Simon Cowell Making Real Life Crime Series
Simon Cowell is making a hard-hitting television crime series.
The 56-year-old music mogul has become synonymous with TV talent shows such as The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. But he is now hoping to find success in another field on the small screen, with his new series The Investigator: A British Crime Story.
Cowell's company Syco has joined forces with former detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who was responsible for exposing paedophile Jimmy Savile, for the ITV series.
"Simon is very excited about producing some serious TV shows in a very different genre to The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent," a source told Britain's The Sun newspaper.
The show will be set over four episodes, and will combine "stylised drama with compelling documentary".
The Investigator: A British Crime Story will focus on the case of Carol Packman, who disappeared in 1985 from her home in Bournemouth and has never been found.
Her husband Russell Causley was given a life sentence in 1996 after being found guilty of murder, but his conviction was quashed in 2003. However, following a retrial in 2004, Causley was found guilty again and ordered to complete his life sentence.
During his time in prison, Causely confessed to his jail mates that he had killed Carol, with claims that he added he dissolved her body in acid.
Simon is said to have become interested in the real life crime genre on television after watching U.S. series The Jinx - an HBO series about accused murderer Robert Durst which aired last year.
And after meeting up with Mark, father-of-one Simon decided he wanted to try his luck with a similar series.
"He was introduced to Mark last year and they hit it off," a source told the Daily Mirror newspaper. "They talked and worked on some ideas. This is the first to make it to the screen and could be the first of many. Simon is excited."