It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards (Paramount Network)

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It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards (Paramount Network)

When finding out that his grandfather is the serial killer Ed Edwards, Wayne Wolfe stumbles across the website run by former detective John Cameron who believes his grandfather is responsible for more unsolved cases.

After meeting up with John, Wayne is shown Camerons research that links his grandfather to the killings of The Black Dahlia, Laci Peterson, JonBenet Ramsey, Teresa Halbach, The Atlanta Child Murders and also states that he was the The Zodiac Killer.

While Wayne is skeptical about what he is told, he heads out with John to visit the places around the states where John believes Edwards was involved in the murders. While there they talk to the families of the victims, and meet up with some of Waynes extended family that he didn’t know existed.

During the programme as John is trying to find evidence that finally links Edwards to the cases he believes he is responsible for, Wayne is trying to piece together his grandfathers life. Where he ponders on the thought that the behaviour may be hereditary, and trying to find out what his and his own fathers lives would have been like if Edwards had stayed with his grandmother.

As crime documentaries go the theories used in this one are tenuous at best, though begins to show how Cameron destroyed his own career working on them. And though the basis of the programme is ridiculous, it is an alright bit of viewing but probably not in the way the people who made it intended it to be.

4.5/10

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Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO)

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Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO) – Premieres 14th April – Miniseries

A two-part documentary about Elvis Presley where it looks at the music that influenced him, how he used aspects of them in his act and how his career developed.

As the documentary follows Elvis throughout his life it uses archival footage of him along with interviews from Priscilla Presley and family friends, through to historians and fellow musicians that are used to narrate Elvis’ life.

As music documentaries go it’s an in depth and interesting watch. And even if you’re not into the work of Elvis it’s still something that would keep your attention.

/10

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (HBO)

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Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (HBO) – Premieres 13th April

A comedy current affairs show hosted by Wyatt Cenac, where he goes through some of the issues that are effecting people in the US.

The main difference from this to the other similar comedy shows is that there is no audience during the between segment bits, leaving Cenac doing his thing on a set that looks like it’s from a 70’s science programme. Though with the actual segments he goes through are more in the vein of Last Week Tonight, than The Daily Show.

While show is like a more serious version of Last Week Tonight in the way the main segment of the show is put together and delivered. It still has some funny moments in it and is a decent enough watch.

4.6/10

Guardians Of The Wild (Smithsonian Channel)

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Guardians Of The Wild (Smithsonian Channel) – Premieres 5th April

Nature docu-series that follows the people that work with endangered animals and help with their conservation.

In the programme it highlights one conservation group as they go through their day-to-day activities. The show follows them as they interact with the animals and what they do to help them survive, as well as how their roles are influenced on the poachers in the area.

Along with the conservation side of the programme the show also goes into the animals that are featured, explaining their biological quirks, how they normally interact in the wild and threats they are susceptible to.

Next to other nature documentaries this is probably one of the more interesting and is reminiscent to Natures Great Race in the way it’s presented. It’s not too bad for what it is.

3.2/10

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO)

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The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO) – Premieres 26th March – Miniseries

Two part documentary of the life and times of comedian Garry Shandling, where his long time friend Judd Apatow retraces Shandlings career and personal life.

In the programme it starts of with footage showing Shandling going through his journals, after which entries from them are used to link his life story together.

The documentary covers his entire life, where with interviews of friends, family and co-workers, show the main pivotal moments in his career, how incidents in his youth effected him in later life and his relationships.

It’s an in depth documentary and even for a 2 hour episode doesn’t ever begin to drag. It’s well worth a watch.

6.6/10

One Strange Rock (Nat Geo)

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One Strange Rock (Nat Geo) – Premieres 26th March

Hosted by Will Smith, this is a nature documentary that shows some of the ways the different parts of the world influences each other. All of this is linked together from interviews with astronauts that talk about what they’s witnessed from space and what was happening on Earth at that time.

As they go through each segment of the programme, Smith and the astronauts do their bit, and the programme shows people working in the region being talked about. There they explain what is happening, and how the things they are monitoring keep the ecosystem in balance. Then at the end of the episode it shows how everything that’s been shown is linked to each other.

As nature documentaries go it’s surprisingly watchable, and far better than shows like Wild Castles.

4.9/10

Silicon Valley: The Untold Story (Science Channel)

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Silicon Valley: The Untold Story (Science Channel) – Premieres 19th March – Miniseries

A documentary about the history of Silicon Valley, where it shows its origins spawning from Stanford University and how it manage to attract the people behind cutting edge technologies to the area.

In the programme it goes over the history of the area before looking into how after the war, Stanford started to give start up funds to companies set up by former students. Therefore starting Silicon Valley and also the trend of venture capital.

Along with showing the stock footage of the area throughout the years, the programme interviews former people from Stanford, and head honchos from  the bigger companies with headquarters there. As they talk about what attract them and other inventors to start up in the area.

The programme also interviews people who were involved in the initial stages of the Valley starting up, where they talk about what it was like, and how the troubles they faced being the first starting businesses in an area that was just  was in its infancy.

It’s a solid opening episode, where it does cover a fair amount during the runtime though in place it does start to drag a bit. That said it’s still an interesting watch.

/10