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New true crime series about Harold Shipman is airing on the BBC soon

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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“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). 

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Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Stockport to film a new crime drama

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If you’re already missing Line of Duty, which finished last Sunday with a final episode that divided opinion among viewers, then we’ve got some good news.

Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Greater Manchester to film a new crime drama on Monday.

Compston is coming to Stockport to film the new series of Traces, a show following the team behind SIFA (the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy) as they investigate a bomb plot.

As well as Compston, the series will also star Molly Windsor and Laura Fraser – who played Lydia Rodarte-Quayle in Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul.

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Traces producers, in a letter sent to local residents and businesses, said: “As part of the economic recovery, filming on location is allowed to proceed, provided government guidance surrounding work activities is observed and industry guidelines are adhered to.

“We want to reassure you that our work is in line with the government guidance and has been approved in consultation with all relevant authorities.”

Filming for the second series of the BBC show will happen around Stockport town centre, beginning at The Arden Arms on Millgate at 8am on Monday.

Next the action will head to Great Underbank, followed by Freedmans clothes hire on Little Underbank, before heading to The Angel Inn at Market Place later in the day.

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While the first series of Traces told the story of Emma, a young forensic lab assistant who discovered the truth behind a fictitious case study with links to her past, the second promises to ramp up the stakes with the bomb storyline.

The letter says: “While Emma and Daniel anxiously await Phil McAfee’s murder trial, a series of homemade bombs go off in Dundee.

“The targets make no sense. The only clues they have about the bomber are the bombs themselves.”

The new series is set to be released later this year, and you can catch the first series on BBC iPlayer now.

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Come Dine With Me is looking for Mancunians for the new series

Calling all amateur chefs, now’s your chance to win £1,000

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Popular culinary TV show Come Dine With Me is coming to Manchester this summer, and they’re on the lookout for contestants.

Filming is set to take place over June and July, and they need some top tier home chefs from around Greater Manchester.

The hit Channel 4 series pits amateur cooks against each other for the chance to win a £1,000 cash prize, and has become a British institution.

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The press release reads: “Are you bored of cooking for your partner? Housemates? Children? Think your cooking skills have improved over lockdown and finally ready to test them out on the wider world?!

“Do you think you’ve got what it takes to host the perfect dinner party and walk away with £1000?”

Casting Producer Sasha Risner added: “Following the success of previous episodes in Manchester we are back looking for hosts to create the recipe for success. We are looking for keen cooks with bags of energy and who are up for the challenge of winning £1,000!”

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If you want to get involved, you need to be aged over 18 and not working or trained as a professional chef. You also need to be currently living in Greater Manchester.

Due to Covid, for this series Come Dine With Me is using a centralised house to host the dinner parties rather than people’s homes.

Shooting will take place between June 28th and July 2nd, and to apply either head here or email cdwm@multistory.tv.

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Line of Duty star says final episode is the ‘perfect ending’

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The bad news for Line of Duty fans is that the new series is coming to an end this weekend, with what promises to be an action packed episode.

Series six will conclude with the seventh episode this Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, with a trailer hinting that H’s identity will be revealed.

As well as that, the trailer shows AC-12 going all out on one suspect, with another police chase and gun wielding action thrown in for good measure.

And now one of the star’s has revealed that he thinks the upcoming series finale is the ‘perfect ending’.

Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott in the BBC series, spoke to the Shrine of Duty podcast, and while he refused to reveal the identity of H he did have a few interesting things to say.

He told the podcast: “What I will tell you is I think there’s a lot of pay offs coming this Sunday.

“There’s a lot of big answers and it’s deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end.”

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When asked if there would be another series, he said: “We don’t know [if there will be another] – that’s nothing new… Jed always takes time after a series, like a couple of months.

“There’s a lot of stuff above my pay grade like analytics and audience scores. He takes the emotion out of it and looks at all that.”

Martin continued: “It’s different this year, because we have to look at it in terms of, do people want us back? 10 years in you start to think of legacy, and if it goes down that well it might be the perfect ending.

“But then we might go another couple of months and… what I will say is we won’t do one just for the sake of doing it. Jed will only do it if there’s a story to be told.”

More than 11 million people tuned into the latest episode, so it’s a safe bet that people do want the Line of Duty gang back on their screens catching bent coppers.

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