BBC to show unseen Jill Dando film in bid to finally catch her murderer

The BBC will show previously unseen footage as part of a ­“landmark documentary” marking 20 years since Jill Dando’s murder.

It will tell the full story behind one of Britain’s most high-profile unsolved killings, as revealed by those at the heart of the case.

Some BBC staff hope the film, which has the working title The Murder of Jill Dando, could draw out new leads for police.

A BBC source told the Mirror: “The ­documentary will have access to never seen before material from inside one of the largest and most complex murder inquiries ever conducted by the Metropolitan Police, and viewers will discover how events played out in real time.

BBC to show unseen Jill Dando film in bid to finally catch her murderer

Jill Dando
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BBC to show unseen Jill Dando film in bid to finally catch her murderer

Jill Dando’s home
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The film includes the perspectives of detectives, Jill’s colleagues, friends and close family, plus previously unseen archive footage and photographs.

At the time of her death Jill, 37, was one of Britain’s best-loved TV presenters, fronting the Six O’Clock News, ­Crimewatch and Holiday.

She was shot with a single bullet to the head outside her home in Fulham, South West London, on April 26, 1999.

The film’s screening is expected to coincide with the 20th anniversary.

In 2017 the Daily Mirror revealed claims 100 suspects were not followed up, while a former Scotland Yard boss alleged key evidence was “largely ignored”.

BBC to show unseen Jill Dando film in bid to finally catch her murderer

Six distinctive marks were found on the cartridge case used by the gunman who killed Jill Dando
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Theories considered by detectives have included an IRA attack, a hit by a London underworld gang after she reported on them, and revenge by Serbian warlords for fronting an appeal on behalf of Kosovan refugees.

Police then focused their inquiries on Barry George, a local man with a history of stalking women.

He was charged in 2000 and convicted of murder at the Old Bailey before being acquitted after eight years in prison.

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