Crime wave to hit ITV
ITV will go deep into the criminal world in a range of new programmes announced by the channel today.
Brand new series Undercover Prisoner promises to offer a first hand insight into the experience of convicts inside the closed world of prison. Across multiple episodes, the social experiment will show the reality of crime and punishment as seen up close from the inside. The prime time series is produced by ITV Studios.
Following the success of 2015 series The Mafia With Trevor McDonald, the former ITV News anchor returns to the criminal underworld for new commission Mafia Women with Trevor McDonald. This time, he will explore the other side of the story, meeting the wives, girlfriends and daughters who have all lived ‘the life’ and hearing their fascinating perspective on the highs and lows that come with being linked to the mob family. The series will be produced by Plum Pictures.
Sir Trevor said: “I am very excited about continuing the exploration of this fascinating slice of American life.”
Plum will also produce a brand new series of Killer Women with Piers Morgan, which proved a hit with viewers during its recent run on ITV. Piers will return with a series of in-depth interviews with women who have committed the ultimate crime to provide another fascinating insight into the characters and actions of those involved.
Piers said: “‘Filming more Killer Women programmes is something I’m hugely looking forward to. There is no more fascinating genre of television right now than serious crime and murder documentary films, as was reflected in the high ratings for the first series. As a journalist, I found the interviews some of the most absorbing, compelling and disturbing of my career.’
These series are commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.
Sue said: “These new ITV primetime programmes take us deeper into the compelling worlds of crime and punishment – subjects that continue to fascinate our audience. I cant wait for Trevor’s unique take on Mafia Women,,for Piers follow up to Killer Women which promises to be even more chilling and gripping than the first series and Undercover Prisoner an arresting proposition that allows us to look at prisons and prisoners with totally fresh eyes.”