Mysteries & Scandals (Oxygen)


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.



Final Appeal (Oxygen)


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.


Dahmer On Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks (Oxygen)


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.



Criminal Confessions (Oxygen)


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.



The Disappearance of Maura Murray (Oxygen)


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.



The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway (Oxygen)


The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway (Oxygen) – Premieres 19th August

A docu-series that follows the father of Natalee Holloway, a teenager that went missing in Aruba five days after her High School graduation in 2005, as he receives new information 12 years later that could finally reveal what exactly happened to her.

The first ep sets up the series by recounting the case, where it highlights the main suspects and how the local police appeared to be doing the bare minimum is trying to solve the disappearance. After that the father receives information from the PI is hired after Natalees initial disappearance, telling him that the new source seems credible, and together they meet him to find out what he knows.

As a crime documentary it has more similarities to Missing Dial than Making A Murderer as it’s following a family member trying to find out what happened. For an opening episode it does the job.



The Jury Speaks (Oxygen)


The Jury Speaks (Oxygen) – Premieres 22nd July

A miniseries that looks into recent high profile US court cases where the celebrity defendants were found not guilty, by talking to the people that were on the jury. In it the show recounts the case, going though how the evidence was presented, how the defence made their case and the social furore surrounding the trial.

As it goes through those aspects, the members of the jury are interviewed and they tell how everything that the witnessed influence their decision. Along with taking into account the presentation of the evidence, and the statements of the witnesses and police, the jury also explain how the behind the scene aspects of them being holed up together in a hotel room for months possibly influenced their verdict.

At the end of the show the jurors who appeared on the programme are asked if they would change their decision considering everything they now know about the case.

While it doesn’t really cover anything new in the recounting of the cases shown, it’s interesting to see how the jury interpreted everything. If you like the real life crime genre it’s a decent enough watch.