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Eyewitness

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Genre: Documentary
Channel: BBC Two
Status: Ended
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Philip Glenister Philip Glenister as Narrator

Eyewitness was a BBC series which examined how the police investigate crimes and the techniques they use to find their way through the complex web of memory. Ten people were secretly filmed as they witnessed what they believed to be a real crime - a knife attack in a Manchester pub. But when they were later interviewed by the police, their memories were radically different to each other's and to what really happened. In an extraordinary experiment with the Greater Manchester Police, the problem of eyewitness recollection was dramatically brought into focus, alongside the remarkable techniques used by the modern police to counter our unreliable memories.

Eyewitness adapted from the Norwegian series. TV show will center on the eyewitness to a crime. Season 1 follows a pair of teen boys harboring a secret preventing them from notifying police after observing a bloody shoot-out in an isolated cabin in upstate New York. The setup is promisingly provocative, with foster-child city kid Philip and motocross jock Lukas beginning a secret relationship in their dreary rural NY burg, only to be interrupted in a lakeside cabin by a savage drug-related multiple murder. They fear for their lives and their reputations should any of this get out. Philip’s situation is complicated by his foster mom being the small town’s sheriff.

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