Woodcut Media and Abacus Media Rights have confirmed two Amazon Prime Video exclusive true crime docuseries, "Murder in the Red Light" and "Becoming Ian Brady," licensed by Prime Video in the UK and Ireland.“Prime Video is a superb platform to launch these two powerful documentaries, and we are pleased to be working with Abacus again, who also share our vision for true crime programming. With both these series we have taken new viewpoints on both the subjects and the bigger issues they cover, in order to offer fresh insight into familiar crimes," Matthew Gordon, Executive Producer, Woodcut Media said.
Produced by Woodcut Media and distributed globally by Abacus Media Rights, "Murder in the Red Light" is scheduled to launch 19th April and "Becoming Ian Brady" will launch 10th May on the streamer in the UK and Ireland. The series is produced by Milly Ali, directed by Jo Conchi, and executive produced by Matthew Gordon and Kate Beal for Woodcut Media.“Once again Woodcut Media has created two very strong true crime series which deliver a new dimension to shocking real life events," Jonathan Ford, Managing Director at Abacus Media Rights said. "We are very pleased to have these intriguing factual series to offer to our clients who value the high quality mark that Woodcut shows represent."
"Murder in the Red Light" examines decades of murder cases where killers have targeted vulnerable sex workers as potential victims. For many years these
murders didn't get much media coverage and failed to be prioritized by the police. However, this changed in 2006 when local girls in the British town of Ipswich in Suffolk, began to go missing. Over the course of two months, five women’s bodies were found and dumped in remote rural areas. The crimes were later connected to Steven Wright, who later became known as The Suffolk Strangler. The three episodes in the series explore the lives of the women themselves, the changing approach of policing these crimes before and after events in Ipswich, as well as examining the public and media response.
"Becoming Ian Brady" showcases the full story of Britain’s most notorious killer Ian Brady, who between July 1963 and October 1965 along with his partner Myra Hindley, killed five children in the Greater Manchester area. Framing events through Brady’s involvement and the evolution of his desires, the series examines the impact of the murders and questions how they could have happened. "Becoming Ian Brady" is produced by Woodcut Media’s Emma Griffiths, directed by Andy Robinson, and executive produced by Matthew Gordon and Koulla Anastasi. The three episodes examine Ian Brady’s upbringing, early ‘career’ and what led him to commit the crimes, questioning whether he's actually evil.
Prime Video is a superb platform to launch these two powerful documentaries, and we are pleased to be working with Abacus again, who also share our vision for true crime programming. With both these series we have taken new viewpoints on both the subjects and the bigger issues they cover, in order to offer fresh insight into familiar crimes.” Matthew Gordon Executive Producer, Woodcut Media