Real Crime

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Monday 14 May, 8.30pm

Real Crime investigates the murder of Hells Angel Gerry Tobin who was shot dead on one of the UK’s busiest motorways while riding home from the Bulldog Bash Festival in 2007. Unravel the ferocious motorcycle club rivalry which pre-empted such a public execution and look at how that conflict continues to be played out on the world stage. With unprecedented access to the police investigation, CCTV footage and to Gerry Tobin’s family we piece together the events which lead up to the death of an angel.

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Monday 16 May, 8.30pm

In these exclusive real crime stories we follow from the scene, through the investigation, to justice.

Episode: To the Ends of the Earth

This is the story of how officers from one of the UK’s elite ‘Homicide and Major Enquiry Teams’ brought to justice the gang that shot dead WPC Sharon Beshenivsky during a bungled robbery. Access all the key characters including the husband of WPC Beshenivsky, the WPC who was alongside her when she was shot, and the man who led the investigation.

Episode: Taking Down the Gooch

In the second episode, follow the journey of a specialist police team who brought down the leaders of one of the nation’s most feared criminal Gangs. With access to the videos, interview tapes, and forensic materials that made it possible, it’s a story that holds out hope for every city blighted by gun and gang crime… and should put fear into those involved in it.

9:30pm Tuesday, November 16 on TV One

Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. A city changing so rapidly that formal structures of law and order can’t keep up with its population.

In Real Crime: Louis Theroux – Law And Disorder In Lagos, Theroux spends time with local youths (Area Boys) who patrol the streets of Lagos charging or extorting money from drivers and local businesses. At the same a paramilitary state government group called the KAI (Kick Against Indiscipline) routinely storms different districts of the city, bulldozes whole precincts and arrests hundreds if they can detect any violation of the state’s environmental laws.

Talking to times.co.uk, Theroux says that his idea behind making the documentary was: “to experience life at it’s most lively in a city torn between law and disorder”. He goes on to explain, “I was hoping to understand how power is exercised and order kept in one of Africa’s most chaotic big cities.”

To do this, Theroux meets MC, who is the head of Area Boy life, a former street youth who has become a friend of the most powerful men in the city. Theroux describes him as, “an exemplar of a certain kind of charismatic and informal authority”. MC is rich, he has guns, drives flash cars, and lives in an enormous house with his own private mosque. Theroux remarks that MC, “leads a glamorous, celebrity-type existence.”

However, appearances can be deceiving as Theroux explains about his guide who, “introduced me to a woman stall holder selling a small pile of goods on a blanket. I asked if she knew MC she looked rather frightened and shook her head.”

As his journey continues Theroux says “as I came to know MC and his organisation better, I got more of these glimpses of the shadowy, less strictly legal side of his world.” And he witnesses someone firing a shotgun from MC’s car.

Watch as Theroux explores life in a world in which the forces of law and the forces of disorder are not always readily distinguishable and nothing is quite what it seems.

9:30pm Tuesday, November 9 on TV One

In 2008, Al Gentry achieved his goal of 22 years of continuous work: he had Betty Neumar arrested for the murder of his brother Harold, Betty’s husband in 1986.

Only then did it emerge that Harold Gentry was just one of Betty’s five former husbands – all five of whom appear to have died in suspicious circumstances. The media had a field day and labelled Betty ‘The Black Widow’ – but can this 76-year-old Grandmother really have got away with murder, not just once but five times?

Five Weddings Five Funerals seeks the answer, tracking down some of the surviving relatives of the dead husbands, Betty’s own children from different marriages, and finally ‘The Black Widow’ herself.

Al Gentry always believed Betty was guilty of murder since his brother’s death, “There’s too much happened to her not to be guilty of something. There’s too much. It’s not just coincidental.”

Gentry describes what the last two decades have been like, trying to bring Betty to justice, “They say there’s a heaven and hell and I believe I’ve lived in hell right here on Earth for the last 23 years.”

It wasn’t until a new sheriff took over the case that Gentry believes he had any real response from the police, “I pursued it for 21 years with four sheriffs until Rick Buriss came in as sheriff, ” Gentry continues, “He looked at it [Gentry’s files of evidence] about three minutes and said we need an arrest on this as soon as possible.”

Since the story broke in the newspapers and Betty was arrested, Gentry has felt the need to arm himself for protection, “I carry a gun for protection, because the DA told me I needed protection because my life had been threatened.”

What can we expect from TV One in 2011?  Well, it appears as though the experiment of 2010 has been done away with and the edginess has gone and it’s returned to solid 25-54 programming.

Check out the trailers below.  Unfortunately, the kiwi shows don’t have trailers on YouTube, yet (nudge, nudge, wink, wink @TV2Boy!).

New Shows

Enlightened

Body of Proof

Episodes

Harry’s Law

Offspring

Winners and Losers

Tangle

Suspect Behaviour

Spicks and Specks 

New Local Shows
North – The sequel to Marcus Lush’s highly acclaimed South
Masterchef Masterclasses
Nothing Trivial – from the creators of Go Girls
Do or Die – confronting Kiwi’s with bad health habits
Politicians at Work
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers
Family Feud

Returning Shows
Packed to the Rafters
Undercover Boss
Criminal Minds
Castle
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Returning Local Shows 
One News
Close Up
Sunday
Intrepid Journeys
The Investigator
Beyond the Darklands
Fair Go
Animal Rescue
Coastwatch
Piha Rescue
Real Life
Real Crime 

9:30pm Tuesday, November 2 on TV One

Current affairs presenter Mark Austin looks into the life and crimes of Peter Tobin, considered by some as Britain’s worst ever serial killer. Through archive footage, interviews with professionals who worked on the Tobin police cases, and contributors who are linked personally to Tobin, the extent of his crimes are revealed to show just how far his reach was across the UK. (Tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE).

The film also looks at the other unsolved murders that Tobin may have committed; killings which could stretch back over a period of 40 years, including the disappearance of ten women in England and the suspicion that he may be the infamous Scottish Serial Killer ‘Bible John’.

Mixing archive news footage with dramatic reconstructions as well as interviews with the families of the victims and the police who investigated his crimes, the film reveals the criminal life of a truly terrifying man.

Austen explains, “in this documentary we will examine Tobin’s past, attempting to see what drove this man to become a monster. Talking to his two ex-wives and his son we will hear terrifying tales of his brutal temper and the cruelty he showed to those closest to him.”

9:30pm Tuesday, September 7 on TV One

In the early hours of the December 19, 1984 a car left the road and plunged to the bottom of a cliff on the rocky Kaikoura coast. The vehicle belonged to one of New Zealand’s most notorious criminals, Ronald Jorgensen; famous for his role in the 1963 Basset Road machine gun murders.

Tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE Real Crime: The Missing will re-explore the case of Ronald Jorgensen, and pick up a trail that leads them across the Tasman.

Former Detective of the Christchurch police, Neville Stokes, recalls being called by the local authorities, who became concerned about the crash scene as soon as it was established Jorgensen was nowhere to be found. “They didn’t believe it was credible and [the Christchurch police] came up and I went up there with half a dozen or so detectives to carry out preliminary enquiries,” says Stokes.

At the time Jorgensen vanished, he was living in a pokey caravan at the back of his elderly father’s house in Kaikoura. He was painting a house belonging to a woman at South Bay. The last sightings of him were at that house the day before the car was found. Neighbours noted hearing Jorgensen speak with another man at the property, but Stokes and his team were able to tie down the movements of all his acquaintances and with alibis.

Stokes says, “we ruled any of them out – we have never been able to determine who the second person was at the address.”

However for Stokes, the next piece in the puzzle occurred a few hours later just South of Kaikoura township. “Around 1am that morning a truck driver was travelling north on the coast road and when he came round the corner the Cortina car was there with the front wheels hanging over the cliff. There was a person standing by the car and he was described as a tallish person who looked quite relaxed,” he says.

Did Jorgensen commit suicide? Was he murdered? Or did engineer his own disappearance? Twenty-six years on Real Crime: The Missing investigate.

Missed an episode of Real Crime: The Missing? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button

9:30pm Tuesday, August 31 on TV One

Louis Theroux visits Central Valley, California, home to some of the most impoverished rural towns in America, where crystal-meth addiction is among the most prolific in the USA (tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE)

“Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a derivative of speed. Cheap and easy to produce, it can be devastating for those who get addicted” Theroux explains. “I was hoping to understand the hold the drug exerts over its users…by spending time in the world of the hardcore addicts.”

Theroux begins by asking a policeman in the city, how much of the crime they see is meth related? The policeman paints a bleak picture, “half or maybe even more. Everybody knows somebody that’s got a family member or friend or relative that somehow has been impacted by narcotics. Everything from domestic violence, child abuse, property crimes, theft, vehicle burglaries.”

Theroux is curious to meet more addicts and understand the appeal of the meth lifestyle, “given the scale of the drug problem in Fresno, it’s perhaps not surprising that the city’s also home to the largest rehab facility in the state of California. It’s run by a company called Westcare. Many of the addicts here have been sent by the courts as an alternative to a jail term. They live segregated by sex. A majority have a problem with meth,” he says.

“Recently, there’s been a surge in the number of addicted women. One of the side effects of meth is unbridled sexual activity and many of the women are mothers to large numbers of children.”

Theroux meets Westcare’s Deputy Administrator, Lynn Pimantelle, who talks about the kind of women who come under her care, “85 per cent have been victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. Men know who their enemies are, who would want to hurt them. They’re gangs, they’re the police. Women tend to be abused and hurt by those who say ‘i love you’, so we treat the men different than the women. They [men] have to learn how to express themselves. Women have no problems expressing themselves, it’s what they do with it that is the problem.”

Theroux meets addicts who claim to live relatively normally lives, like a man called Carl, who along with his wife, spends between $400 – $700 a week on his habit. Carl says “I slam [inject] three or four times a day every day and I eat, sleep every day, take vitamins, take care of myself and sure, it’s affected my life some but I have a wife, we’ve been together 27 years.” However, despite Carl’s claims that his life is unaffected, Theroux discovers that he and his wife lost custody of their five children because of their habit.

Theroux comes to a conclusion about the city’s problem and asks Pimantell, “is it possible that it’s not really about meth, it’s about severely damaged people, people from traumatic backgrounds, and they’ll find something to medicate themselves with, no matter what?”

Pimantelle agrees, “yes. I think you’re right. The physical and the psychological addiction is much more potent than other drugs and because it’s cheap, abundant and rapidly and highly addictive, of course that’s why we have more of them.”

Theroux summarises, “meth can destroy lives and create misery, but it also takes root in communities that are already chaotic and under strain. It provides a primitive and dangerous kind of pain relief, going on to cause new pain across the generations.”

9:25pm Tuesday, August 10 on TV One

During the 1980s in South Yorkshire, a rapist was on the loose, attacking six women and stealing their stiletto shoes. Police were baffled and, with no obvious suspects, their investigation stalled. Then, the rapes stopped and the Rotheram shoe rapist became a cold case.

Tonight at 9.25pm on TV ONE Real Crime: The Hunt For The Shoe Rapist, discovers that almost 20 years later, advances in DNA technology led to the re-examination of the evidence from the attacks and the investigation was re-opened. Hunt For The Shoe Rapist tells the story of how, through dogged, tireless police work and cutting edge science, Detective Sue Hickman of the South Yorkshire Police finally tracked down the man responsible.

9:30pm Tuesday, July 27 on TV One

Wormwood Scrubs prison is one of Europe’s largest jails, holding up to 1280 male inmates, from drug-addicted petty villains to sophisticated thieves and extremely violent criminals. New factual series Real Crime: Wormwood Scrubs (tonight on TV ONE at 9.30pm) follows the frenetic lives of prisoners and prison officers who make up this complex, noisy and often dangerous community.

At Wormwood Scrubs prison, up to 80 per cent of the inmates have drug issues; many have mental health problems; and most are unwanted by a society that has washed its hands of them.

‘The Scrubs’ has no such luxury: “A lot of our prisoners are illiterate, or innumerate; some of them have never worked in their lives,” says Phil Taylor, the Governor of Wormwood Scrubs. “Some have been criminals from a very young age and they are really damaged and difficult people to work with, all the more reason why we should work with them.”

Some wings can hold over 300 prisoners and with only 12 guards to keep order, bullying and violence can be a daily occurrence. “I’ve been coming here for years and years,” says serial offender Jason Cox. “If you don’t back it straight away, or let someone know you’re not messing about, that person or them people will end up ripping into you every single day.”

This compelling series follows staff as they attempt to keep control – often in the face of extreme provocation and violence and with little incentive for the prisoners to go straight. “I’ve known people who commit crime on purpose just to come to prison (to deal drugs) and get rich,” says Cox.

Tonight’s programme focuses on the staff of Wormwood Scrubs and on the testing conditions they work under. Officers in the segregation unit attempt to manage one of Britain’s most disruptive offenders; staff deal with a suicide in prison and then attempt to maintain calm on the wing as it erupts in a fit of anger; finally, the staff save the life of one prisoner who, estranged from his girlfriend, self harms and nearly hits an artery.