Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 7.35PM Fri 19 August 2011

In 1991 the bodies of policeman Trevor Buchanan and family friend Lesley Howell were found in a car in Castlerock, Northern Ireland. At the time it was believed that Trevor and Lesley had formed a suicide pact, devastated, it was said, by the discovery of an affair between their spouses.

For their surviving spouses, Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan, life slowly returned to normal. But in January 2009 Colin contacted the police and told them that he and Hazel had murdered their respective spouses.

Following his confession, Colin was convicted of murder and sentenced to 21 years in prison, and Hazel, who pleaded not guilty, was also convicted of murder. She is serving an 18-year jail sentence.

Judy Kelly's First Cut film examines the story behind the murders and features unique access to Hazel's husband and her children, who are standing by her. The film reveals the extraordinary situation of a family being torn apart by murder, 18 years after the crime took place.

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Judy Kelly's First Cut film tells the remarkable story behind the murder of Trevor Buchanan and Lesley Howell