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The Problem With Netflix’s Who Killed Jill Dando


Netflix’s otherwise decent documentary series Who Killed Jill Dando? ends on an unfortunate note.

Jill Dando
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New true crime documentary series Who Killed Jill Dando? is now streaming on Netflix, and overall it’s a fairly thoughtful and comprehensive look back at the shocking murder of the beloved TV presenter, albeit one that stumbles at the finish line. 

Dando was murdered on her doorstep in Fulham, southwest London, back in 1999. Due to her popularity and the nature of the crime itself, both the public and the police were keen to see the crime solved as soon as possible. Those who live in the UK or are familiar with the case will know what happened next: the identity of Dando’s killer remains a mystery 24 years later. 

Who Killed Jill Dando? seeks to keep the events surrounding her death fresh in our minds, interviewing those who were close to her and bringing in the man who was wrongfully convicted of her murder to ask him in a roundabout way if he actually did it.

The Murder of Jill Dando

Born in Weston-super-Mare, Jill Dando started out as a trainee reporter for a local newspaper before getting a job at the BBC. She began presenting the national news in 1988, and became the familiar face of programmes like Breakfast Time, the Six O’Clock News, and travel show Holiday. She also co-hosted the popular crime appeal series Crimewatch, which created re-enactments of unsolved cases and urged people to reach out with any tips. She was still working on Crimewatch at the time of her death, and the Netflix doc notes how important that show was to her.

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