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The creators of Surviving Jeffrey Epstein discuss the making of the A+E Networks documentary

At an RTS Zoom event in August, the online audience was given an exclusive preview of the compelling four-part documentary series, ahead of its broadcast on 25 August on true crime channel Crime+Investigation.

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein features the stories of eight women, who testify that they were sexually abused. Epstein, who was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York last year, had been accused of building a huge sex trafficking network of under-aged girls over two decades.

Homeland's Damian Lewis looks at real life spies in HISTORY'S new docu-drama

The actor was initially reluctant when his brother, Gareth ­­– one of the executive producers of Damian Lewis: Spy Wars – asked him to present. “I hadn’t done factual [before] and I don’t consider myself a presenter.

“But I enjoy the [spy] genre and I thought it was an opportunity to look behind these popular stories and see if we could unearth something a bit more intimate about the people themselves, and the ramifications on global politics of very personal decisions taken by individuals.”

TV production outside the M25 is alive and well

C+I’s most popular original show, Murdertown featuring Hull (Credit: A&E Networks)

In recent years, Channel 4’s new national HQ in Leeds and the BBC’s relocation of 2,300 posts to Salford have dominated our perception of out-of-London programme production.

This is perhaps not surprising: the corporation has the largest Ofcom quota for UK production outside the M25 – 50% – followed by Channel 4 and ITV, who both have 35%, and Channel 5, with 10%.

Robbie Coltrane's Critical Evidence makes a return to A+E Networks

The RTS award-winning actor will front the new Crime + Investigation series Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence. 

The eight-part series will look at some of the toughest murder cases that investigators face, with no suspect, no leads, and sometimes no body.

Each episode will analyse a different complex case investigated by the British police and how they resolved the difficult investigation.