The Trials That Shocked Scotland


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From the longest criminal trial in UK history, to headline-hitting murder prosecutions, this series revisits 12 high-profile and memorable court cases which shocked Scotland.

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S1E4 - Episode 4

This episode explores two cases that changed the Scottish legal system forever. First up is the 37-year-fight for justice following the murders of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott - aka the World's End murders - and subsequent trials of Angus Sinclair, accused of murdering the young women. Then it's an unremarkable case from the east end of Glasgow which ended up at the UK Supreme Court, resulting in huge consequences for the Scottish justice system.

Air Date: 02 Nov 2022 15:00 (CDT)

S1E5 - Episode 5

In this episode, we examine the extraordinary 2011 trial of Malcolm Webster, who was accused of the murder of his first wife and the attempted murder of his second wife. Seven years earlier, a shocking murder on a quiet street on the outskirts of Glasgow led to the 2004 trial of William Gage.

Air Date: 09 Nov 2022 14:00 (CDT)

S1E6 - Episode 6

In this episode, we look at how two devastating disasters led to high-profile court cases. In 1998, the UK's deadliest terrorist attack occurred when a Pan Am flight to New York City exploded over the town of Lockerbie, just days before Christmas. After years of negotiations, the trial of the two accused - Abdul Bassett Al-Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah - was held in 2000 under unique circumstances at Camp Zeist, in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, following the sudden death of the Findlay family in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, a long and complex trial was held in 2005, with the company Transco accused of several health and safety violations.

Air Date: 16 Nov 2022 14:00 (CDT)