The BBC has confirmed a brand new docuseries on the famous doctor of death, Harold Shipman.
It’ll be perfect for all you true crime addicts, and will be relatively easy to watch as it is only a three-part series.
Made by filmmaker Chris Wilson, The Shipman Files will examine the shocking crimes of Shipman with a fine-tooth comb.
Shipman, a GP who spent most of his career working in Greater Manchester, was found guilty of murdering 15 people in 2000, but his victims were thought to run into the hundreds.
Across the series, Wilson meets with those closest to the case both professionally and personally.
He’s set to explore the attitudes towards the elderly that enabled the respected doctor to get away with murder.
The docuseries is set to follow the stories of the victims rather than the killer, as with the BAFTA-winning series The Yorkshire Ripper Files.
There will be first-hand accounts from some of the victims’ closest friends and family plus detectives, journalists, doctors.
Episode one will show viewers how the crimes were first discovered, opening in Hyde where Shipman worked for over 20 years.
The BBC description reads: “Shipman was one of the town’s most popular GPs. But in 1998, doubts were raised over the validity of the will left by one of his deceased patients, whose death Shipman had certified as due to ‘old age’.
“When the police exhumed her body, the subsequent post-mortem revealed that she had in fact been killed by a fatal dose of diamorphine – pure, medical-grade heroin.
“Suddenly what had been a curious complaint, became a murder inquiry, and the victim’s GP, Harold Shipman, became the prime suspect.
“And looking back at the deaths of several more of his recently deceased patients, police inquiries quickly snowballed into a multiple murder investigation.
“Shipman would eventually stand trial for the murder of 15 of his former patients from Hyde, all of them women, almost all of them elderly.”
The three-part series will be a gripping watch, which will question whether the fact Shipman targeted mainly elderly patients was the real reason he got away with killing so many people over such a long period of time.
Chris Wilson, the filmmaker behind the series, says: “There have been many films about Harold Shipman. Most attempt to take us ‘inside-the-mind’ of a serial killer. But none have fully explored the historical, cultural and social context that enabled a medical professional to take the lives of hundreds of trusting patients over more than two decades.
“It’s a chilling story about power, authority and an astonishing betrayal of trust – one that, for me, remains as pertinent today as it was twenty years ago.”
The series will air on BBC2 in BBC Week 39 (later this month).
Great British Bake Off opening episode hit with more than 200 Ofcom complaints
Oh here we go…
Ofcom has received over 200 complaints following Matt Lucas’ sketch of Boris Johnson at the start of the new series of the Great British Bake Off.
202 people have actually taken the time to complain about Matt’s very first scene presenting the show, after replacing Sandi Toksvig.
Ofcom told Metro.co.uk: “We’ve received 202 complaints about the opening sketch.”
The clip sees Matt in a blonde wig standing behind a podium, surrounded with Union Jack flags, wafting a piece of paper.
He began: “Right, good evening. Let’s get straight to it. Stay alert. Protect Cake. Save Loaves.
“We are now approaching phase 46, which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are seeing, with regards to baking… if you must bake in a tent, then bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent.
“And we are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of hundreds and thousands.”
Noel Fielding was then video called into the briefing to ask a very important question – is it Scone or Scone?
One person tweeted to let everyone know they weren’t happy with the sketch: “Mocking the prime minister straight after his address to the nation is distasteful and not funny.
“He is under a huge amount of pressure with the balancing act of the economy and people’s lives. Stick to baking.”
Someone replied: “I totally agree, why must ever single thing be politicised. I have complained to Off ok. Disgusting.”
Another added: “We want to escape and be entertained by our entertainment shows not annoyed by them”
Most people, however, found the comedy sketch hilarious! One wrote: “Can’t believe all the complaints about this! It was hilarious!” Another added: “Well I thought it was genius. We need cheering up during these awful times.”
What did you think of the sketch? Let us know!
Matt Lucas’ hilarious Boris Johnson impression has been hailed the ‘best Bake Off opening ever’
Last night’s episode was hilarious!
Last night saw the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, and fans are calling new presenter Matt Lucas’ opening ‘genuis’.
The debut of the show kicked off with the Little Britain star mimicking Boris Johnson’s coronavirus briefings that we’ve all come to know (but definitely not love) very well.
Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig as co-presenter for the Channel 4 show, alongside Noel Fielding.
Kicking off with the first scene, Lucas is shown wearing a blonde wig and standing at a podium with the slogan: “Stay Alert, Bake Cake, Save Loaves.”
Fans were worried earlier on on Tuesday as they would have to decide between Boris or Bake Off, as Boris’ briefing was scheduled for the exact same time.
Luckily, Bake Off was postponed for 15 minutes.
Lucas began, stumbling over his words, saying ‘Good evening, let’s get straight to it.’
He continued: “We are now approaching phase 46 which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are saying, with regards to baking, that if you must bake in a tent, bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent…”
Lucas added: “We are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of the hundreds and thousands.”
The clip then panned to Noel, video-linked in to ask a very important and pressing question, ‘is it scone or scone?’
Pru and Paul then both answer, with completely different pronunciations, leaving everyone just as confused as ever.
Fans have been howling over the skit ever since. One user wrote: “I could watch Matt Lucas doing Boris Johnson impersonations for the rest of 2020. In fact, it may be the only thing that gets me through 2020.”
Another added: “I can’t listen to Boris Johnson now without visualising Matt Lucas”
That’s not the only part of the show that has had viewers in stitches.
In what is being hailed the ‘silliest showstopper’ yet fans had to immortalise their heroes in sponge cake.
The tent quickly became a budget Madame Tussauds, complete with a mouthless Bob Marley, a neckless Freddie Mercury plus an inflated David Bowie.
One Twitter user wrote: “I didn’t think 2020 could get any worse until someone baked a Louis Theroux cake”
Another, speaking of Freddie’s head, said: “Not the hero we deserved but the hero we needed”.
I already can’t wait for next week!
ITV’s new series ‘Des’ hit with Ofcom complaints due to ‘horrifying’ scenes
Have you watched it yet?
Des, a new three-part series on ITV, has been hit with Ofcom complaints as viewers were left ‘horrified’ from the scenes detailing gruesome murders.
Des features the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 men in the space of five years, between 1978 and 1983 in London.
Played by David Tennant, Des’s talk of boiled heads, dismemberment and necrophilia, plus extensive chain-smoking on the series, has prompted viewers to complain to Ofcom.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Oh it’s time to scare myself silly again watching @itv #Des I’m hoping @TwiningsUK is going to help this evening #scared #itv #itvdes #tea #twinings #sleep.”
Another tweeted David’s co-star, Daniel Mays, who plays DCI Jay, the detective in charge of the case: “@DanielMays9 Just watched Des, scared to go to sleep now!”
The killer was found out when a workman found chunks of human remains in the drain of Nilsen’s home in Muswell Hill. More remains were found before Des confessed to the murders.
There are chilling scenes which sees Nilsen defend carrying out despicable acts on the corpses.
Nilsen’s biographer, Brian Masters, asked him about having sex with the victims to which Nilsen replied ‘it wasn’t about sex’, adding that Brian was trying to find ‘simple answers.
Brian replies: “I’m not trying to simplify anything but you did have sex with these young men after they died.”
Nilsen creepily replied: “No, I did not. Did I enjoy them? Yes.
“Did I gain some sort of satisfaction from looking at their naked bodies next to mine in the mirror? I didn’t penetrate them.
“The only thing I did was squeeze the life out of a human being, that was wrong, that was unforgivable. I’ll be properly punished for it.”
He continued: “What I did with a corpse was neither here nor there. If you’re more disgusted by what I did to a corpse than what I did to a living man, then your moral system is upside down.”