‘DNA Detectives’



‘DNA Detectives’ reveals the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of Belfast pensioner Elizabeth Smyth in 1988 and tells the story of the ensuing police investigation through a series of interviews, reconstructions and exclusive media provided by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.  

The documentary features contributions from Elizabeth Smyth’s family together with the detectives who originally investigated the murder and those who opened the ‘Cold Case’ enquiry 17 years later.

Elizabeth Smyth’s killer, William Stevenson, was eventually convicted for murder in 2008 and sentenced to life imprisonment.


‘DNA Detectives’ was initially commissioned by the Crime & Investigation Networks and developed with the support of North West Vision + Media through the Regional Attraction Fund.  

Influential Media licensed terrestrial transmission rights for the documentary to Northern Ireland’s commercial broadcaster UTV in 2011.

‘DNA Detectives’ was first broadcast on UTV on Thursday 6th January with overnight figures showing the documentary scored 82k viewers/21% share, comfortably winning the slot.

Influential Media have now teamed up with UK rights management company Electric Sky to represent and oversee distribution of the documentary.

For queries about licensing ‘DNA Detectives’, please click on Electric Sky’s logo:



With Thanks To:
The Family of Elizabeth Smyth
The Police Service Of Northern Ireland
The Forensic Science Service

Narrator for the Crime & Investigation Network:
Tony Mooney

Narrator for UTV:
Paul Clark 

Jo Anne Mercer
Adam Frith
David Gonet
Sharon Ferster
Mark Stuart Wood

Audio Network

Make Up:
Loretta Parry

Roger Fitzpatrick

Fran Baker

Steve Pennington

Dubbing Mixer:
Mike Thornton

Film Editor:
Dave Woodyer

Production Team:
Paul Reynolds
Jane Taylor

Niamh Donohoe

Executive Producers For Crime & Investigation Network:
Koulla Anastasi
Martin Morgan

Executive Producers For UTV:
Michael Wilson
Rob Morrison

Executive Producer:
Bob Sandy

Produced & Directed by:
Mike Swindells  

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