If It Bleeds, It Leads
True crime might be an oversaturated market, but here’s an attempt at a fresh approach.
Bringing the worlds of true crime and fictional crime together are presenters Professor David Wilson, who is one of the UK’s leading criminologists, and Emilia Fox, who stars as forensic anthropologist Dr Nikki Alexander in hit BBC series Silent Witness.
Following on from the pair’s recent three-part Channel 4 series, In The Footsteps Of Killers, David and Emilia turn their hands to cold cases, using the latest forensic science and criminological research to shed new light on unsolved murders, while also dipping into fictional crime.
The podcast launched this past week, with new episodes every Monday. Each week, David and Emilia will tackle the topical true crime stories dominating headlines, as well as probing true crime-focused entertainment. They’ll welcome someone from David’s contact book – former police officers, crime reporters or ex-offenders – to dissect true cases, before switching to Emila’s guest list to discuss a pick from the world of popular culture, such as a new book, TV series or blockbuster film.
Those interviewed for the series include Noel “Razor” Smith, who is Britain’s most prolific bank robber; actor Mark Bonnar, who has starred in Shetland, Line Of Duty and Guilt, and Irish investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre.
Emilia said: “As a long time fan of listening to podcasts and the genre of crime, I absolutely love collaborating with David.
“Getting to talk to experts in the world of crime, I hope our listeners find it as interesting as I do, and that we can provide an opportunity for our audience to ask the questions they want answered by those involved in crime – both fictional and true.”
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