20 September 2023

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2X60’, The Incident Room will take viewers through real-life, historical murder investigations step-by-step

LONDON, 20th September 2023: Channel 5 has commissioned brand-new true crime format The Incident Room (2x60’) from Leeds-based production company True North. The incident room is the hub of any police investigation. This innovative series immerses viewers in the high-stakes world of murder investigations, placing the viewer at the centre of the incident room where every second counts in the race to apprehend a killer.    

Viewers will be led through each step of the investigation by the original detectives who worked the case – including interviews with friends and family members, psychologists, forensic investigators etc. Offering a unique look into the inner workings of the nerve centre of murder investigations, this two-part series reveals step-by-step the thrilling processes detectives use to discover clues, identify dangerous suspects, piece together the puzzle of each case, and bring cold-blooded killers to justice.   

Federico Ruiz, Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 & Paramount+ comments: “Take a deep breath and get ready to step into the shoes of real-life homicide detectives at the business end of grisly murder investigations. Crime is a tough space to break new ground but recreating a living, breathing, Incident Room does exactly that. Forget what you’ve seen on TV dramas, this is the real deal.”    

Andrew Sheldon, Executive Producer, True North adds: “The idea was to recreate the precinct of a real Incident Room to reveal how detectives solved their most challenging cases. We see the investigations in the incident room itself, in the cells, in the Interview Room and in the Family Liaison Suite where victim’s families are debriefed. The format allows the viewers to understand how and why the key decisions were taken that brought notorious killers to justice.”   

Due to air in the coming months, The Incident Room is a True North production for Channel 5. The series is commissioned by Federico Ruiz, Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 & Paramount+, with Andrew Sheldon as executive producer for True North.   


For further press enquiries please contact:   

Kate Killgour | kate.killgour@paramount.com  

Susan Wilks | susan.wilks@paramount.com   


About Channel 5

Channel 5 is a public service broadcaster and the UK’s third largest commercial TV station. Launched in March 1997, Channel 5 has been part of Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS) since its acquisition in September 2014. Channel 5 and its digital brands – 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select, 5ACTION and the on-demand service My5 – offer a diverse range of issue-led documentaries & popular factual celebrating the British countryside and drawing talent to the channel, accessible history, premium drama and critically acclaimed children’s, news and current affairs programming. Through its agenda-driving commissions, Channel 5 leads on societal issues from inequality to homelessness and mental health, aiming to tell the story of modern Britain by reflecting the lives of people across the nation. In 2018, Channel 5 won its first BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald. The following year, Raped: My Story won best Single Documentary at RTS. In 2020, it won crowned Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards and by the RTS. In addition, that year it secured its first ever Grierson award win in the ‘Best Single Documentary – Domestic’ category with Suicidal: In Our Own Words. In 2021, it won best factual entertainment at the Broadcast Awards for Springtime on the Farm. It also won best drama at Voice of the Listener & Viewer for All Creatures Great and Small the same year.   

About Paramount 

Global Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic studios, networks and streaming services, its portfolio of consumer brands includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, Paramount Global provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions.   

About True North 

True North Productions is one of the biggest non-scripted independent production companies outside London. Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire and Manchester, the company creates factual programmes and series in a wide variety of genres, including observational documentary, true crime, current affairs, history, property and reality. 

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