Pink Collar Crimes (CBS)

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Pink Collar Crimes (CBS) – Premieres 28th July

Crime docu-series where in each episode it interviews the female perpetrators of some unlikely crimes.

The show kicks off with the person in question giving a brief description of what they did. Then the show begins where the person, as well as their family members and friends, talks about their life before turning to crime. Then the perp explains how they came to the point to where they decided to break the law.

After the background has been set up the show then goes through the crimes they committed, where the interviewee goes through how they planned and executed the act. Along with interviewing members of the police force that were trying to catch her, who reveal how they deduced who it was. Before showing how the woman was caught.

As crime shows go it does give a different spin compared to similar shows. Though the tone of the programme does come across as a bit weird. Where when an explanation of a bank robbery has background music you’d hear on a Gordon Ramsey show, it does feel it’s trying to make it appear as a comedy. All-in-all, while it does have some interesting aspects, but for a 45 minute show it does get a bit bogged down down in places. That said, it’s decent enough background viewing.

3.6/10

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Story Of Cool (MSNBC)

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Story Of Cool (MSNBC) – Premieres 1st July

A docu-series narrated by LL Cool J, which takes the various connotations of the word cool, and look into the various people and movements in history that related to it.

Using the same set up as shows like The 2000s, each episode takes a theme, and by using various pieces and archive footage and interviews with various celebrities, authors and historians. Shows how the word has been used to be associated with various things.

As documentaries go this follows the usual setup. And with it covering historical moments that other shows have already done, it feels like it is going over old ground. All of which makes it pretty forgettable.

3.7/10

Deadly Rich (CNBC)

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Deadly Rich (CNBC) – Premieres 9th July

A crime docu-series that looks into the murders of victims that would be classified as part of the 1%. In each episode it looks into a different case, and shows how the murder was solved and what motivated it.

The programme begins with going over how the person was found, and how they were killed. Before going on to give the back story of the deceased, where the show recounts their upbringing and adult life.

After showing the persons background, the episode then looks into how the case was solved. Where along with interviews with police and family members, it tells how the suspects were found. Then with showing footage of the interrogations, reveals how the murder was solved and the motivations behind the killer.

For a crime docu-series, it is more reminiscent to programmes like It Takes A Killer. Where it follows a tried and tested format, but this doesn’t offer anything new that would make it stand out from similar shows. And with it having a 45 minute runtime, it does begin to feel drawn out to the point any interest does being to wane.

2.7/10

In Search Of (History)

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In Search Of (History) – Premieres 20th July

Based on the Leonard Nimoy fronted 70’s show of the same name. This has Zachary Quinto taking over the hosting duties, where in each episode he looks into left field subject matter ranging from UFOs to time travel.

During the programme Quinto looks into a couple of aspects within the episodes subject, where along with talking to experts to witnesses, takes part in and observes experiments and tests.

By the end of the show Zachary looks back at what he’s learned, and puts together whether he is a believer or not. And which parts of what he has seen has had the most effect on him.

The show itself is a pretty lightweight affair, where the things that are looked into don’t go into too much depth. And the vagueness of what is shown ends up making it a bit of a grind in places, though it does have enough going on to make it something you’d watch if nowt was on.

4.4/10

Dark Tourist (Netflix)

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Dark Tourist (Netflix) – Premieres 20th July

Hosted by documentarian David Farrier, who made the film Tickled, this follows him as he heads off around the world to check out the more unusual tourist spots some folks visit.

During the programme David visits two countries, where he samples some of the weirder attractions and customs that have become popular with a niche group of tourists. While there Ferrier chats to the locals to find out what’s going on, and why it’s gained popularity. Along with him partaking in the events, where he occasionally gets freaked out, discovers the appeal or tries to find why it’s something someone would want to visit.

With Farriers approach of hosting being similar to Louis Theroux, it gives the programme a Weird Weekend vibe to it all. And with his approachability, and the lesser known things he visits, make this an interesting watch.

5.9/10

Deadly Power (Oxygen)

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Deadly Power (Oxygen) – Premieres 16th July

The Oxygen equivalent to Whistleblower, this looks into how a company that broke legal and moral guidelines, were found out, and brought to justice by former employees notifying the authorities.

The episode starts off with giving the background to the business being featured, where it shows how it started out and became a respected company. The programme then begins to interview former employees and customers, where they begin to reveal how the first signs that something wasn’t right appeared. It then goes on to show how the malpractices were fully discovered, how they people behind it all were were caught, and the fall out from the revelations.

While the subject of the show is interesting, it does suffer from the same problems as Whistleblower. As it goes along at a slow pace, and with the 45 minute runtime, does begin to drag. Making it a bit of a grind to get through.

2.7/10

Whistleblower (CBS)

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Whistleblower (CBS) – Premieres 13th July

A docu-series that looks into the cases of former company employees who after witnessing illegal activity, acted as whistleblowers helped bring legal action to their former employees.

The episode covers two different cases, where the people behind the whistleblowing are interviewed. Where they explain how they ended up working for the business, what at first tipped them off that something wrong was going on, and how they helped bring those activities to light.

Along with the interview the programme also shows some of the undercover footage of the malpractices. And also interviews former customers who ended up suffering from the results of what the company was doing wrong.

For an investigative docu-series, it covers some interesting topics, through with how the cases are shown it is slow paced enough to the point that you start to lose interest. Overall it’s not too bad a show, but not one you’d actively hunt down to watch.

3.0/10