Curious Films is to explore the impact of Operation Yewtree in new Channel 4 documentary later this month.
Channel 4 has commissioned The Accused: National Treasures on Trial (1x60') from Curious Films about the operation’s lasting impact on the country’s values, attitudes and culture.
The one-off documentary will feature three figures accused by Operation Yewtree or one of the subsequent investigations it spawned, three men who were accused but either never arrested, charged or convicted: Sir Cliff Richard, radio DJ Paul Gambaccini and former Pop Idol judge and DJ Neil Fox.
The documentary also hears from some of those close to the police investigation, along with journalists who were involved in the national conversation surrounding Yewtree.
Lee McMurray, commissioning editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 4 says: “This film offers a unique and fresh take on events that changed us forever, compelling viewers to ask important questions about a watershed moment in recent British history...
"The hurt and anger felt by three household names caught in the eye of the storm sparked by Yewtree, is weighed against the need for and value of a police operation that, while not perfect, delivered long overdue justice to victims of heinous crimes.”
Jessie Versluys, executive producer, Curious Films added: “The Accused: National Treasures on Trial explores what it’s like to find yourself at the heart of a police investigation into alleged historic sex crimes...
"Using first-hand testimonies, it looks at the role of the media during this period, and the argument around whether celebrities should be named in the press before any charge has been made...
"At the same time it asks searching questions about Yewtree and assesses its role in changing Britain’s attitudes towards sex, morality, consent, gender relations and what we expect from public figures.”
The Accused: National Treasures on Trial is a 1x60’ documentary commissioned for Channel 4.