True North is to explore the mysterious death of a man on Saddleworth Moor in a Channel 4 documentary.
Mystery of the Man on the Moor (w/t) will investigate the death of David Lytton, whose identity was revealed last week after his death in 2015 sparked a 13-month police investigation.
Lytton, a tall, grey haired man in his late 60s, was last seen asking for directions to the top of a moorland mountain, but was found a day later near local beauty spot Dove Stone Reservoir, having died from a dose of strychnine.
True North’s hour-long documentary will reveal unseen footage of the key moments of the discovery of Lytton’s body and the subsequent international investigation.
The team has secured access to Great Manchester Police’s DS John Coleman as he worked on the case, piecing together Lytton’s last known movements, ordering a second post-mortem to try to trace him through a metal plate in his left leg and handling dozens of potential inquiries from families searching for long-lost relatives.
The team, led by producer and director Sarah Hey, has also gained access to Lytton’s family members, including his brother, who told the Guardian that he was “tied into” the C4 documentary.
The doc was ordered by specialist factual commissioning editor Tom Porter.
He said: “This film tells an extraordinary tale of mystery and intrigue through amazing long-term access. In a world where our every movement is seemingly tracked and monitored to the extreme, it’s almost unbelievable that someone can prove so hard to trace.”
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