Crackit Productions has been commissioned to make a six-part docudrama series for Channel 5 that will tell the stories of some of Britain’s most notorious murders.


In forensic and chillingly accurate detail, each film charts the last days leading up to these horrific killings from the perspective of both murderer and victim.


Examining the days, hours and minutes from this dual perspective, the series will use dramatic reconstruction to pinpoint the trigger that set each murder in motion, providing in-depth psychological analysis and anatomy of the devious and calculating plans the killer formulated to lure or trick their victim.


With exclusive access to personal testimony from witnesses who have never before spoken publicly; detailed crime reports; forensic evidence and expert commentary from criminologists, detectives pathologists and journalists, Countdown To Murder brings new form to a subject that is continually engaging , to tell the stories of some of Britain’s most high profile and shocking murders.


The six-hour long episodes, entitled Stalked To Death; Killer In The Royal Family; The Brothers Who Butchered Their Parents; Execution At The Farm; The Kind Hearted Killer; and The Facebook Killer were commissioned by Ben Frow, who said: “Crime, whether drama or documentary is something Channel 5 viewers find fascinating. This new commission combines both forms in a compelling and docudrama series that tell the stories of some of Britain’s most infamous killings.”


From the steroid killer who brutally stabbed his girlfriend 71 times; the former royal aide who battered her boyfriend as he slept in their bed, Crackit’s Creative Director, Elaine Hackett said, ‘Ben has an instinct for programming that delivers killer ratings. We look forward to producing an unflinching, yet compelling docudrama series that delivers storytelling in a fresh and intelligent new way.”


The Executive Producer is Fintan Maguire. The Series Producer is Nick Aarons.


Note to Editors Crackit Productions creates intelligent TV that balances integrity with compelling content, delivering value content across Factual, Features and Factual Entertainment series, singles and live event programming across all broadcasters.


Recent credits include The Fat Fighters for Channel 4, Kym Marsh: Teen Mums and Me for Five, Teen Dad for MTV, Angela & Friends on Sky 1 HD, The Ugly Face of Beauty for Channel 4, Alexander Armstrong’s Very British Holiday for BBC1, The Man Who Shot The 60s for BBC4 and The Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan for BBC1.


Crackit is part of Greenbird, the production company incubator, investor and business accelerator founded by Jamie Munro and Stuart Mullin in October 2012.

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