REVIEW: A detective-turned-author shares his story on Written In Blood episode 7
Episode seven of Written In Blood sees fact and fiction become even further intertwined as Simon Toyne meets with a detective-turned-author who used his own life experiences to create a bestselling novel.
The new CBS Reality series sees host Simon Toyne meet the best fiction authors face to face to discover the true crimes that inspired their works. In tonight’s episode, we travel to Scholar Green to meet writing duo Robert and Carol Bridgestock, and learn about the murder that affected their lives forever.
So far, the innovative new series has featured authors who used real-life cases they often stumbled across online or in the media as a starting point for creating their own crime stories. However, in a first for the series, the seventh episode introduces viewers to a writer who was himself heavily caught up in the crime that inspired his novel.
Robert Bridgestock worked as a detective in the 1970s, when he was called to work on a horrific murder that took place in Scholar Green. Two young women had been passing through the area, when the house they were staying in was broken into and they were both tied up and brutally murdered. The incident threw the local community into a state of fear and disarray, and motivated Robert and his wife to later write about what they went through.
Tonight’s episode is particularly thought-provoking as it really delves into what the writing experience is like for authors who were personally affected by the events that inspired their popular work. Robert details the difficulties of retelling his tale, but also how the process soon became cathartic for him, as he began to channel emotions into fiction. Creating the novel with his wife Carol, it was also really interesting to see what the writing process looks like when a story is co-written by a duo.
The episode is narrated very much like a novel itself, as the viewer is carried along the detective’s story, denied the knowledge of who the killer or killers were until the very end. You really feel like you were there 40 years ago, living alongside the local community who were burning for answers.
The highlight of the episode arrives when a new thread of evidence lends the police the break they had been praying for, and the murderer in Scholar Green is finally exposed. The climatic conclusion has all the tension of a crime drama series, with the added thrill of knowing it actually happened.
Once again, Written In Blood succeeds in being as informative as it is gripping and, if you haven’t already, is definitely worth tuning into.
Written In Blood continues tonight (Sunday 15 October) at 10pm on CBS Reality.