Tuesday, October 30, 2007

DID BARRY GEORGE KILL JILL DANDO?

In 2002 Channel 4's Cutting Edge broadcast the first programme raising doubts about the conviction of Barry George for the murder of television presenter Jill Dando. He was convicted in July 2001 and lost an appeal a year later. Following the programme his family and supporters submitted an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to have the case re-examined.

Five years later, with Barry George still protesting his innocence, the CCRC has referred the case back to the Court of Appeal. Their ground is that a much-remembered microscopic piece of forensic evidence - a gunshot particle allegedly in the pocket of his coat - cannot carry the evidential weight given it at George's trial. On the eve of a new appeal which could set him free, the team behind the first Cutting Edge returns to the case to tell the story behind the latest dramatic twist in one of Britain's greatest murder mysteries ever.

Director: James Cohen / Channel 4 / Sunday 4 November @ 9.00pm