BBC documentary strand Storyville will release a new BBC iPlayer box set next week, giving viewers an in-depth look at a gripping murder case.
Killing for Love will premiere on BBC Four on Tuesday 7th March, examining the murder of Nancy and Derek Haysom. On the same day at 10pm, BBC iPlayer will also release a longer, serialised version of the same documentary, with six 30-minute episodes presenting new evidence, cliffhanger twists and different viewpoints.
The films feature interviews with Jens Soering, who confessed to the brutal murder of his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom’s parents in 1985. Yet by the time it came to trial, Jens was claiming he confessed to the murders to protect Elizabeth – and that she had actually been the killer. Through access to the dramatic trials, love letters and interviews with those involved in the case, it attempts to get to the truth of what happened on that fateful night.
Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four, says: “Killing for Love – Storyville is a truly gripping murder mystery and I’m excited that we are not only bringing it to a BBC Four audience, but experimenting in a new way with form and sharing a special box set version on iPlayer as well.”
Kate Townsend, Storyville Commissioning Editor, says: “Now in its 20th year, Storyville is well known for bringing groundbreaking films from around the world to our attention. Finding new ways of telling fascinating character-based stories and being more flexible with forms is important to us. With twists and turns throughout this remarkable and engrossing story, it’s an exciting step in contemporary storytelling and for reaching wider audiences using BBC iPlayer.”
The launch of the online serialisation follows the BBC iPlayer premiere of the Oscar-winning Storyville film, OJ: Made In America, which won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The seven-hour series is available now on iPlayer, ahead of its screening on BBC Four. Read our review of it here.