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.

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TV Archive - The Case of the Tell-tale Tape

TV Archive - The Case of the Tell-tale Tape

1985 BBC Rough Justice investigation of the conviction of former miner Alf Fox for the manslaughter and murder of his wife and mother-in-law. His appeal was rejected in 1998 after the Home Secretary had referred his case back to the Court of Appeal. Read more...


TV Archive - Murder without a Trace

TV Archive - Murder without a Trace

BBC Rough Justice film produced and directed by Louise Shorter about Barri White and Keith Hyatt wrongly convicted of involvement in the December 2000 murder of Rachel Manning. Their convictions were quashed in 2007. In September 2013 Shahidul Ahmed was convicted of the murder after his DNA was found on a steering lock used in the crime and in a hair recovered from Rachel’s hotpants. Read more...


TV Archive - The Case of the Tortured Teenager

TV Archive - The Case of the Tortured Teenager

BBC Rough Justice 1983 film about the case of MargaretLivesey convicted of the 1979 murder of her 14 year old son Alan Livesey. She was  released from prison in 1989 still protesting her innocence. She died of throat cancer in2000. See article by Steve Heaton here Read more...


TV Archive - John Kamara - Life after Life

TV Archive - John Kamara - Life after Life

BBC Rough Justice film produced and directed by Louise Shorter which followed John Kamara’s first year of freedom. The film highlights the scandalous lack of official support for innocent prisoners after their release. Read more...


TV Archive - The Case of John Kamara

TV Archive - The Case of John Kamara

1997 Trial and Error filmabout the case of John Kamara who spent two decades wrongly imprisoned for the1981 murder of John Suffield. He was released and exonerated by the Court of Appeal in 2000.  Read more...


TV Archive - The Case of the Handful of Hair

TV Archive - The Case of the Handful of Hair

First ever BBC Rough Justice film about the case of Mervyn 'Jock' Russell who was convicted of the 1977 murder of Jane Bigwood. He was released and exonerated by the Court of Appeal in 1983. Read more...