Beyond The Darklands

beyond-the-darklandsThe Broadcasting Standards Authority has rejected a complaint regarding a promo for a programme looking into the death of three-year-old Nia Glassie.

The complainant argued that the Beyond the Darklands promo used unnecessary graphic language and was sensationalist and distressing.

In taking into account the time the promo aired and the other media attention the case had received, the BSA decided not to uphold the complaint.

8:30pm Monday, November 5 on TV One

Acclaimed psychologist Nigel Latta returns in the ground-breaking Beyond The Darklands. The series has built a solid reputation for delivering in-depth profiles of some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminals in a way that has never been done before.

Tonight, Nigel goes into the mind of New Zealand’s notorious sex offender and cult leader, Bert Potter.

Potter’s cult community, Centrepoint, followed his philosophy of communal therapy and free sexual practices. But Potter’s dream collapsed amid convictions for drug dealing and underage sex.

Was Centrepoint really about utopia? Or pedaphila?

8:30pm Monday, October 29 on TV One

Acclaimed psychologist Nigel Latta returns in the ground-breaking Beyond The Darklands. The series has built a solid reputation for delivering in-depth profiles of some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminals in a way that has never been done before.

Tonight, Nigel looks at those who are left behind – the families of the victims who are taken too soon.

To lose a loved one through an act of violence is beyond the imagining of most people. Yet it can, and does, impact the lives of many New Zealanders.

Nigel uses his experience as a psychologist to look at how normal people cope when faced with the unthinkable.

8:30pm Monday, October 15 on TV One

Acclaimed psychologist Nigel Latta returns in the ground-breaking Beyond The Darklands. The series has built a solid reputation for delivering in-depth profiles of some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminals in a way that has never been done before.

Tonight, Nigel looks at the life of Peter Holdem, a convicted murderer and paedophile who tortured and killed six-year-old Louisa Damodran in 1986.

Holdem came from a seemingly nice, normal Christchurch family but by his late twenties he already had numerous convictions for indecently assaulting young girls.

Up for parole next year, is Holdem likely to reoffend? Does he show any remorse for his crimes? And just how can we understand someone like Peter Holdem?

Nigel investigates the psychology of career paedophiles and examines if they are ever redeemable.

It’s won multiple Emmy’s and Golden Globes and TV3 have gone to great lengths to get it to air in New Zealand a matter of hours after it has aired in the US but it seems to have done nothing for the ratings.

Homeland was only the fifth most watched program on TV3 last night and only managed to draw an average audience of 195,600 viewers.

In comparison, Beyond the Darklands drew 575,520 on TV One while Grey’s Anatomy had 361,440.

It is a true shame that the ratings don’t reflect the stellar effort by TV3.

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

8:30pm Monday, October 8 on TV One

Acclaimed psychologist Nigel Latta returns in the ground-breaking Beyond The Darklands. The series has built a solid reputation for delivering in-depth profiles of some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminals in a way that has never been done before.

Tonight, three-year-old Nia Glassie was tortured to death by her caregivers in one of the most shocking cases of child abuse New Zealand has ever seen.

The acts inflicted on her by her mother’s partner Wiremu Curtis and his brother Michael were almost unthinkable, while Nia’s own mother turned a blind eye.

Nigel looks at what turned these two young men into heartless murderers, why Nia’s mother refused to save her and how New Zealand can address its appalling child abuse statistics.

8:30pm Monday, September 24 on TV One

Acclaimed psychologist Nigel Latta returns in the ground-breaking Beyond The Darklands. The series has built a solid reputation for delivering in-depth profiles of some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminals in a way that has never been done before.

Tonight, Cyndi Fairburn drove for over 13 kilometres as her ex-partner clung to the bonnet of her car, before crossing the centreline of the road and colliding head on with another vehicle, killing her former lover.

Was it murder or manslaughter? What would lead a woman to kill her partner this way?

Nigel looks at how Cyndi’s early years of child abuse impacted on the decisions she made as an adult, and ultimately, the death of someone she claimed to still care about.

8:30pm Monday, September 17 on TV One

Acclaimed psychologist Nigel Latta returns in the ground-breaking Beyond The Darklands. The series has built a solid reputation for delivering in-depth profiles of some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminals in a way that has never been done before.

Tonight, Cyndi Fairburn drove for over 13 kilometres as her ex-partner clung to the bonnet of her car, before crossing the centreline of the road and colliding head on with another vehicle, killing her former lover.

Was it murder or manslaughter? What would lead a woman to kill her partner this way?

Nigel looks at how Cyndi’s early years of child abuse impacted on the decisions she made as an adult, and ultimately, the death of someone she claimed to still care about.

8:30pm Monday, September 10 on TV One

Acclaimed psychologist Nigel Latta returns in the ground-breaking Beyond The Darklands. The series has built a solid reputation for delivering in-depth profiles of some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminals in a way that has never been done before.

Tonight, Brad Callaghan was a young, successful engineer who, seemingly out of the blue, beat the mother of his child, Carmen Thomas, to death.

The lengths he went to to cover up his crimes reads like something out of a movie. Carmen’s body was cut into eight pieces, covered in concrete and buried in the Waitakere mountain ranges.

The victim was young and beautiful, the crime macabre. But eeriest of all, the murderer could easily be the man next door.

8:30pm Monday, September 3 on TV One

Acclaimed psychologist Nigel Latta returns in the ground-breaking Beyond The Darklands. The series has built a solid reputation for delivering in-depth profiles of some of New Zealand’s most infamous criminals in a way that had never been done before.

Nigel continues to delve deep into each offender’s past to build a compelling picture of the psychological journey from childhood to some of the worst crimes this country has ever seen.

This season, Beyond The Darklands goes a step further. Each episode explores a different type of offending and uses scientific psychological exploration to profile individuals.

Through these individuals and their own compelling journeys, Nigel investigates their development, traits and key turning points where choices may have, or did, change the course of their lives.

If we know why these things happen, can they be stopped? This question has never been more important for New Zealand as a society that is confronted with the grim reality of these crimes every day.