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  • 2018-01-21T06:00:00+01:00 on Crime & Investigation Network (UK)
  • 60 mins
  • 8 hours, 0 mins
  • Documentary

When there's a murder with no suspect, no leads and perhaps not even a body, that's when investigators face their toughest test. Evidence must be gathered. Evidence must be analysed. But evidence is worthless if it can't be pinned to a suspect... Most murder victims knew the person that killed them. That's why homicide, in many cases, is a straightforward crime to solve. Yet 20% of UK homicides are classified as "circumstances unknown".

In this series, Robbie Coltrane reveals eight of the hardest, most complex and baffling murder cases ever to be investigated by British police. The focus of each programme is the trail of evidence: how it was discovered, what it meant and how it became critical to crack the case. With interviews from the lead investigators and forensic specialists, many speaking for the first time, Robbie reveals the astonishing twists and turns of often stranger-than-fiction cases. It is a record of the detectives' art: using skill and determination to solve seemingly unsolvable cases – because the only difference between success and failure is critical evidence

8 episodes

2x01 Little Miss Nobody: Alan Charlton

  • Season Premiere

    2018-01-21T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Robbie Coltrane reveals eight of the hardest, most complex and baffling murder cases ever to be investigated by British police.

2x02 The Perfect Murder: Roger and David Cooper

  • 2018-01-28T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Robbie Coltrane examines the case of two brothers who murdered a marketing manager on Christmas Eve 2014 using chloroform.

2x03 Appointment With Death: Scott Singleton

  • 2018-02-04T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Robbie Coltrane examines the case of Scott Singleton, who murdered a 17-year-old girl after luring her to a bogus job interview.

2x04 Countryside Killings: Graham Backhouse

  • 2018-02-11T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Robbie Coltrane examines why Graham Backhouse attempted to kill his wife with a car bomb before murdering his neighbour in 1984.

2x05 Far From Home: Kyu Soo Kim

  • 2018-02-18T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Robbie Coltrane examines the harrowing case of a London landlord who sadistically tortured and murdered two of his tenants.

2x06 The Saturday Night Strangler: Joe Kappen

  • 2018-02-25T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Robbie Coltrane examines how DNA evidence ended a 30-year hunt for triple murderer and rapist in Wales.

2x07 The Double Axe Murderer: Dennis Smalley

  • 2018-03-04T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Robbie Coltrane examines the horrific crimes of Dennis Smalley and the tiny clue that led to his capture and conviction.

2x08 Into Thin Air: David Gilroy

  • 2018-03-11T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

In 2010, Suzanne Pilley disappeared on her way to work in Edinburgh. Here, Robbie Coltrane reveals the remarkable way her killer was caught.

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