It became Britain’s longest-running murder trial and sparked a freedom campaign that went around the world.

Now, the wrongful conviction of three innocent Welsh men and the true story of how the real killer was caught is the basis for a landmark documentary series from BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Two.

Diving deep into the Lynette White murder investigation, A Killing In Tiger Bay will examine the wrongful arrest and trial of the so-called Cardiff Three, which eventually led to the UK’s biggest ever police corruption case.

Eyewitnesses placed a white man covered in blood at the crime scene, but 10 months later, five young black men were arrested and charged. They were all innocent.

The new series shines a light on the 30-year scandal, the countless lives it ruined, the DNA breakthrough which exposed the real killer and the bitter fight for justice and accountability that has now lasted three decades.

The first episode will air on BBC Two and BBC One Wales at 9pm on Thursday, September 9.

It is the second long-form documentary series BBC Wales has done on the story, following on from the hugely successful 13-part Shreds podcast by Ceri Dawn Jackson.

BBC Cymru Wales head of commissioning Nick Andrews said: “This is a hugely significant story not just for Wales but for the UK as a whole.

"In three decades the events and aftermath of that appalling night have never been properly told or explored in full and this series represents a huge opportunity to finally do just that.

"It’s a testament to the team behind it that so many of those involved in this incredible and shocking story have trusted us to tell it in this way."

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