O death, where is thy sting? The defiant extract from Corinthians is a popular bromide at funerals.
You didn’t have to look hard for death’s sting in A Year of British Murder (Channel 4). In two hours this palimpsest of grief visited the random stories of 11 of the 768 victims of murder or manslaughter in 2017.
Where other documentaries about murder might forensically reconstruct the crime or the prosecution, or ask hand-wringing questions about public policy, this deeply empathetic film derived its power from a less inquisitive approach. Unobtrusively it watched relatives deal with the irreversible paradigm shift of the sudden absence of a loved one.
The helplessness for some parents was channelled…