 4: “The Russell Murders”

The horrific murder of Lin and Megan Russell in 1996 made headline news worldwide. Lin and her two daughters were bludgeoned whilst walking down a country lane after a swimming lesson. Remarkably Josie, one of the daughters, survived. Michael Stone was convicted of their murders in 1998. In this episode, Shaun Russell, Lin’s husband reveals his tragic story. How he heard the dreadful news, what happened on the day of the tragedy and the aftermath. We also speak with Police and family friends about the case and reconstruct the girls tragic journey on that day.

Michael Stone @ Wikipedia

Episode 5: “Beverley Allitt”

Beverley Allitt was, to most of her colleagues, a ‘model’ nurse. Very astute, caring and always willing to help. But just months into her new job at Grantham and Lincolnshire Hospital her colleagues became suspicious. Allitt was found guilty of murdering four children on the infamous Ward 4 at Grantham and Lincolnshire Hospital during 1991. She was also charged with 11 attempted murders and 11 accounts of grievous bodily harm. This programme relives the tragedy of some relatives and pieces together the remarkable investigation that brought Allitt to justice.

Beverley Allitt @ Wikipedia

Episode 6: “Sarah Payne”

In 2000 eight year old Sarah Payne vanished. The whole nation prayed for her safe return but 17 days after her disappearance she was found dead. Peodophile, Roy Whiting was convicted with her abduction and murder. In the last of this series, Sarah’s mum, relives the heartache of that fateful day and her tireless campaign to protect other children from such evil.

Roy Whiting @ Wikipedia

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