Wisebuddah to produce Crime podcast for 5 live

Wisebuddah has been commissioned by BBC Radio 5 live to produce a new true crime podcast series Beyond Reasonable Doubt?.

The series unravels the sequence of events around Kathleen Peterson’s death, wife of the outspoken political columnist and American author Michael Peterson.

Through press coverage, archive material and recorded interviews with those directly involved, Beyond Reasonable Doubt? explores the happenings of an American court case that grabbed the attention of the world.

BBC Radio 5 live’s Chris Warburton delves into exactly what happened the night Kathleen was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their North Carolina home in 2001. Some say it was murder, some argue it was a tragic accident, but everyone in the Peterson’s hometown of Durham has their own opinion about what happened.

Wisebuddah has been brought on board to produce 16 episodes of the podcast, with the first four available to download from the BBC Radio 5 live website on 20th June. The remaining episodes will be released on a weekly basis.

Mark Sandell, Executive Producer at Wisebuddah tells RadioToday: “Audio is a powerful storytelling tool and we’re excited to have the opportunity to help retell this gripping court case through a series of podcasts. There’s a great challenge in reimagining real life events for a broadcast audience, combing archive footage with modern-day commentary, and bringing them together in a way that’s engaging and captivating. It is a gripping, though tragic story with so many twists that I hope listeners will find the it compelling. For my own part, I used to work at 5 live so to make such a prestigious series for them felt like coming home.”

Chris Warburton, Presenter for BBC 5 live says: “This has been a truly fascinating project to work on. Listeners will build up their own theories as to what happened that night and it’s been an exciting challenge to present the facts as we have found them. I listen to podcasts from across all sorts of genres. It has been a real thrill to be part of a great team producing a new series in one of my favourite genres, that of True Crime.

“I’ve worked in radio for around twenty years and firmly believe the intimate nature of audio can present engaging stories in a way no other medium can. I’m confident that listeners to Beyond Reasonable Doubt will be as hooked as I was when I first came across the story.”

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