Women Who Kill: Snapped S10 review

Creators: Stephen Land, Deborah Alllen.

Distributor: Jupiter Entertainment.

Amy Bishop is escorted by sheriff's deputies at the Madison County Courthouse in Hunstville, Ala., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Court officials say Bishop has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three colleagues and wounding three others at a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. (AP Photo/The Huntsville Times, Michael Mercier)
Amy Bishop pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three colleagues and wounding three others at a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Snapped: Women who kill is a credible, if rather generic true crime show. The first series aired back in 2004 and, while the production values are fine, these first three episodes of season 10 are far from exceptional.

As a true crime entertainment vehicle it’s reliable, getting the viewer from a to b without presenting crimes in a way that might distinguish the series: husbands murdered for life insurance, an inheritance or demanding a divorce. Philanderers and abusers whose wives cracked under the strain. Wives and lovers murdering the husband then betraying each other, and so on. Covering more distinctive cases and revitalising the format would make Snapped – a perfectly sound series in itself – stand out as a great one.

Snapped is visually sound, made up with a roster of interviews and contributions from those involved in a case, just what you’d expect and that’s the problem. On reviewing Real Detective, it was fascinating to see the effect major crimes can have on the cops investigating them, to see a little of the human being behind the badge. Side-by-side with that fresh series makes Snapped feel stale and unsatisfying.

If you’re looking for something more innovative and ground-breaking then season 10 is probably not going to flick your switch. This is for true crime and Snapped fans happy to be entertained by a comfortingly familiar TV format that hasn’t evolved for a decade.

There are 22 episodes of Snapped season 10: Tune in 7pm weeknights on True Crime (Sky 185, Freeview 60, Freesat 143)