The chilling BBC/OU Co-production The Detectives: Murder on the Streets returns for a second series this autumn, following Manchester’s homicide detectives as they work to unravel complex murder cases.
With unparalleled and intimate access, this four-part series follows the Manchester team over the course of a year as they try to crack complex cases in real time.
Open University academics from the disciplines of psychology and law, lecturers Dr Zoe Walkington and Hugh McFaul helped advise on the academic insight behind the programme, and the series will be included in an upcoming new module for OU forensic psychology students.
Senior lecturer in psychology, Dr Zoe Walkington says:
This series offers viewers and students an unparalleled insight into the challenges faced by Greater Manchester Police’s murder investigation team. Viewers will learn about the complexities of police decision making during investigations, as well as the challenging interpersonal interactions officers are involved in during these serious criminal cases.
Lecturer in law, Hugh McFaul adds:
The highly complex crime cases covered in this series give a fascinating and unique insight into how the British criminal justice system works. The series vividly illustrates the legal rules and principles that apply when charging criminal cases, and how the evidence detectives gather is used.
The Detectives: Murder on the Streets starts on Wednesday 20 September 2017 on BBC2 at 9pm.
To accompany the series, OpenLearn - the OU's home of free learning, has extensive content in connection with the series’ subject areas, including an immersive interactive to test your instincts in law, and myth busters on criminology. Find out more http://www.open.edu/openlearn/tv-radio-events/tv/the-detectives-murder-on-the-streets
- Commissioned by: Dr Caroline Ogilvie
- Academic Consultants: Hugh McFaul (FBL) and Dr Zoe Walkington (FASS)
- Media Fellows: Angela Lilley, Terry O’Sullivan (FBL), Sue Hemmings, (FASS)
- Broadcast Project Manager: Amie Nimmo
- Online Project Producer: Georgia Axtell-Powell