TV library

The British media has a rich history in campaigning for wrongful convictions to be overturned. Programmes such as the BBC’s Rough Justice strand which ran from 1982 to 2007 and Channel 4’s Trial & Error, on air from 1992 to 1997, were responsible for finding new evidence and changing lives in getting innocent people out of prison as was ITV’s World in Action documentary series. We hope that by making these films available online, the next generation of investigative journalists, scientists, experts and lawyers will be inspired to help innocent people in our prisons today.

If you have films about miscarriage of justice cases or issues which are not shown here please contact us so that we can upload them on to our site to make them available to all.

TV Archive - The Birmingham Six

TV Archive  - The Birmingham Six

Between 1985 and 1990, Granada TV ‘World in Action broadcast ground-breaking films challenging the convictions of the men found guilty of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings. This 1990 documentary included an interview with one of the real bombers. Read more...


TV Archive - The Case of Mary Druhan

TV Archive - The Case of Mary Druhan

First ever Channel 4 Trial and Error film documenting the case of Mary Druhan wrongly imprisoned for two murders in 1989. She was freed and exonerated by the Court of Appeal in 1999. Her sole request when  released was for a cup of tea and an ice cream.  Read more...


TV Archive - Gary Mills and Tony Poole

TV Archive - Gary Mills and Tony Poole

Channel 4 Trial and Error film about Gary Mills and Tony Poole wrongly imprisoned in 1989 for a murder which never happened. Their convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2003. The Police  Federation funded an action for defamation against Channel 4 by a police officer named in the film. A jury rejected his claim costing the Federation a reported £2m in legal fees. Read more...


The Case of the Thin-bladed Knife

The Case of the Thin-bladed Knife

BBC Rough Justicefilm about father and son Michael and Patrick McDonagh convicted of the 1973 murder in Manchester’s Moss Side area of Michael’s brother Francis. Their convictions were referred to the Court of Appeal by Home Secretary  Leon Brittan but their appeal was dismissed in April 1985 by the Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane. Read more...


TV Archive - The Case of Sheila Bowler

TV Archive - The Case of Sheila Bowler

Trial and Error documentary about the case of music teacher Sheila Bowler convicted on flimsy circumstantial evidence of murdering her aunt. At her second appeal, a re-trial was ordered. She was acquitted in 1998.No murder had taken place. Read more...


TV Archive - Danny McNamee

TV Archive - Danny McNamee

Trial and Error film about the case of Danny McNamee. Made in 1995, the documentary was not broadcast until 1997 by Channel 4 for legal reasons. Danny McNamee’s conviction for the 1985 Hyde Park bombing was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 1998. Read more...