When is Murder, Mystery and My Family on TV?

By Guest, 21 March 2019 - 12:12pm

Series 2 of the popular family history crime series returns this week - and here's your chance to be featured in series 3

Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein on Murder Mystery and My Family
Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein (left) on Murder, Mystery and My Family (Credit: Chalkboard TV/ BBC)

For at least some of those conducting family research, the shock of finding that a forebear was involved in a major crime will be familiar.

But last year, the daytime television series Murder, Mystery and My Family revealed that not all convictions are safe.

The show’s co-presenters, criminal barristers Jeremy Dein and Sasha Wass, re-examine historic murder cases using modern forensic techniques and talk to the descendants of the alleged killer.

The first series was a success, with over two million viewers tuning in, and won a Broadcast Award for Best Daytime Programme.

The second series starts on Monday 25 March 2019, with ten brand-new episodes broadcasting at 9.15am on weekdays on BBC One.

“There are some really staggering examples of miscarriage of justice,” Jeremy Dein told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.

He explained that working on the show is “all-consuming”: “You’re dealing with issues of people being sent to the gallows, potentially for crimes they haven’t committed and looking at the question of whether the state has wrongly killed individuals.”

The emotional impact of these miscarriages carries down the years. “[The series] highlights the extraordinary impact of the belief that a relative of yours has been wrongly convicted can have on an individual when you’ve never met that person,” Dein said.

“Family after family proved to us that it can have an absolutely devastating effect, even though we might be talking about someone of two generations earlier.”

The series is based on research into the archives and records surrounding the cases.

While Dein effectively acts as an advocate for those committed of crimes, Sasha Wass looks at the cases “more objectively and impartially”, as a prosecutor would.

At the end of each episode, a magistrate weighs what they’ve found.

Not that the stories necessarily end there. Murder, Mystery And My Family: Case Closed, revisiting cases from the first series, will air soon.

In addition, producers Chalkboard TV are looking for participants for a third series.

If a member of your family was convicted of murder before 1975 and you think he or she may have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice, please email: familymystery@chalkboardtv.com.

 

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