“Extraordinarily bold and controversial film-making,” said the judges.
In one of the most utterly compelling programmes seen on British TV in recent years, criminologist Professor David Wilson conducts a series of revealing interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer. Although never charged, Bert is widely suspected of killing newspaper delivery boy Carl Bridgewater in 1978 – a crime he has always denied.
The crime is one of Britain’s most infamous unsolved murder cases, not only because it involved the brutal cold-blooded killing of a young boy, but also because the case became embroiled in controversy when the four armed robbers who had been sent to prison for Carl’s murder - the ‘Bridgewater Four’ - had their convictions overturned some 20 years later when a great miscarriage of justice was identified: one of their confessions had been forged by the police. In another twist, Bert was convicted less than a year later for the murder of farmer Hubert Wilkes – who was killed in exactly the same way as Carl – executed at point blank range with a shotgun.
“A powerful piece of film-making that took a story and a contributor and made a fascinating doc without fluff,” declared one judge, with another adding: “It showed remarkable ambition, combined with an audacious directness in confronting the story.”
DURATION: 1 X 90' / 3 X 60' HD
PRODUCER: ITN Productions
BROADCASTER: Channel 4 (UK)