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Murdered: The Baby on the Beach (Channel 4 Sunday 3 December 2023)

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Murdered: The Baby on the Beach airs Sunday 3 December 2023 on Channel 4.

What is this episode about

On a beach in County Kerry was discovered in 1984 the lifeless body of a baby boy who had been brutally murdered. An enthralling police investigation involving detectives from all over Ireland was set in motion by the local Gardai in their pursuit of answers. Joanne Hayes, a woman from north Kerry, was implicated in the official investigation, which shocked the local community. The Gardai were hell-bent on proving that Joanne was the baby killer on the beach, even though they had scant evidence to support their claim.

In this riveting miniseries spread over three parts, we go back to the case that caused national outcry among women and resulted in a tribunal of inquiry that received a lot of media attention. After nearly 40 years of dead ends, the case recently had a breakthrough that has brought us one step closer to knowing what happened to Baby John.

Carefully following the storyline from its inception, the series ties in with current events, revealing how forensic technology cleared Joanne Hayes’ name and offered a window of opportunity to learn what happened to the baby on the beach.In the pilot, a peaceful rural town in South Kerry is rocked to its core in 1984 when a brutally murdered infant is discovered.

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A riveting investigation into an unbelievable crime is set in motion by this incident. The investigation had primarily targeted women who had just given birth, similar to Joanne, and her family became the primary suspects. The Hayes family admits an impossible confession to the murder during police interrogations. Another baby’s remains are found on the Hayes family farm, which is a shocking turn of events.

A baby who was born to Joanne actually passed away soon after birth, and these bones are thought to be hers. The new information raises questions about the credibility of the investigators and the Hayes family. With this new development in the case comes the inevitable question: can we possibly learn what happened to the baby on the beach?

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When can we see the episode

Murdered: The Baby on the Beach airs Sunday 3 December 2023 at 10:35pm on Channel 4

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Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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