Produced by Woodcut Media and distributed internationally by Abacus Media Rights (AMR), Murder in the Red Light is scheduled to launch April 19th, and Becoming Ian Brady will launch May 10th on the streamer in the UK and Ireland.
Murder in the Red Light (3 x 45’) takes a closer look into the decades of murder cases where killers have targeted vulnerable sex workers as potential victims. For many years these murders rarely hit the headlines and failed to be prioritised by the police. However, in 2006 , this changed forever when local girls in the British town of Ipswich in Suffolk, began to go missing. Over the course of two months, five women’s bodies were found, and unceremoniously dumped in remote rural areas. Their deaths struck fear into the heart of this close-knit community. While families mourned, it became clear the murders were committed by one man, Steven Wright who later became known as The Suffolk Strangler. The three episodes in the series explore the lives of the women themselves, the changing approach of policing these crimes before and after events in Ipswich, as well as examining the public and media response.
The series is produced by Milly Ali, directed by Jo Conchi, and executive produced by Matthew Gordon and Kate Beal for Woodcut Media.
Becoming Ian Brady (3 x 45’) presents the complete story of Britain’s most notorious killer Ian Brady, who between July 1963 and October 1965 along with his partner Myra Hindley, horrifically killed five children in the Greater Manchester area. It was a series of crimes that devastated families, changed a community, and shocked the world. Framing events through Brady’s involvement and the evolution of his twisted desires, the series examines the impact of the murders and questions how they could have happened. The three episodes examine Ian Brady’s upbringing, early ‘career’ and what led him to commit some of the most unspeakable acts the world has ever seen. It questions whether he was born ‘evil’ or was a product of his time and environment. Criminal psychologists say he was more than a psychopath, he was his own ’breed’ of psychopath.
The series is produced by Woodcut Media’s Emma Griffiths, directed by Andy Robinson, and executive produced by Matthew Gordon and Koulla Anastasi.
Matthew Gordon, Executive Producer, Woodcut Media commented: “Prime Video is a superb platform to launch these two powerful documentaries, and we are pleased to be working with Abacus again, who also share our vision for true crime programming. With both these series we have taken new viewpoints on both the subjects and the bigger issues they cover, in order to offer fresh insight into familiar crimes”
Jonathan Ford, Managing Director at Abacus Media Rights said: “Once again Woodcut Media has created two very strong true crime series which deliver a new dimension to shocking real life events. We are very pleased to have these intriguing factual series to offer to our clients who value the high quality mark that Woodcut shows represent."