ITV is kicking off its new Crime & Punishment season with a one off murder investigation fronted by Sir Trevor McDonald.
Here’s all you need to know about the shocking programme and when it will air…
What is An Hour to Catch A Killer about?
An Hour to Catch A Killer tells the true story of the hunt to find the man who killed 24-year-old Alice Ruggles in October 2016.
Given unrestricted access to the heart of the investigation, An Hour to Catch A Killer promises to be a shocking and ground-breaking programme.
The parents of victim Alice Ruggles said: “We want to share Alice’s story because it highlights the dangers of coercive behaviour and stalking.”
Sir Trevor McDonald explained how the use of body cameras will “provide an incredibly intimate insight into the crucial ‘Golden Hour’ of a murder inquiry as we follow the team’s race against the clock to catch the killer.”
Who was Alice Ruggles?
The 24-year-old was a Northumbria University product design graduate originally from Leicester.
She took a job at Sky after graduating and developed an intense relationship with Dhillon while he was serving in Afghanistan.
Dhillon – who was a serving soldier – “bombarded” Alice with text messages and phone calls, gave her unwanted gifts, contacted her friends and family and threatened to kill himself.
She ended their relationship and had reported her killer to cops weeks before her death.
How did Alice Ruggles die?
Lance Corporal Trimaan “Harry” Dhillon climbed into Alice’s flat through an open window on October 12 last year.
The brute is thought to have held her head up and slashed her throat at least six times – cutting through to the spine.
She suffered 24 injuries, while, Dhillon who at 6ft 1in and 12st 7lb was almost a foot taller and three stone heavier, suffered none.
Jurors at Newcastle Crown Court were played a frantic 999 call by Alice’s friend Maxine McGill where she described finding her pal “covered in blood”.
She named Dhillon as the killer – branding him an “absolute psychopath”.
In court, the monster claimed Alice had attacked him and died after accidentally plunging the carving knife into her neck when she fell during a row.
He was caged for life with a minimum of 22 years for the act of “utter barbarism”.
When is An Hour to Catch A Killer with Trevor McDonald on TV?
An Hour to Catch A Killer will air on ITV at 9pm on Thursday 12 October as part of the network’s new Crime & Punishment season.
Other documentaries in the series include Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine, Ross Kemp Behind Bars, The Murder of Becky Watts and Serial Killer with Piers Morgan.
An Hour to Catch A Killer will then be available to watch on demand via ITV’s catch up service, The ITV Hub.