MURDER IN THE FAMILY: Cheryl Hooper
A stand-alone documentary pieced from family archive and police footage explores the story behind one of the UK’s most high profile domestic violence murders.
ITVX / Knickerbockerglory TV
Commissioner: Kate Teckman
Senior Story Editor: Kate Hampel
Consultant Exec: Jenny Popplewell
Showrunner: Cathy Durbin
Lead Editor: Fergal McGrath
Producer: Lindsay Konieczny
My role was researching the extensive personal archive and police archive as well as scripting , producing and directing the edit to final post.
Cheryl Hooper is shot dead by her husband. Using shocking police evidence and intimate family footage, episode one of this victim-led documentary explores how and why this happened.
Each stand alone film in this new true crime series investigates three shocking murders, where the victim and perpetrator are family, telling stories of ordinary relationships that take extraordinary and ultimately tragic turns.
Using found footage – from victim’s social media videos and police bodycam film, text messages or call recordings, each story is pieced together from the victim’s point of view, without voiceover, allowing the victim, friends and family to tell their stories in their own immediate and intimate way.
From Knickerbockerglory TV, the makers of Netflix’s most watched documentary, American Murder: the Family Next Door, this new series for ITVX provides a vivid insight into the nature of murders committed within families and the impact on those left behind.
As the series will show, in some family’s lives, behind the veil of smiling social media posts and daily texts, a true horror story is brewing. These murders aren’t ‘crimes of passion’ but premeditated acts of control or revenge, leaving behind a family blown apart.
The Times ★★★★☆ Murder in the Family was excellent as it was depressing and enraging.
The Telegraph ★★★★☆ Murder in the Family, ITV1, review: a vivid account of the warnings of domestic abuse
The Daily Telegraph ...this empathetic three-part true-crime documentary benefits from
remarkable access to deflect understandable concerns over exploitation.
The Daily Mail 'I faced him and wasn't afraid': Amazing bravery of daughter
The Mirror Never-before-seen footage of killer Andrew 'Jack' Hooper confessing to the murder of Cheryl Hooper in Newport, Shropshire has been revealed, as he lay in hospital following his own bungled suicide bid after the killing