Harold Shipman

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Health-Medical Documentary hosted by Alistair Parker, published by Channel 5 in 2014 - English narration

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Harold Shipman On the tenth anniversary of his death, this two-part documentary claims to be the definitive account of Doctor Harold Shipman's notorious crimes. It certainly offers a thorough examination of how a respected pillar of the community was eventually exposed as Britain's most prolific serial killer. One of the most astonishing aspects of the case is how Shipman got away with it for so long. Despite being outed as a drug addict in the '70s, he only ever received a fine and a warning for his conduct. Most agree that he should've been struck off. And yet he continued to practice and prey upon his patients for years thereafter. Filled with contributions from former colleagues and relatives of his victims, the programme also contains several dramatic reconstructions. So often the risible bane of true-crime documentaries, on this occasion they're relatively restrained.

[edit] Driven to Kill

The first instalment of this two-part programme looks at what drove Shipman to kill over a period of almost 30 years, examining his early school days as a model pupil up to his time as a junior doctor in Pontefract Hospital. Featuring interviews with Margaret Sivorn, who worked with him in Pontefract, and consultant forensic psychiatrist Richard Badcock, who was the only psychiatrist to assess Shipman.

[edit] Catching Dr Death

The concluding edition of this two-part docu-drama looks at how Shipman covered his tracks and examines the unravelling of decades of lies that subsequently led to his conviction. In March 1998, staff at the local crematorium became suspicious of the deaths signed off by Shipman and alerted the coroner, but a police investigation was stopped after just three weeks. It was the subsequent death of Kathleen Grundy that triggered his downfall, and her daughter and son-in-law Angela and Phil Woodruff describe their reactions when they discovered that Shipman was bizarrely the sole benefactor of Kathleen's estate.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 3177 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps VBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 45 min
  • Number of Parts: 2
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1,018 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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