Who Killed Jill Dando? Season Review – A gripping deep dive into a tragic cold case

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Episode Guide

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3


Who Killed Jill Dando? is Netflix’s newest true crime offering, which investigates the unsolved murder of one of television’s most popular presenters in the 1990s. The three-part series looks into Jill’s life before that fateful day when she was shot and killed on her own doorstep. It then delves head-on into the investigation of who killed her.

There have been quite a few documentaries about this case over the years, which does make you wonder what new information could have possibly come to light to justify another deep dive into the case. But as the series unravels, there are things that are revealed that have previously not been known to the public.

The series also does a good job of explaining the process the police went through to eliminate the people in Jill’s close circle from their investigation. We hear from people who have not featured previously in projects linked to this case, which makes it feel fresh and interesting. The most fascinating person to appear this time is a colourful ex-con-turned-journalist who claims to have a pretty good idea of who killed the Crimewatch presenter. 

There are a few familiar faces who give their two cents on the case as well, including the senior investigating officer on the original task force, Hamish Campbell, who still insists they caught the right man for the crime. This is typical rhetoric from police officers that we see throughout the media in high-profile cases who can’t admit they made a mistake. This documentary would have been better off excluding him from the interview list altogether, as his statements only add more pain to the person who was wrongly convicted of the crime. That person was, of course, Barry George, who features in the documentary and is rightly given a platform to discuss the ridiculous case the police brought against him. 

Unfortunately, as the title suggests, the questions surrounding Jill Dando’s murder remain unanswered to this day. The 3-part series goes through most of the theories in the case but provides a balanced view of events, not pointing the finger one way or another. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this case, and it’ll set the amateur detectives rocking in their armchairs, desperate to discover what really happened. Twenty-five years after Jill Dando’s murder, this is better than nobody talking about the case at all and it disappearing into the abyss.

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  • Verdict - 9/10

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