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Entertainment Barrymore: The Body in the Pool proved true crime still exploits the working classes

09:56  07 february  2020
09:56  07 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Barrymore , his ex-lover Jonathan Kenney, and dustman Justin Merritt were all previously arrested over the death A swimming pool thermometer from the hot tub — which could have been used in a sex assault on the victim Barrymore : The Body In The Pool - Trailer for the Channel 4 documentary.

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It was only a matter of time before true-crime television’s ever-zooming lens refocused on the tragic case of Stuart Lubbock, who, in 2001, was found dead in the swimming pool at the Essex mansion of entertainer Michael Barrymore.

Michael Barrymore holding a sign: Michael Barrymore on Strike it Lucky (Photo: Fremantle Media/Shutterstock) © Provided by The i Michael Barrymore on Strike it Lucky (Photo: Fremantle Media/Shutterstock) As you will remember, because the story – horrifically sad, and still unresolved – uncomfortably captured public fascination; resulted in the temporary demise of Barrymore’s career (since partly revived – in December, he was skating on Dancing on Ice); and eventually ended up a lazy punchline for dark, deliberately objectionable comedians.

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" Crime scene mistakes" were made in the investigation into the rape and murder of a man at Michael Barrymore 's home, Essex Police have said. The admission comes in a Channel 4 documentary 19 years after Stuart Lubbock's body was found in the TV presenter's pool following a party.

PICK OF THE DAY: Barrymore : The Body In The Pool . Nearly two decades after 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock drowned in the Essex swimming pool of TV entertainer Michael Barrymore , a forensically detailed documentary tries to give the Lubbock family some closure as it aims to discover exactly what

Channel 4’s Barrymore: The Body in the Pool featured interviews with detectives on the case, Lubbock’s family and ex-wife, and the scurrilous tabloid journalists who spent multi-million-pound budgets relishing the most scandalous celebrity scoop in decades.

The film replayed events over 90 minutes and repeated in graphic detail the severity of the injuries Lubbock sustained, all in a bid to find out… what, exactly?

The swimming pool at the home of Michael Barrymore where the body of Stuart Lubbock was found dead in 2001 © Eastnews/Shutterstock The swimming pool at the home of Michael Barrymore where the body of Stuart Lubbock was found dead in 2001 We have reached no new junction in the legal proceedings, no new evidence has come to light, there is no big imminent anniversary of the case, and there has been no new access to Barrymore. So stirring up these painful memories seemed to serve no purpose other than to feed the kind of unsettling, morbid obsession that was so indulged in the first place.

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The body of Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found in Michael Barrymore 's swimming pool in March 2001. Det Ch Insp Jennings admitted "mistakes" were made in 2001 after items possibly used in the attack - including a pool thermometer and a door handle - vanished from the crime scene.

In this Channel 4 programme, police officers, journalists and those who worked with Barrymore are interviewed to try to get closer to the truth. Those are about the only universally acknowledged facts in the whole business. For Barrymore : The Body in the Pool , Channel 4 obtained extensive – and

Who raped and murdered Lubbock? What does Barrymore know? Why did he refuse to give evidence at the time? Where did the allegations of interference with Lubbock’s body in hospital come from? And did Barrymore have the right to resuscitate his career in the scandal’s wake? These, it seemed, were the questions we were supposed to be asking.

a person standing in front of a window: Terry Lubbock, Stuart Lubbock's father in Michael Barrymore: The Body in the Pool (Photo: Channel 4) © Provided by The i Terry Lubbock, Stuart Lubbock's father in Michael Barrymore: The Body in the Pool (Photo: Channel 4) Instead, so resistant was the film to come down on any side and attempt to answer any of them, I found myself wondering what the viewer was supposed to take away from all of this, other than an “Ooh, who knows?” and a cautious suspicion of Barrymore – who declined when film-makers approached for comment – the next time we see him on ITV.

The film’s title was its strongest statement. There was Barrymore, and there was the body in the pool. There was the flashy, loaded Saturday-night game show host and there was the unsuspecting working-class man he met in a nightclub who, Lubbock’s brother Kevin said, accepted the star’s invitation back to a party at his home so that later, he’d be able to tell people: “You’ll never guess where I was at the weekend.”

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What will the Barrymore : The Body in the Pool documentary cover? Nine years on from that fateful night, the documentary explores the full story behind Eighteen months in the making and with access to never-before-seen material from inside one of Essex Police’s most controversial unsolved cases.

Michael Barrymore was once regarded as the king of British Saturday night light entertainment, the Proving there is life after Coronation Street, Sarah Lancashire put in a bravura turn as Sgt Catherine The Body in the Pool – its title echoing the famous opening of Billy Wilder’s film Sunset Boulevard

File photo dated 23/05/17 of Michael Barrymore. The father of a man found dead in the entertainer's swimming pool nearly 20 years ago has thanked him for keeping the case in the public eye. © Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images File photo dated 23/05/17 of Michael Barrymore. The father of a man found dead in the entertainer's swimming pool nearly 20 years ago has thanked him for keeping the case in the public eye. Lubbock’s brutal rape and murder became a secondary sub-plot in a grander, salacious story of a celebrity’s fall from grace. As his father, Terry, told film-makers, Lubbock was “completely lost in this story”.

Terry’s many attempts to speak with Barrymore in a now-lifelong fight for justice for his son only rendered him a sympathetic prop in Barrymore’s PR campaign for reputation rehabilitation. “If I try hard, I can think of Stuart as a child, as a person, as a man… but it’s very, very hard, because this thing is so big that it’s smothered everything that was good about my son,” he said.

Essex police undated handout photo of Stuart Lubbock, who was found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool nearly 20 years ago. Mr Lubbock's father has thanked the entertainer for keeping the case in the public eye. © Essex Police/PA Media Essex police undated handout photo of Stuart Lubbock, who was found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool nearly 20 years ago. Mr Lubbock's father has thanked the entertainer for keeping the case in the public eye. I’m surprised it has taken this long for TV commissioners to examine celebrity scandals like this one, in their endless mission to turn crimes into cliffhangers.

True crime’s critics now call for caution, warning that too often it glamorises rapists and murderers. I wonder when commissioners will begin to consider how often these unsolved injustices befall working-class victims, and how little duty of care is exercised when their memory and their bereaved are exploited anew for our entertainment.

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