Kingpin (History) – Premieres 11th March
A crime documentary where each episode looks in to the rise and fall of a famous historical kingpin. As it focuses on the main incidents that defined their rise using the time tested format of dramatic reenactments and stock footage.
The show starts with going into the history of the organisations that were around before the soon-to-be kingpin entered the fray. Where former gang members, police officers and author/historians are interviewed to explain the how the landscape of the area changed allowing the subject of the episode to go up the ranks.
It then focuses on the main incidents, where it shows how certain decisions ended up aiding the individual and how they manipulated associates and government officials to their advantage.
Unlike many crime documentaries there’s very little shown in the ways of what the person got up to while actually in charge. Solely concentrating on the ascent, to the point where even the downfall is briefly shown. That said for an hour and a half long episode to is an interesting watch that goes along at a decent pace.