BBC to air documentary on Jill Dando murder

Jill Dando (Credit: Rex)
Jill Dando (Credit: Rex)

The BBC is to broadcast an in-depth documentary film about the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, according to reports.

It will mark 20 years since the shocking death of the broadcaster, who was killed on the doorstep of her partner’s house in 1999.

Given the working title The Murder of Jill Dando, it’s hoped that two decades on, clues about who was responsible for her killing may even emerge.

An insider told the Daily Mirror: “The documentary will have access to never seen before material from inside one of the largest and most complex murder inquiries ever conducted by the Metropolitan Police, and viewers will discover how events played out in real time.”

(Credit: Rex)
(Credit: Rex)

The film will reportedly include interviews with former colleagues, friends and family, along with previously unseen footage and pictures.

Dando, who presented shows like Crimewatch and Holiday, as well as anchoring the Six O’Clock News, was just 37 when, on the morning of April 26, 1999, she was shot in the head by an unknown assailant while leaving the Fulham home of her partner, Alan Farthing.

The couple had recently announced their engagement, and were to marry in September that year.

Barry George (Credit: Getty)
Barry George (Credit: Getty)

Police arrested Barry George for the murder, a man local to the area who had a history of sexual offences and stalking women.

He was jailed in 2001 for the crime, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

However, in a second, eight-week-long trial in 2008, he was acquitted. He later received substantial damages following a libel case over stories about him printed in The Sun and the News of the World.

The case remains unsolved.

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