Strictly Come Dancing star reveals new true crime documentary - details

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12 Feb 2024, 16:33

Zara McDermott and the BBC Three logo

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Former Strictly Come Dancing and Love Island Zara McDermott has revealed her next documentary project for BBC Three and iPlayer.

The documentary will be a true crime focused one based on 2022’s Idaho University Murders.

Zara - who recently graced our screens while competing in 2023’s series of Strictly Come Dancing - will travel to the small town of Moscow, Idaho for the documentary in order to explore the story behind the muter of Idaho University students Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen.

As the title suggests, The Idaho Murders: Trial by TikTok will give particular focus to the social media obsession which followed the deaths of the four university students.

The show’s synopsis explains: “As days turned into weeks, global interest in the case snowballed racking up nearly 2 billion views on TikTok worldwide with the harrowing case remaining unsolved.

“From the very first reports of the crime, to the news of the arrest, Zara will see how every detail of the investigation into their murders was turned into social media content and meet those who took it upon themselves to try and identify the killer.”

Describing the documentary herself, Zara shared: “I’ll be investigating the social media interest around the tragic murder case of the University of Idaho students which captured the minds of many around the world. 

"I’m keen to find out why true crime is such a big topic online and the impact on those involved,” she added. The documentary will therefore not only look at the facts of the case in question, but also the wider issue of true crime content consumption online.

Zara has previously worked with the BBC to present several other documentaries including Uncovering Rape Culture, Love in the Flesh, and Inside Ibiza.

The Idaho Murders: Trial by TikTok, will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer in March.