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Is this 2018’s first great true crime documentary?

Unsolved murders are like catnip for true-crime junkies. Limited information drip-fed over a number of hours has proved the perfect formula for hit series like Making A Murderer and Casting JonBenet. But often, the most frustrating mysteries are best absorbed all at once. Enter Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer: Trevor Hardy – a fascinating one-hour documentary set to air on Crime + Investigation this Sunday (January 14). It’s the gripping untold story of a brutal serial killer on the loose in 1970s Manchester. If you’re a sucker for a good investigative thriller, then you won’t want to miss it. Here’s everything you need to know to get your detective on this weekend.

What’s it about?

Trevor Joseph Hardy, aka The Beast of Manchester, was a convicted serial killer who murdered three innocent schoolgirls back in the mid-’70s. He escaped capture for nearly two years before his arrest in August 1976.

Read more at: http://www.nme.com/blogs/tv-blogs/britains-forgotten-serial-killer-trevor-hardy-2218709

New Documentary Chronicles Doctor’s Web of Lies — and Heartbreak of Newswoman He Duped

Benita Alexander thought she had found her modern day Prince Charming.

Capping off a whirlwind romance filled with gondola rides in Venice and quiet dinners in the Greek islands, she was promised a wedding in the Italian countryside officiated by the Pope himself.

But the former NBC News producer would come to find out the hard way that even the most glamorous and convincing of appearances can be deceiving.

On Feb. 14, Investigation Discovery, in conjunction with Efran Films, will premiere the astonishing — and true — story of love gone wrong in a new documentary special called, He Lied About Everything.

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The two-part special details how Alexander, an award-winning investigative news producer, met Dr. Paolo Macchiarini while she was producing an NBC News special about

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/he-lied-about-everything-documentary/

Apple adds a documentary series about extraordinary homes to its streaming lineup

Apple has greenlit a new documentary series called “Home,” according to a new report from Variety out today. The series will give viewers an “inside look” at extraordinary homes from around the world — and those who built them — over the course of 10 one-hour episodes.

The show is the latest addition to Apple’s growing lineup of original shows, which are increasingly more competitive to those you’d find on other streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

Yesterday, for example, word came out about Apple’s upcoming Reese Witherspoon thriller starring Octavia Spencer, called “Are You Sleeping.” The show also includes notable behind-the-scenes talent with Nichelle Tramble Spellman, a writer and producer for “The Good Wife” and “Serial” producer Sarah Koenig.

Koenig will be consulting on the show, which focuses on true crime podcasts’ growing popularity.

Apple also has aRead more at: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/05/apple-adds-a-documentary-series-about-extraordinary-homes-to-its-streaming-lineup/

Netflix documentary series Rotten exposes fraud and corruption in today’s global food industry

Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow – and quite literally so – in Rotten, a Netflix documentary series that gives food production the true-crime treatment that will lead you to never look at your dinner plate in the same way again.

Whether you prefer to dine out in gourmet luxury, eat franchise burgers or cook nutritious meals at home, there’s more than enough scandal here – and impact on your well-being – to plant unease in the pit of your stomach.

Rotten dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits,” according to Netflix.

“In a world where huge global supply-chains are increasingly intertwined and consolidated, this series starts on your dinner plate… and follows the money to the shocking consequences – intended or not – of regulation, innovation and greed.”

The series hails from people who know the ins and

Read more at: https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/television/netflix-documentary-series-rotten-exposes-fraud-and-corruption-in-today-s-global-food-industry-1.692045

New Netflix Documentary Rotten Is Going To Be Our 2018 Favourite

There is nothing better than snuggling up if your brand new festive pyjamas, grabbing one of the many Terry’s Chocolate Oranges you received this Christmas and binge watching Netflix documentaries, right?

Loads of new films and series have been added to the subscription service this winter as Netflix knows exactly what we’re all going to be up to in these weird few days after Christmas and New Year.


And if you are looking for a brand new documentary to waste hours of your life watching, Rotten might be right up your street.

According to Lovin Manchester, the series is getting a lot of attention, and by the sounds of it, is well worth the watch.

You can watch the trailer for the show here, but a word of warning, it’s pretty eye-opening…

Credit: Netflix/Rotten

It is a six-part series, and will focus on the global food industry – something a

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Errol Morris: the master documentary maker on true crime mysteries, CIA conspiracies, and Oscar snubs

In 1953, an American scientist working with the CIA fell through the thirteenth-floor window of a New York hotel room, and plummeted to his death. Was it an accident? Suicide? Or something more sinister?

That’s the question posed by Wormwood, a new Netflix documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris. The mysterious fate of that scientist, Frank Olson, who shortly before his death had tried to quit his job on a secret germ warfare programme, became an obsession for his young son Eric, who has spent more than six decades searching for the truth.

Built around a series of interviews with Eric, Wormwood follows him down a rabbit-hole of lies, cover-ups and conspiracy theories. “It’s a story with hundreds of hydra heads,” says Morris. “I first became interested in it as a result of talking with Eric Olson, but I had no way of knowing how rich the story would become.” By

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/on-demand/0/errol-morris-true-crime-explosion-cia-conspiracy-behind-wormwood/

All About Netflix’s New Documentary Wormwood | PEOPLE.com

Netflix’s upcoming docuseries Wormwood mixes fiction and nonfiction to investigate a thicket of decades-long conspiracy theories around the CIA — and how one family may have paid the price for the agency’s secrets.

But to Errol Morris, its Oscar-winning director, Wormwood‘s key mystery is fairly simple.

“It’s a room,” he tells PEOPLE of the six-part series, exclusively previewed above. “When you boil it all down, there’s a room in this hotel on Seventh Avenue in New York overlooking the old Penn Station. Just after Thanksgiving 1953, Frank Olson, an Army scientist, goes out a window 13 floors onto the pavement below. What happened in that room? What in God’s name happened in that room?”

“All of Wormwood is an attempt to reconstruct that, to reconstruct the mystery of that black box, the four walls of that room and what transpired,” Morris continues. “Was Frank Olson committing suicide, was this an accident or was

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/preview-netflix-true-crime-documentary-wormwood/

This incredible, must-watch, Goodfellas-esque documentary is on TV this week

By Paul Moore

Corrupt cops, drug deals and brilliant dialogue. You really need to see this hidden gem.

If a film is going to be compared to Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, it better be good. Damn good.

Thankfully, The Seven Five, is just that because it’s an absolutely remarkable story. How does a decent cop go from protecting the peace to being one of the most feared gangsters in the five boroughs?

Tiller Russell’s documentary tells the story of Michael Dowd, more commonly known as ‘the dirtiest cop in New York City history’. In the 1980s, Dowd patrolled the mean streets of one of the toughest precincts in Brooklyn. He also headed a ruthless criminal network that stole money and drugs, ultimately resulting in the city’s biggest ever corruption scandal. In this explosive true crime saga, Dowd tells all as he relives his days as a mobster

Read more at: https://www.joe.ie/movies-tv/incredible-must-watch-goodfellas-esque-documentary-tv-week-608517

Documentary ‘What Happened in Vegas’ blows the whistle on local police

A filmmaker’s brutal encounter with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department compelled him to make “What Happened in Vegas,” a documentary profile that blows the whistle on a disturbing pattern of excessive force and corruption within its ranks.

Ramsey Denison, a TV editor by trade, was vacationing in Las Vegas several years ago when he placed a 911 call after witnessing what he felt was police brutality against a handcuffed man, only to himself be subsequently arrested and sentenced to three days in the Clark County Detention Center.

Judging from the four case studies included in this documentary, Denison got off comparatively easy, given the fatal police shootings of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott, Stanley Gibson and Tashii Farmer-Brown, which to date have resulted in seven-figure settlement payments by the LVMPD to the families of Cole and Gibson.

Denison’s experience cutting true crime programs pays off, delivering a polished production that also profiles the

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-capsule-what-happened-in-vegas-review-20171130-story.html