Back in the summer of 2014 BBC3 – then still a traditional digital TV channel – broadcast Murdered By My Boyfriend, an astonishing one-off drama based on a true story that showed the full, harrowing effects of domestic abuse. It was an extremely hard watch, but also extremely necessary to watch, and its star, Georgina Campbell, rightly won a BAFTA for her performance. The follow up is Murdered By My Father, which adds a new, cultural dimension to another shocking domestic abuse story that was based on real events. Now we know when it’s going to be available to watch.
Murdered By My Father stars Kiran Sonia Sawar and Adeel Akhtar, who, in particular, has been doing some fantastic work recently (see River for a crime drama example)
This is how BBC3 describes the drama:
With 12,000 ‘honour-based’ crimes reported in the UK since 2010 and an estimated 60 murders committed in the past five years, ‘honour’ violence continues to occur across various cultures and communities in the UK today. Based on testimonies of a range of individuals as well as charities set up to deal with the problem, this contemporary film is a riveting exploration of how family love and duty can be turned to violence and murder in a British home.
As a widowed father, Shahzad (Adeel Akhtar) has been trying to keep his two kids on track, but Salma (Kiran Sonia Sawar) is growing up quickly. To fulfil a promise he made his wife and what he considers his duty as a single dad, Shahzad wants to make sure his daughter is set up with the right man to marry.
But as Salma’s planned engagement to Haroon (Salman Akhtar) approaches, unbeknown to her father and younger brother she becomes increasingly involved in a whirlwind romance with charismatic charmer Imi (Mawaan Rizwan), who urges Salma to leave her family roots and marriage arrangements behind to embrace a new life together.
Salma knows Imi is not what her dad is expecting and soon finds herself caught in a tense conflict between two generations with differing values. Struggling to control her burgeoning teenage wish for freedom, Shahzad is confronted by Haroon and driven to despair, believing Salma’s actions have caused irreparable damage to his family’s reputation – their ‘honour’.
The bonds that unite father and daughter are shattered, leading to a startling climax and more than one tragic ending in this heart-breaking story.
It’s sure to be another harrowing but necessary watch.
Look out for it from Tuesday 29th March, 6pm, BBC3