Criminal Britain Season
If the streets could talk, what would they say? What's the truth about young people and crime in the UK, and how does it affect their lives? We look at crime and justice from all angles, from the perspective of the victims and the perpetrators, with our Criminal Britain season starting Monday 26th March at 9pm.
We'll be delving into these issues helped by a range of accounts; from the stories of family members of murder victims, to the evidence of self-shot footage from the offenders, to the experience of young people with parents in prison.
Below are the documentaries featured in the first week of the Criminal Britain Season:
My Murder – Monday 26th March 9pm
A chance meeting with a young girl ends in tragedy in this gripping factual drama. My Murder tells the true story of Shakilus Townsend, a 16 year old boy who was led to his death by the 15 year old he thought was his girlfriend. She was dubbed “the honey trap killer” and the case dominated front pages for weeks. My Murder gives a powerful insight into the reality of growing up on streets blighted by knife crime.
Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs – Tuesday 27th March 9pm
Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates investigates the fear, anger and violence which feeds the dangerous culture of teenage gangs. In a bid to understand how people get drawn into this murky world, Reggie meets the teenagers who see gang membership as one of the few ways of being accepted in their area. He also talks to young people who are trying to break free of a life of gangland crime and meets the former leader of the most feared street gang in South London.
I Never Said Yes – Wednesday 28th March 9pm
This film investigates the issues surrounding rape and sexual violence in the UK where the criminal justice system is often accused of failing victims. Given the horrific and serious nature of the crime, why do so few cases come to court, and why are conviction rates so low? Pips Taylor meets the survivors of rape who feel that the system has completely let them down.
There are lots more gripping documentaries in the second week of our Criminal Britain season including; Our Crime (Monday 2nd April 9pm) exploring the stories behind crimes captured in self-shot footage from bystanders, victims and offenders, Prison, My Family and Me (Tuesday 3rd April 9pm) featuring young people trying to grow up while their carers are locked up in prison, Mugged (Wednesday 4th April 9pm) a look at what it means to be mugged, from victim’s experiences to the longer term aftermath and Free Speech: Crime Special (Wednesday 4th April 10pm).