Murdered By My Father: 'Honour killing' of 16-year-old girl to follow Murdered By My Boyfriend into BBC3 documentary

It'll be a 'contemporary kind of Romeo and Juliet for multicultural Britain'

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The 'honour killing' of a 16-year-old girl is to be the focus of a new hard-hitting documentary for BBC Three.

Channel controller Damian Kavanagh revealed that Murdered By My Father will focus on the tragic but riveting story of "how family love and duty turned to violence and murder in a suburban British home".

Numerous individuals came forth with testimonies during the making of the film and many have never spoken in public before. Charities and institutions set up to confront the problem of "honour killings" and abuse also gave valuable insights into the issue.

Young screenwriter Vinay Patel has written the thought-provoking hour-long drama, which "bores into the psychology of this hideous crime, focusing on the bonds of love and grief uniting a daughter with her widower father, as well as his need to control her burgeoning teenage wish for freedom".

Like hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the UK, the girl lived in constant fear of her parents when she fell in love with the wrong boy.

Described as "a contemporary kind of Romeo and Juliet for a multicultural Britain," Murdered By My Father will mix thriller and romance and air the year of the first national memorial day for victims of honour killings.

Police records suggest that honour killings have risen by 47 per cent since 2009, while the main charity supporting victims reports an average of 700 calls each month.

Murdered By My Father follows domestic violence documentary Murdered By My Boyfriend, which aired last summer and won lead actress Georgina Campbell the Best Actress gong at last month's TV Baftas.

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Georgina Campbell in Murdered By My Boyfriend

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