The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All (A&E)

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The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All (A&E) – Premieres 30th November

A docu-series that covers the events of the Menendez murders. Along with interviewing the reporters that covered the story, as well as family members, work colleagues and the police officers that worked the case. The programme also has recent interviews from Erik Menendez where he tells his side of the story.

During the show it covers the build up to the murders, what happened on the evening in question and how the brothers were caught during the months afterwards. All the while using archive news footage, crime scene imagery and the occasional reenactment.

As crime documentaries go it’s an interesting watch.

5.8/10

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Who Killed Tupac? (A&E)

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Who Killed Tupac? (A&E) – Premieres 21st November – Miniseries

Similar to crime docu-series The Eleven & Unlocking The Truth, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump set out to go over the cold case of the Tupac Shakur murder. After Crump puts his team consisting of reporters that originally covered the case together, they head off to interview Tupacs family and friends piece together the sequence of event that lead to murder.

After talking to the police that worked the crime scene they begin to narrow down the list of suspects and begin to look into who performed the shooting and what influencing circumstances where behind the hit.

As crime documentaries go, this follows the usual setup though is an interesting bit of viewing even if you only have a passing interest in rap.

5.7/10

The Eleven (A&E)

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The Eleven (A&E) – Premieres 19th October

Another crime documentary along the lines of The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, The Murder of Laci Peterson & The Disappearance of Maura Murray where investigators Lise Olsen and Fred Paige are looking into the disappearance of eleven teenage girls from around Galveston County in the 70’s.

Their investigation is based on a confession they discovered from convicted murder Edward Bell, where he talks about abducting the girls. This leads the two visiting the family and friends of the victims to retrace their final steps, and to link their disappearances to the letter and to find out what exactly happened.

As crime documentaries go the first episode took an age to really get going, even with them managing to get an interview Bell. All together it’s pretty disappointing.

4.5/10

The Murder of Laci Peterson (A&E)

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The Murder of Laci Peterson (A&E) – Premieres 15th August

Crime documentary that looks into the case of Laci Peterson who went missing on Christmas Eve 2002, and which led to her husband Scott getting found guilty of her murder and given the death sentance where he is still currently on death row.

The programme begins with showing the known timeline of the day that Laci was last seen, then begins to delve into what happened after Laci was reported missing. And the show interviews family members, police officers involved and reporters that followed the case. From there it begins to show that the news coverage began to warp the public opinion of those involved, and that the police may have not done the most thorough of jobs in finding out what happened.

As a crime documentary it has more in common with Making A Murderer and The Keepers, as in how it introduces the crime and how the investigation played out. It’s a solid opening episode.

6.3/10

The Lowe Files (A&E)

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The Lowe Files (A&E) – Premieres 2nd August

The actor Rob Lowe and his two sons set off to various locations to find out if there is any truth in the folklore or supernatural stories he used to tell them growing up. This means they head off to a specific location to set up scientific tests with the assistance of their long term Shaman.

It plays out like any other supernatural/ghost hunting programme, where after visiting the surrounding area, they turn up at the location have a quick tour of with the owner to find out the possible hotspots then begin the standard night time investigation.

At the end, the three concur that they’ve all seen something a bit weird, mention that haven’t yet gone through all the footage they gathered then never mention if the footage does in fact give some answers.

The show comes across as if it wants to be a version of Destination Truth, but doesn’t do anything near the attempts to prove or debunk what has been seen.

3.4/10

Akil The Fugitive Hunter (A&E)

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Akil The Fugitive Hunter (A&E) – Premieres 13th July

Narrated by Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris), this is a reality show that follows Akil who works as a bounty hunter as he and his team track down folks that have skipped bail.

It’s a lot like Dog the Bounty Hunter, where it follows them tracking one perp per episode. The one thing that makes it different to Dog would be the narration and animation segments that go into Akils backstory explaining how he got into this kind of work.

That said even for a 20 minute long programme it’s a slog to get through and pretty much forgettable.

1.4/10

Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath (A&E)

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Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath (A&E) – Starts 29th November – Renewed

Much to the annoyance of the Church of Scientology, actress and former member Leah Remini interviews ex-church members revealing the practises performed within the church and how it has affected the families involved.

The show covers a lot of what has already been shown in documentaries such as Going Clear, My Scientology Movie and the Panorama specials, interviewing people that have appeared in the aforementioned, and not really uncovering much that hasn’t been revealed before.

If you’ve watched any of the other Scientology programmes it doesn’t really add anything to what’s been said before, and is a bit disappointing considering it’s being made by someone that spent 30 years in the church.

4.8/10