Conviction: Murder in Suburbia, BBC 2, BBCiPlayer, directed by Nick Mattingly

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The viewer follows Louise Shorter, ex-journalist and leader of the Inside Justice team, supported by criminal lawyers, ex-police officers and forensics experts who offer assistance in cases where there could have been a miscarriage of justice.

You know when people say spoiler, aye, give me one of them. Glyn Razzell murdered his wife in 2003. Her body was never found. He’s been in prison for nearly 15 years and is eligible for release after serving 16 years but has maintained his innocence.

In 2016 a double murderer was convicted in Swindon. A serving policeman described him as a serial killer, all of whose victims had not yet been found. The double murderer was said to have helped with building work on the extension to the Razzell’s home and was said to have an affair with Linda and have been obsessed with her.

Red herring. Red because of the colour of herring after being smoked. And as we all know herring was used in the training of tracker dogs.

Aye, give me another one of them spoilers. Glynn Razzell maintained that the DNA evidence that convicted him was planted by his wife. His wife had gone to the boot of the estate car he had borrowed from his friend and waved her blood about to incriminate Glynn. I remember that from some movie.  Blood doesn’t lie. It wasn’t detected until the third forensic examination of the car.

The forensic expert in Louise Shorter’s team said it had been raining that night when the police forensic experts examined the car and they didn’t do their job properly. She didn’t say that exactly, but the viewer knew what she meant. Later she and another expert were drafted in to look at blood splatter. They concluded that Linda had been bleeding when she was placed in the boot of the car.

There was a programme later about Super Squirrels. Maybe they put Linda in the boot of the estate car.

I’m simplifying a complex case with a high red herring quotient. As we all know artificial intelligence is really just pattern recognition software with a body attached. Shorter arranges for a prison visit and for Glynn to take a lie detector test, which he readily agreed to. Only when the team arrives outside the prison Glynn changes his mind.

His wife’s body will be found, eventually. Glynn has moved to an open prison in preparation for his release.  No doubt he’ll keep saying he was fitted up. He wasn’t fitted up enough for my liking.

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