In Ice Cold Blood With Ice-T (Oxygen)

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In Ice Cold Blood With Ice-T (Oxygen) – Premieres 1st April

A crime docu-series that’s hosted by Ice T, where it looks into a lesser known  murder case.

As the programme kicks off it introduces the main people involved in the case, where they get interviews with friends and co-workers explaining how certain people know each other and what they were like. It then moves on to the crime, where it shows how the murder scene was discovered along with showing a few of the actual crime scene photos.

From there the programme interviews the officers that were involved in the investigation. And goes through the stages of the case that finally leads up to them catching the right man, where it also shows the interrogation footage of the suspect finally cracking and admitting to the murder.

It then quickly wraps up with showing a couple of clips from the court case and the prosecutor involved talking about how the case went. And after it’s announced how long the person is imprisoned for, finishes off with some of the friends of the victims talking about their thoughts on the murderer.

For a real crime show it comes across as the standard Investigation Discovery style docu-series, where it looks like a low budget quick turnaround job that’s been done to numerous times before. It’s all pretty forgettable stuff.

2.4/10

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Aaron Hernandez Uncovered (Oxygen)

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Aaron Hernandez Uncovered (Oxygen) – Premieres 17th March – Miniseries

A two-parter that looks into the murder cases involving the NFL player Aaron Hernandez. In the first part, the programme looks into the early years of Hernandez. Where along with talking to former girlfriends and college friends the show interviews reporters that covered the murder case and start to piece together what he was like.

The episode is split into smaller segments where it breaks down various parts of Hernandez’ life, as it goes through his early school years, his college playing days. Then up to when he was drafted by the New England Patriots through to the moment he is arrested for the drive-by shooting. All the while highlighting certain aspects that come into play later on.

For an opening episode all this really does is set the scene, and the most interesting parts that come up are the snippets of what is going to be shown in the second half of the documentary. That said, it is watchable enough but if it didn’t have the clips at the end it would be doubtful if you’d want to watch any more of it.

4.5/10

Mysteries & Scandals (Oxygen)

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Mysteries & Scandals (Oxygen) – Premieres 5th January

Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, this show looks into the deaths, crimes and scandals linked to high profile celebrities.

The programme initially covers the aspect the show will look into, going through the timeline and giving a broad description on what had happened. Then with interviews to family members, attorneys and journalists they start to fill in the gaps with what they witnessed and at time assumptions as to what was going on.

Along with the interviews the programme also shows stock news footage of the subject, along with actual audio of emergency calls made during the main incidents to help add to the narrative. Though with everything that’s shown, nothing other than the previously reported facts are revealed, leaving this as an over sensationalised docu-series and doesn’t offer anything new.

It all comes across as one of the low budget schedule filler crime programmes that you normally see on Investigation Discovery, and unsurprisingly is a chore to get through.

1.8/10

Final Appeal (Oxygen)

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Final Appeal (Oxygen) – Premieres 7th January

A docu-series where former prosecutor Loni Coombs along with Brian Banks, a man that was wrongly convicted and spent five years in jail, team up to look into cases where the people claim there are wrongfully imprisoned.

As the pair look over the original case files they interview the person claiming innocence, then begin to try and unearth evidence that supports their claim. Along with restaging the crime scene to spot any discrepancies, they interview family, neighbours and members of the police that worked the case. All the while trying to find the truth about what actually occurred.

The programme is a lot like a longer format version of Unlocking The Truth, and with it giving more time to an individual case allows it to get more in depth. It’s worth a watch.

6.3/10

Dahmer On Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks (Oxygen)

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Dahmer On Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks (Oxygen) – Premieres 11th November – Miniseries

Fronted by Nancy Glass, the journalist that did the first televised interviewed with Jeffrey Dahmer, this documents his life from childhood through to being caught and imprisoned.

In the programme Dahmers family are interviewed, where they talk about what he was like during his younger years, along with his former neighbours and army collegues, his defence attorney and detectives that worked the cases.

As well as the interviews, the programme shows archive news reports and the footage of Dahmer talking with Nancy Glass about his life and the murders he committed.

As a crime documentary it’s not the best to have been released though it is watchable.

5.4/10

Criminal Confessions (Oxygen)

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Criminal Confessions (Oxygen) – Premieres 1st October

Crime documentary that shows how the police manage to get a confession during the interrogation period with the guilty suspect.

After a brief account of the crime that details how the main suspect has been arrested, the show interviews the officers involved and the family and friends of the victims.

Between the interviews the programme shows the actual footage of the interrogations where it breaks down how they managed to get the suspect to confess to their crimes and how they use they confessions to gather the physical evidence to convict them.

The whole show goes at a pace so slow you being to lose interest as to what’s going on, making it a slog to get through.

2.4/10

The Disappearance of Maura Murray (Oxygen)

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The Disappearance of Maura Murray (Oxygen) – Premieres 23rd September 

Following reporter Maggie Freleng this is a docu-series that looks into the disappearance of UMass student Maura Murray, who after clearing out her bank account drove to New Hampshire and after crashing her car wasn’t seen since.

As she tries to find out what happened, Maggie teams up with a private detective where they go over the events of the case hoping to find new leads. Together they interview family members, friends and folks who have been working on the case for years, to try and figure out exactly what went on.

While it follows the same format as The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, this doesn’t come across as interesting to watch.

5.1/10