Every year over a million people are stalked in Britain, resulting in harassment, fear, physical assault and in some extreme cases rape and murder. The UK has an extremely high stalking rate which is increasingly on the rise and it is estimated that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men who have been stalked have even come face to face with their own stalker.
In an attempt to probe deep into the mind of a stalker and discover what triggers their thoughts and actions, Channel 4 has commissioned a brand new Cutting Edge documentary called Britain’s Stalking Epidemic. The film will provide an insight into the work of specialist psychiatrists at The National Stalking Clinic in North London. Channel 4 has been granted unique access to the clinic which sees psychiatrists explore the inner psychology of stalkers and the sexual and malicious triggers for their actions, as well tracking their treatment and rehabilitation.
The National Stalking Clinic was set up by a team of specialist forensic psychiatrists in December 2011 who believe treatment and rehabilitation of stalkers is vital to prevent more victims. The psychiatrists work closely with the offenders to try and stop their predatory behaviour which can prove challenging when they are all fixated and obsessed with their victims. Psychiatrists need to effectively balance the impulsive behaviour of these stalkers and make them take responsibility for their actions; as well as taking into account their individual rights to be free from harm and menace.
Britain’s Stalking Epidemic will observe and examine closely the rehabilitation journey of several different ‘types’ of stalkers. It will intimately examine the stalker’s complex desires and behaviour as they come into contact with the forensic psychiatric teams treating them, and their specially chosen victims
Britain’s Stalking Epidemic is a 1 x 60 minute documentary ordered by Emma Cooper, Channel 4’s Factual Commissioning Editor from True Vision Productions. It is directed by Nick Poyntz and executive produced by Brian Woods.
Further upcoming Cutting Edge films that have been commissioned by Emma Cooper are:
Gender Dysphoria (w/t)
A rare and fascinating story which shows the lives of young children living with gender dysphoria exploring the prejudices that lay ahead and following their families as they work closely with clinicians and psychiatrists to help them prepare for what the future holds. The film will feature interviews with leading experts on gender dysphoria.
Production company is Rize Television Ltd; directed by Mark Henderson and executive produced by Sheldon Lazarus and Nina Davies.
An insight into the influx of supercars and their wealthy owners in central London each summer. Swapping the searing heat of their homes in the Middle East for the cool of the UK, more and more super rich Arabs are packing their bags and cars for their annual vacation in the capital.
Production company is Oblong Films; directed by Matt Rudge and executive produced by Jonny Young.
Meeting Ian Brady
A forensic examination of Ian Brady’s upcoming public mental health tribunal hearing which will follow the events leading up to and during the tribunal from the perspective of those closest to the case including his mental health advocate, lawyers and psychiatrists – many of whom have never spoken on television before.
Production company is CTVC Ltd; directed by Paddy Wivell and executive produced by Emma Loach.