Who Killed Jill Dando? Review – The True Story of Britain’s Biggest Unsolved Murder

By Romey Norton
Published: September 26, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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Who Killed Jill Dando Review
Who Killed Jill Dando? (Credit - Netflix)


This unsolved case still haunts the British public more than twenty years later—a severe look into an execution-style murder and the many conspiracy theories around who did it.

Streaming giant Netflix has released an in-depth documentary on the British broadcasting legend Jill Dando and her untimely death. The three-part documentary series delves into the devastating story of Jill Dando, who was killed by a single bullet on her doorstep in London in 1999 in broad daylight.

During Jill’s career, she fronted BBC’s Breakfast Time, Breakfast News, the BBC One O’Clock News, and Crimewatch UK. Her face was on British screens every day for years, and to this day, her unsolved murder still hurts the hearts of Brits everywhere.

Her death led to thousands of leads and theories as to what happened, and despite being one of the biggest homicide investigations in British history, the murder remains unsolved.

Who Killed Jill Dando? Is a Sad Documentary

Through CCTV footage, we follow Jill on the morning of April 26, 1999, go shopping, and make the 15-minute drive home in her BMW convertible, arriving at around 11.30 am. There, outside her front door, her murderer pounced on her from behind, forced her to the ground, and fired a single bullet into her head.

Her neighbor discovered her body about 15 minutes later, and Dando was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. This execution-style killing is truly heinous, and the many unanswered questions and many conspiracy theories make this case a compelling, unsolved mystery. 

The documentary has a chilling opening, in which I hear the distressed phone call to the police from the woman who found Jill on her doorstep. I was then taken straight into interviews with people connected to Jill and the case, including newsreader Jennie Bond, who reminisces about the day the busy, buzzy BBC offices went silent when they heard the news. 

There’s plenty of archived footage from Jill’s time presenting, which helps display her professionalism and friendly disposition. Mixing this with photos from the crime scene, which are bloody and violent, is a shocking contrast—this documentary does not shy away from showing the brutal truth. 

Over the three episodes, I was taken through Jill’s career as they try to establish motives and the murderer. Crossing individuals off one by one while sifting out of the noise of the media and mass conspiracies floating around.

The media hype was sensational, with theories springing up every day around whether this was an execution, an assassination, or an organized crime murder, yet no final answer was ever determined. 

What I enjoyed about this docu-series is its quick pace. In episode one, there are lots of cuts from images to archived footage, interviews, reenactments, CCTV, and news reports, all making sure that you can feel the intensity and high coverage this case got. It’s recreating the mass hysteria this murder caused. 

The main theories surround criminal revenge. As Jill was a presenter on Crimewatch, she angered and upset many criminals. One year after the crime, they arrested and charged a man named Barry Bulsara. Barry is featured in the documentary as a free man and not in prison. Then, there is a link to Serbia through the casing of the bullet. 

By the end of the documentary, I was left feeling incredibly sad, as there was no conclusion, no strong evidence, and much felt unfair and unfit. So, as a viewer, I’m left feeling empty but then satisfied, as I’ve been told a story so well that I understand why it’s not been solved. It ends with a chilling piece of footage from Jill, which will send shivers down your spine. 

Who Killed Jill Dando? (Credit – Netflix)

This British history compelled me

The docuseries does well in showing Jill’s professionalism and warmth to demonstrate how shocking and confusing her murder was, as the motive is so difficult to determine.

There’s great detail, investigation, and footage, making this a well-rounded docu-series. 

This is a piece of British history. As harrowing as it is, it’s important to watch in terms of how the British media operates, how conspiracy theories can affect a case and a society, and how hard it can be to investigate a murder.

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