Upcoming BBC true crime four-part miniseries “Steeltown Murders” is about to premiere, and today we’ll bring you everything you should know about this upcoming crime thriller that will chill your bones with its haunting stories about the deaths of three women in the 1970s, the investigation becoming a cold case until it was dug up again from the archives back in the 2000s by the police who eventually found the killer.
It’s fair to warn our readers that this post contains references to abuse, murder, and other topics that some might find disturbing. After setting that necessary trigger warning aside, we’ll dig into the specifics; like all true crime cold cases, this one takes place in Wales, and it tells us the story of that location’s first serial killer, the pain the families had to go through, and the decades-long investigation that ensued to bring the killer to justice. As this show makes its way to the small screens of the BBC, we’re prepared to give you some background on this production.
What Are Steeltown Murders About?
Steeltown Murders centers around the disappearances of three women in Swansea back in 1973 after they were out partying one night but never came back home. The bodies were found in the Neath Port Talbot forest with evident signs of strangulation and sexual abuse. A police investigation followed one that took nearly three decades to solve with cutting-edge DNA technology in the 2000s.
Who’s Behind Steeltown Murders?
Steeltown Murders will consist of four episodes that will land this week via BBC; the miniseries was conceived by scriptwriter Ed Whitmore, who’s credited with a couple of British TV serials like “Silent Witness” and “Walking the Dead” as well as a couple of episodes for the Emmy-award winning police procedural series CSI. On the director’s chair sat Welshman Marc Evans, who’s credited with doing films like “My Little Eye”, “House of America”, and “Resurrection Man.”
To bring this series to life, the producers cast Philip Glenister, who you might recall from “Life on Mars” as DCI Paul Bethell, and Steffan Rhodri, who worked in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” as Phil Rees. And with them, a supporting cast made up of Priyanga Buford (No Time to Die), Keith Allen (Trainspotting), Nia Roberts, Matthew Gravelle, Elinor Crawley, and Dyfan Dwyfor.
Where Were Steeltown Murders Filmed?
This BBC One original production began shooting in South Wales back in November 2022, with postproduction starting in the first quarter of 2023. The real detectives that investigated the murders that inspired this story were brought in as consultants for the show, bringing another level of realism to the investigation depicted. Now it will make its way to the small screen for all BBC viewers this week!
Also Read: How Frida Kahlo Passed Away? The BBC Documentary on Her Life
Steeltown Murders Release Date
Steeltown Murders will release on 15 May 2023 on BBC One at 21:00 hours United Kingdom Time, with a rebroadcast on BBC Two on Monday 22 May 2023 at 02:00 hrs United Kingdom Time, and all episodes will be available simultaneously on BBC iPlayer. Each episode is expected to run for about one hour. If you reside in a different region, consult the list below for the air time schedules.
- European Central Time: Sunday, May 15, 2023, at 22:00 hrs
- Pacific Time USA: Sunday, May 15, 2023, at 13:00 hrs
- Eastern Time USA: Sunday, May 15, 2023, at 16:00 hrs
- Philippines Time: Monday, May 16, 2023, at 04:00 hrs
- India Time: Monday, May 16, 2023, at 00:30 hrs
- Korea Standard Time: Monday, May 16, 2023, at 05:00 hrs
- Singapore Standard Time: Monday, May 16, 2023, at 04:00 hrs
- New Zealand Time: Monday, May 16, 2023 at 09:00 hrs
- Australia Eastern Time: Monday, May 16, 2023, at 07:00 hrs
Where To Watch Steeltown Murders?
Steeltown Murders is a BBC One original production and will be broadcast on that network and streamed exclusively on BBC’s native platform iPlayer since its release date. If you live within UK territory, BBC iPlayer is completely free to subscribe, as you will only need to provide your email address and your zip code along with your TV license.
If you reside outside the United Kingdom, you could circumvent the geographic restrictions by using a trusty VPN. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the show’s licensing and distribution rights allow it to be streamed on other platforms.
Also Read: What Happened to Kirsty Young? Talking About Where The BBC Broadcaster Was