This 4-part drama-doc series (originally for Sky and adapted for BBC Storyville) tells the story of the most high profile murder investigation in recent Italian history; the tragic and brutal slaying of 13-year old Yara Gambirasio and the search for her killer. Recounted through the intimate testimony of the tenacious and emotional lead prosecutor, Letizia Ruggeri, the film gives audiences unfettered access to one of the most complicated forensic investigations ever undertaken. And, following the 2014 arrest of a local builder, Massimo Bossetti, for Yara’s murder, the film follows his defence through a year-long trial, asking whether the central DNA evidence really stands up to scrutiny.

This critically-acclaimed documentary is both a thrilling account of a remarkable manhunt and a tender portrait of life, death and justice in present day Italy.


Directed by Hugo Berkeley
Produced by
Normal Life Pictures, Yaddo and Run to me film
Year 2017
Length 4x45'
Broadcast at Sky Italia and BBC Storyville (BBC4)