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Farmer who shot and killed intruder focus of new Channel 4 show

A new Channel 4 programme will shed light on the case of a farmer who was jailed for murder after shooting dead a 16-year-old intruder.

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Farmer who shot and killed intruder focus of new Channel 4 show

Almost twenty years after the shooting which divided the nation, The Interrogation is bringing back the controversial case of farmer Tony Martin as a fact-based drama.

 

The show will offer up an account of the three days of police questioning following his arrest for shooting two burglars who broke into his farmhouse in 1999.

 

At his trial Martin argued he had used reasonable force to defend himself and his property. His conviction provoked public outcry.

 

Martin successfully appealed against his conviction. It was reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and he was released from prison after serving three years.


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Steve Pemberton, best-known for his work as co-creator, writer and performer in The League of Gentlemen and Inside No 9, stars as Martin.

 

The other two central cast members of The Interrogation are Daniel Mays and Stuart Graham, who are playing the detectives that interviewed Martin.

Executive Producer Peter Beard said: “This is the missing part of an extraordinary story that captivated and divided the country.

 

"Finally we will hear exactly what Tony Martin told detectives in the confines of a police interview room just hours after he was arrested.

 

"For the first time it’s his own account in his words.”

 

Acting Head of Specialist Factual Rob Coldstream added: “This thought provoking film sheds new light onto the Tony Martin story, illuminating an issue that touched a raw public nerve at the time and – as events surrounding the recent burglary case in London’s Hither Green demonstrate – continues to do so today.

 

Steve Pemberton continued: "This is a fascinating story which divided public opinion at the time – and is currently even more poignant.

 

"Now we finally get to hear the account directly from Tony Martin, I’m looking forward to being part of such a ground breaking drama.”

 

When can I see it?

 

The Interrogation is on Channel 4 on Sunday, November 18, at 9pm.

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