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‘Forensics: The Real CSI’ returns for fourth series with Dr Jim Turner as academic consultant

The title of the series Forensics The Real CSI overlays a montage of a forensic scientist wearing full protective clothing and mask, a crime scene with barrier tape and marker cones, and a fingerprint

The fourth series of OU/BBC co-production Forensics: The Real CSI returns on Sundays on BBC Two at 21:00, from 10 March.

With unparalleled access to crime scene investigators, the series follows complex cases to reveal the crucial role cutting edge forensics play in bringing criminals to justice.

The series begins with 'Body in the Freezer', with West Midlands Police being called after staff working in a waste disposal site make a grisly discovery: a decomposing body in a freezer which has been brought in for disposal following a flat clearance.  A forensics team attends the scene and the body and freezer are both removed for forensic tests. Although the body has decomposed, the effects of being sealed in the freezer mean that it is well enough preserved for the initial post mortem to confirm that the deceased is an elderly man, and that there are marks on his body suggestive of trauma. How did he die, and how did he end up in a freezer?

The series continues with 'Time of Death' - 32-year-old Marlene Doyle is found dead in a Coventry flat after being reported missing by her mother, and police turn to forensic evidence to identify her killer. A search begins immediately for her boyfriend Patryk Skupinski, with whom she'd been staying, and while Marlene's body is removed for tests, forensic officers search the address for any sign of an intruder.

Dr Jim Turner, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, is one of the academic consultants for the series. Discover more about the series, the academic consultants, and explore an interactive crime scene to look for evidence and learn more about forensic science can be found on the Broadcast & Partnerships site OU Connect.

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