Netflix to unveil a new one real crime series later that year about the murder of Jill Dando.
The exact episode count and title of the series are yet to be confirmed, but as one of Britain’s best-known crime investigations, it’s likely to turn heads.
Ahead of the upcoming series, here’s what you need to know.
Who Was Jill Dando?
Jill was a BBC journalist who also worked as a presenter on Crimewatch, Breakfast Time and the Six O’Clock News. She also won the BBC Personality of the Year award in 1997.
At around 11.30am on 26 April 1999, she was killed aged 37 after being shot in the head outside her home in Fulham, south west London.
She is believed to have died instantly, with her car keys still in her hand.
She was found 14 minutes later by a neighbor and quickly rushed to Charing Cross Hospital in an ambulance. She was pronounced dead on arrival at 1.03pm.
Jill Dando photographed in 1996
Why is her case so famous?
Jill was a household name at the time of her death, which meant news of her murder made headlines around the world
The nature of her death also meant that she remained in the forefront of public consciousness, especially since her killer was never found.
It quickly became the Metropolitan Police’s largest murder investigation to date and the largest criminal investigation since attempts to locate the Yorkshire Ripper (he was arrested in 1981).
This isn’t the first time Jill’s death has been adapted into a documentary. the BBC last year produced the murder of Jill Dando and itv released Jill Dando: The 20 Year Mystery in 2019, but the unnamed Netflix production claims it will bring “new research” to the investigation.
In a tweet, the Netflix UK and Ireland account said: “The multi-part series will combine archives, new research and insightful interviews to revisit Dando’s life, career and one of the most notorious unsolved murders of the 20th century. ”
Media interest in Jill’s murder led to this met police to tell The Mirror in June 2022: “The investigation into the murder of Ms Dando remains open, as with all murder investigations.
“We will always review any new information that may become available.”
Has anyone been arrested for Jill’s murder?
A local named Barry George has been jailed in the broadcaster’s death – he was arrested on May 25, 2000 and charged on May 29.
Then, on July 2, 2001, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, but eight years later he was acquitted on appeal and a retrial.
He was later denied his £1.4million compensation claim for “unlawful detention”.
Are there any theories?
Investigators still have no idea who might be behind the murder, but national interest in the crime has led to a slew of theories.
It’s important to note that the main solid evidence surrounding the killer relates to a sighting.
Shortly thereafter, Jill’s neighbor reportedly saw a tall, middle-aged white man walking away from the scene.
However, police investigated around 2,400 potential suspects, but only one was ever brought to justice, Barry George.
A popular theory that emerged was that Jill was the victim of a Serbian hitman who killed her after the West helped Kosovo in its Serbian war.
She had presented a BBC Kosovo appeal for those fleeing ethnic cleansing in the Balkans three weeks before her death, raising more than £1million in 24 hours.
Others agreed that because of the nature of the murder – a single shot – it must have been a professional hitman and that they escaped in broad daylight.
However, prosecutors at George’s trial in 2001 dismissed that theory as “headline-grabbing … utter nonsense,” claiming that the amateur nature of the murder — unmasked and gloved — meant it was unlikely to be a professional.
BBC TV presenter Jill Dando at the Television Center
Some speculated that it was Jill’s Crimewatch work that motivated a potential killer, with former Surrey police detective and TV investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas suggesting in 2015 that she was murdered by London underworld ‘Mr Big’.
But the police discounted up to 30 people with a clear reason to refuse the TV program.