The 56-year-old hard-hitting judge of several television talent competitions is set to unveil new series, titled “The Investigator: A British Crime Story.” This is the first time that Cowell will be involved in a real-life crime TV stories like this.
Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas has teamed up with Cowell’s production company Syco to create the series. The former police officer was responsible for exposing pedophile Jimmy Savile on ITV series, Belfast Telegraph reported.
A source told the Mirror that Cowell and Williams-Thomas were introduced to each other last year and from then on they worked on some ideas. The insider added that Simon is really excited about the project and this could be the beginning of more similar shows for him in the future.
According to Mirror, the music mogul has become very fascinated in real-life crime TV after watching the HBO series “The Jinx.” The documentary investigated the life of Robert Durst, who was described as the scion of a billionaire family in New York and has been the center of a series of unsolved crimes.
ITV noted that Cowell’s new TV series is a combination of “stylized drama with compelling documentary”. “The Investigator: A British Crime Story” is set to re-examine the murder case of Carole Packman, who went missing from her home in Bournemouth in 1985. Her body has never been found but her husband Russell Causley was given a sentence of life in prison in 1996 for her murder. His conviction however was quashed in 2003. A retrial in 2004 however found Causley guilty and was ordered to complete his sentence.
The four-part ITV series is scheduled to air in August.
Cowell’s name has been synonymous to talent shows. He was involved in the “Got Talent” franchise, the “X Factor” and of course, the “American Idol.” He recently signed a deal to join the judges’ panel of “America’s Got Talent” season 11. Cowell replaced judge Howard Stern who exited the show after season 10.
Simon Cowell is also the man behind the success of several artists including One Direction.