A Year of British Murder was a tough but powerful watch for viewers

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

From Digital Spy

Channel 4 documentary A Year of British Murder aired on Monday night (January 21), and while it was definitely a hard-hitting watch at times, many viewers were moved by what they saw.

The powerful two-hour special looked at the cases of some of the 768 people who died as a result of murder or manslaughter in Britain in 2017.

Directed by filmmaker Ben Anthony, the documentary met people whose lives have been changed forever by murder, and explored what the wider picture of murder reveals about modern Britain.

Some viewers even suggested that it should be shown in schools.

Related: Why EastEnders' gritty knife crime episodes were a return to form – and long overdue

Of the 13 cases featured, one particularly emotional was the murder of 15-year-old boy Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, who was stabbed outside his school in London in January 2017.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

In the film, his parents were shown reacting to the aftermath of his murder, including when his killer was sentenced.

Related: EastEnders star Lorraine Stanley praises the soap's "powerful" knife crime storyline

A Year of British Murder is available to watch on All 4 now.

The Ben Kinsella Trust was set up by Ben's family shortly after his murder to campaign against knife crime and to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a crime.

The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. The helpline can be contacted on 0808 808 1677, Monday-Friday at 9.30am-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when it is open until 8pm. You can also email using helpline@cruse.org.uk.

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