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In this series of considered, balanced and expertly authored hour long films, world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd re-examines the indisputable medical facts revealed by the autopsies of the some of the most famous celebrity cases who have died in mysterious circumstances, picking through the facts to shed new light on real people who lived extraordinary lives.

Alongside the medical testimony we will explore the timeline of events that contributed to the untimely death and talk to people who will give us first hand factual accounts of what actually took place, revealing an intimate portrait of how each celebrity lived, breathed and ultimately suffered.

Cast

  • AMY WINEHOUSE

    Amy Winehouse was one of the most gifted singer songwriters of her generation. Her multi-award winning album Back to Black has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Her soulful voice, the raw honesty of her lyrics and witty, down-to-earth personality won the hearts of millions. But at 3.30pm on July 23rd 2011, she was found dead in the bedroom of her home in Camden, North London. At the inquest, the coroner concluded she had died of alcohol poisoning. Winehouse fought a very long and public battle with addiction. But in the weeks leading up to her death, she had made huge progress - she was clean of drugs and she was trying to tackle her alcoholism. So why did Amy Winehouse suddenly drink herself to death? Using information revealed by her autopsy, testimony heard at the Inquest and eyewitness accounts, Dr Jason Payne James investigates the last days of Amy Winehouse.

  • HEATH LEDGER

    Heath Ledger was Hollywood’s rising star. Richly talented with rugged good looks his first Oscar nomination came in mid-twenties for his role as a sexually repressed ranch hand in Brokeback Mountain. Two years later Ledger’s versatility saw him deliver one of the big screen’s most unforgettable performances as Batman’s psychopathic nemesis The Joker. But at 3:36pm on January 22, 2008, Ledger was pronounced dead in the bedroom of his New York apartment. He was just 28 years old. His body was taken for autopsy. But the results were inconclusive and the intensely private actor’s sudden, unexplained death sparked speculation and rumour. Heath Ledger appeared to be in the prime of his life, a hugely talented actor with a glittering future ahead of him. The medical examiner concluded he died from an overdose but was it a tragic accident or had the actor taken his own life? Using the evidence of his post-mortem exam, together with the testimony of friends and colleagues, Dr Jason Payne James investigates the final hours of Heath Ledger.

  • JOAN RIVERS

    Following her rise to fame in the 1960s Joan Rivers became the undisputed queen of stand-up comedy. For nearly five decades her unique brand of fast-talking, acid tongued wit made her a fixture on stage and television around the globe. But at 1.17pm on 4th September 2014 Joan was pronounced dead in her hospital room. She was 81. Joan Rivers was known for her love of plastic surgery. But after risking her life on numerous occasions by going under the cosmetic surgeon’s knife, a routine, low-risk procedure was to go tragically wrong. Dr Jason Payne James investigates the last days of Joan Rivers.

  • PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

    Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the greatest actors of his generation. Celebrated for his commitment to his craft, he was a multiple Academy Award nominee who won the coveted Best Actor gong for his title role in Capote in 2006. But on 2nd February 2014, Hoffman is found dead in his New York apartment. In his left arm is a single syringe. In the apartment forensics find the powerful – and notoriously addictive narcotic – heroin. On the face of it this would appear an open and shut case - but an examination of Hoffman’s chemical makeup will reveal what happened in his final hours, because everything he put in his body – whether he swallowed it, injected it, smoked it or snorted it, leaves a chemical trace. To find out exactly what killed Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dr Jason Payne-James will study the history of his relationship with drugs and will reveal what finally led to this talented and successful actor’s death.

  • ROBIN WILLIAMS

    Robin Williams was one of the funniest and most gifted comedians of his generation. He burst to prominence in 1978 in the hit TV sitcom Mork & Mindy and won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting in 1997. But just before midday on 11th August 2014, he’s found hanging from a belt secured to a closet door in his home in Tiburon, California. Now, Dr Richard Shepherd is piecing together the events of Robin Williams' last hours and evidence from the autopsy report to uncover what triggered this suicide. The star had overcome major heart surgery, was winning a lifelong battle with drink and drugs and, at the age of 63, was set to reprise one of his most famous roles in a sequel of box office smash Mrs Doubtfire. Yet beneath this surface Robin Williams was a troubled man, secretly coping with a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, taking medication used for severe psychiatric conditions and displaying bizarre signs of paranoid behaviour. However, Dr Shepherd reveals it’s a rare and undiagnosed brain disease that finally is the driver that causes Robin Williams to take his own life. Alongside sensitive and factually based drama we talk to close friends, biographers and a psychologist and painstakingly investigate the tragic death of a comedy legend.

  • MARILYN MUNROE

    In the golden age of Hollywood Marilyn Monroe eclipsed all others. Through a series of hit films in the 1950s she became the ultimate sex symbol. Her iconic look made her one of the most photographed, most famous women on the planet. But on 3.50 am on 5th August 1962 Marilyn was pronounced dead in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home. In spite of her success, Marilyn suffered chronic insomnia, severe anxiety and depression and died with bottles of prescription pills at her bedside. Her death was declared a ‘probable suicide. ’ But this official uncertainty and rumours of affairs with both John F and Robert Kennedy opened the floodgates to fifty years of conspiracy theories and allegations that Marilyn was murdered. Now, Britain’s leading forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd is piecing together the events of Marilyn’s last hours, using the autopsy report and her recently revealed private medical records. Here, buried deep in the archives, he discovers a damning piece of fresh evidence, allowing him to offer a startling new conclusion and finally reveal who was responsible for the death Marilyn Monroe.

About

In this series of considered, balanced and expertly authored hour long films, world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd re-examines the indisputable medical facts revealed by the autopsies of the some of the most famous celebrity cases who have died in mysterious circumstances, picking through the facts to shed new light on real people who lived extraordinary lives.

Alongside the medical testimony we will explore the timeline of events that contributed to the untimely death and talk to people who will give us first hand factual accounts of what actually took place, revealing an intimate portrait of how each celebrity lived, breathed and ultimately suffered.

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