I suppose Making A Murderer was the first, real big one, and ever since then it just seems like everyone’s trying to one-up each other with new ideas.
Evidently sick of Netflix’s monopoly on the genre, Sky Crime – a brand new channel dedicated to crime documentaries – is being launched in the UK today, with a whole range of thought-provoking programmes set to delve into some of mankind’s darkest true-crime cases.
If you like your crime drama real and slightly terrifying, then set Sky Crime to your favourites list. When launched it will feature premium US true crime from networks like Oxygen and HBO, as well as first-run content from Jupiter and Woodcut.
Here’s the best of them
Susan Cox Powell disappeared in 2009 and her husband Josh was named as a suspect. Tragedy struck again when, two years after her disappearance, Josh took not only his own life but the lives of his two sons as well. The documentary uncovers new details of the final years of Susan’s life and looks at other potential suspects, including her father-in-law Steven Powell.
This anthology series examines the complicated relationship between attorneys and their infamous clients, profiling a different case in each episode. Find out more about the trials of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and serial killer Ted Bundy.
A dark twist on Four Weddings and a Funeral, this show explores the bizarre, yet true stories of engagements, weddings and honeymoons that end with an untimely death. Each episode exposes a grisly homicide on what was most definitely not the happiest day of their lives…
I Love You, Now Die follows the story of 18-year-old Conrad Roy who was believed to have committed suicide in July 2014. Police investigations have since revealed an alarming amount of evidence to suggest his girlfriend Michelle Carter was actually the one that encouraged him to take his own life. This dramatic true-crime series raises questions about technology, social media and mental health.
There will also be Britain’s Most Evil Killers, which trawls back through various high-profile murder cases, including that of Joanna Yeates who was strangled by her neighbour in Bristol and The Case Against Adnan Syed.
Sky Crime, which, along with Sky Comedy, will be available to Sky customers at no extra charge from October, although Sky Comedy will be arriving in February 2020.
Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said:
“Sky Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio, providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows. Sky Crime, the home of premium true crime, will complement Sky Witness perfectly, while Sky Comedy is an exciting new proposition for Sky customers, offering them a daily dose of the best US comedy which will sit alongside our expanding slate of Sky Original comedy on Sky One.
“By investing in the best of the US as well as doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.”
Honestly, it’s like Christmas come early.
Albeit a very gruesome one.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.