BBC2 has ordered a documentary from Minnow Films investigating the conviction of Michael Stone for the brutal murders of Lin and Megan Russell in Kent in 1996.
Stone was convicted after a year-long investigation and jailed for life for the murders of the mother and daughter, along with the attempted murder of 9-year-old sibling Josie Russell in Chillenden village.
Suspect (working title) revisits Stone’s story as he continues to plead his innocence. The film will question why independent experts doubt the safety of his conviction and tabloid newspapers have named alternative suspects. The hour-long documentary is expected to air towards the end of the year.
The film will be executive produced by Colin Barr for Minnow Films. It was commissioned by controller of TV channels and iPlayer Charlotte Moore, head of documentaries commissioning Patrick Holland and commissioning editor Clare Sillery.
Holland said the film will explore if the right man has been imprisoned and whether the real killer remains undetected.
“BBC documentaries do not shy away from tackling complex and difficult subjects, and this film will investigate all angles of this shocking crime,” he added.
Minnow has produced a raft of challenging true crime and real life documentaries for BBC2 in recent months, including Abused: The Untold Story, How to Die: Simon’s Choice and The Detectives.
The Chillenden murders were covered by BBC factual in 2008 when BBC1’s One Life strand broadcast a 40-minute film called about Josie Russell’s survival called Josie’s Journey. It is yet to be confirmed whether the Russell family will appear in Minnow’s documentary.