ITV unearths Manson family footage - Naked Entertainment explores notorious cult in two-part doc
ITV will delve into the life of the Manson family in a two-part series that will draw from more than 100 hours of previously unseen footage.
The Manson Family: The Lost Tapes [working title] will reveal what life was like inside the 1960s cult and how Charles Manson assembled a group of young followers who would go on to commit a series of infamous murders.
The tapes include footage of the young perpetrators explaining why they committed the murders.
The 2 x 60-minute series will feature new interviews with former Manson cult members, as well as key people involved in the Manson case, including prosecutor Stephen Kay and FBI criminal profiler John Douglas.
The footage was shot 50 years ago by Robert Hendrickson, the co-director of the 1973 Oscar-nominated documentary Manson. It was unearthed by Naked Entertainment’s chief executive Simon Andreae in 2016 following the film-maker’s death.
Andreae, who is one of the executive producers on the two-part series along with Hugh Ballantyne, Richard Dale, Allan Gaba and Dean Egnater, described the footage as “raw, candid and compelling”.#
The doc marks a departure for Naked, which is known for producing light entertainment shows such as Channel 5's 100% Hotter and Secret Admirer, and E4’s My Hotter Half.
The Manson Family: The Lost Tapes was commissioned by ITV commissioning editor Kate Teckman and head of factual entertainment Sue Murphy.
Teckman said the film comes at a time when the radicalisation of young people is a “more pressing issue than ever”.
She said: “Hendrickson’s extraordinary unseen footage provides a chilling and compelling insight into how vulnerable young people were influenced into carrying out some of the most horrific murders of the 20th century.”