Channel 4 have announced the commission of A Year of British Murder, a feature-length special which sets out to track all the murders that take place in a single year in the UK. Through gathering and deciphering 2017's homicide statistics, the film will reveal the emerging and often surprising trends about who is being killed, who is ending lives, how and where they are taking place. It will explore the way we cover these terrible acts of violence, the stories we tell ourselves about them, and what they tell us about Britain today.
Multiple Bafta-winning director Ben Anthony (7/7: One Day in London, Life and Death Row, Don’t Take My Baby) will illustrate trends with individual stories telling the devastating impact of murder on the friends, family, colleagues and the ripples of trauma that reach the larger community of both the victims and the perpetrators. Collectively these cases will help build a powerful picture of murder in Britain and the society within which they occur. John Smithson is the Executive Producer.