The new series of the BBC’s long-running crime show is giving TV bosses a headache after viewers were angered by its use of a soap-style cliffhanger during the reconstruction of a murder case.
The show, which appeals to public for help in solving high-profile crimes, has been given a slick new look to go with new presenters Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley. But the producers’ bid to inject a little more drama into the show may be a little misguided.
The first episode of the new series, which aired on Monday September 5, was blasted by viewers for its report on the murder of 17-year-old Melanie Road, who was sexually assaulted and died from multiple stab wounds following a night out in 1984.
Crimewatch dramatised the inside story of how police finally caught the Melanine’s killer 31 years after her death - but the decision to leave the report on a ‘cliffhanger’ - with the audience having to tune into the next episode to find out what happened next - has been described as ‘disgusting’ and ‘insensitive’.