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New OU/BBC Series: Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us

Catching British Killer BBC/TV series poster

On Wednesday 9th October 2019 a new OU/BBC TV series will begin on BBC2 at 9.00pm (BBC2 Wales at 11.15pm).   

The stories of three murder investigations and their extraordinary consequences, which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection.

Episode 1 – DNA

The hunt to find the killer of two teenage girls in 1980s Leicestershire which led to an extraordinary forensic breakthrough: DNA fingerprinting.

Episode 2 – Double Jeopardy

Shocked by the failure to convict her daughter’s killer, a mother fights for justice by taking on the legal establishment and overturning an 800-year-old law.

Episode 3 – Interrogation

The story of how a 1970s miscarriage of justice, involving three teenage boys, would lead to a radical overhaul of police powers and a brand-new method of investigation.

This series was commissioned by Broadcast and Partnerships, supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Business and Law.

The OU Nominated Academics are Paul Catley, Dr Zoe Walkington, Dr Matthew Jones. The Media Fellow is Liz Moody.


Investigate more about DNA, forensics and the criminal justice system on OpenLearn.

 (please note the website may not be live until transmission)

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