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BBC's True-Crime Documentary 'Murder Trial: The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming' Sounds So Chilling

BBC's True-Crime Documentary 'Murder Trial: The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming' Sounds So Chilling

Just when you thought you couldn't fit any more true crime into your telly schedule, think again, because BBC Two is about to release a chilling documentary on the disappearance of Margaret Fleming, a vulnerable young woman from Inverkip in Scotland.

The 19-year-old was under the full-time care of Edward Cairney and Avril Jones when she went missing just before Christmas in 1999.

BBC's two-part documentary, Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming will shed light on the investigation, which only began when an application for a Personal Independence Payment caused suspicion among authorities.

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When they tried and failed to get in touch with the applicant, assumed to be Margaret, police discovered she had vanished from the remote, coastal area of Scotland over a decade earlier - yet no-one, including her carers, had reported her missing.

Cairney and Jones were accused of murdering the young woman, disposing of her body and continuing to claim benefits - of which amounted to £182,000 - in her name for 16 years.

The two-part BBC Two documentary will begin tonight at 9pm (Credit: BBC Two)
The two-part BBC Two documentary will begin tonight at 9pm (Credit: BBC Two)

Despite a huge police search, Margaret's body has never been found and no crime scene was discovered.

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Directed by Bafta Scotland award winner, Matt Pinder, the fascinating and devastatingly sad documentary follows the seven-week murder trial at Glasgow's High Court, which eventually ended with Cairney and Jones being found guilty of Margaret's murder.

Cairney and Jones were convicted of Margaret's murder (Credit: BBC Two)
Cairney and Jones were convicted of Margaret's murder (Credit: BBC Two)

The pair claimed Margaret is still alive, living in London and returning to Scotland periodically.

While filming, BBC Two were given exclusive in-court access granted by the trial judge himself, Lord Matthews as well as the Lord President of the Court of Session.

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The chilling documentary explores the investigation into Margaret's disappearance (Credit: BBC Two)
The chilling documentary explores the investigation into Margaret's disappearance (Credit: BBC Two)

At the time of the trial, Detective Superintendent Paul Livingstone - who was in charge of the investigation - said Margaret was "a very vulnerable young woman who was manipulated, abused, neglected and ultimately murdered by the two people who should have been looking after her."

Speaking about the documentary, director Matt said: "In terms of Margaret, I'd like to think that these films will help bring her life back into focus.

The documentary follows the seven-week trial of Cairney and Jones (Credit: BBC Two)
The documentary follows the seven-week trial of Cairney and Jones (Credit: BBC Two)
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"The fact that a young, vulnerable woman was massively let down by the system was a driving force in why we made this film - by making this documentary we wanted to show that she wasn't forgotten."

Episode one of Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming will air on BBC Two tonight (Wednesday 8th January) at 9pm, continuing tomorrow night (Thursday 9th January) also at 9pm.

Featured Image Credit: BBC Two

Topics: Entertainment News, TV News, TV Entertainment

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]

 

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