Netflix has announced that it is producing a documentary series about the life and death of Jill Dando. The journalist, who was born in Weston-Super-Mare, was best known for her presenting work for the BBC and co-presenting Crimewatch.
Dando was shot dead aged just 37 outside her home in Fulham, west London in 1999. Her death sparked the biggest murder inquiry conducted by the Metropolitan Police, and the country’s largest criminal investigation since the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper.
The Netflix series will explore Dando’s life, career, legacy and death through a blend of new research, archives and interviews. The streaming giant confirmed the series, which will be made up of multiple episodes, is currently in production and will launch in 2023.
The series, which does not have a name yet, will be directed by Marcus Plowright who also directed Fred and Rose West: Reopened. Emma Cooper, who worked on The Mystery Of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes is the show’s executive producer.
As well as Crimewatch, Dando also presented on regional television and radio programmes including the Six O’Clock News and Breakfast Time. Her first job was as a trainee reporter at the Weston Mercury newspaper, where her father and brother also worked, before she landed a job as a newsreader for BBC Radio Devon in 1985 and transferred to BBC South West the same year.
At the time of her death, Dando was among those with the highest profile of the BBC’s on-screen staff. Crimewatch reconstructed her murder in an attempt to aid police search for her killer, but her death remains unsolved.
The new series comes off the back of recent multi-part documentary hits from Netflix, including the much-discussed Harry & Meghan and true crime series including Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street and The Texas Killing Fields.