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Jill Dando: The 20 Year Mystery – ITV

Jill Dando: The 20 Year Mystery
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Julie Etchingham looks into the murder of Jill Dando, who was shot dead on her doorstep in April 1999 - a case that has baffled police for two decades

Julie Etchingham looks into the murder of Jill Dando, who was shot dead on her doorstep in April 1999 - a case that has baffled police for two decades

On 26 April 1999, journalist and TV presenter Jill Dando was shot dead in broad daylight on the doorstep of her Fulham home in London.

A neighbour with learning difficulties, Barry George, was wrongfully imprisoned for her murder for seven years.

After his release the case was reopened but there have been no new arrests since then.

Her death shocked and saddened the nation, yet, 20 years later, who pulled the trigger, and why, remains a mystery.

Julie Etchingham investigates the cold case

Julie Etchingham investigates the cold case

This film, presented by Julie Etchingham, revisits the crime scene, and talks to people who knew Jill well. Featuring new and exclusive interviews with one of Jill Dando's best friends, Sir Cliff Richard, as well as Barry George and his sister Michelle, the programme also reveals new information found in boxes of evidence from the first trial.

Cliff Richard provides a vivid insight into his friend, who he met after discovering she was a fan. The legendary singer was helping her plan her upcoming wedding to doctor Alan Farthing.

'She was going to use my Rolls Royce to arrive at the church... But of course, you know, the sad story is that that didn't happen. And she was taken from us rather cruelly I feel, it just doesn’t make sense. It's still a mystery to me that they haven't been able to find her killer,' says Cliff.

TV Times rating; ***

Mandy Cooper
Mandy Cooper

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.