Discovery UK Orders Faking It Specials, Sixth Season


Discovery UK has commissioned a brand-new lineup of specials for the true-crime series Faking It, as well as a sixth season to be produced by Shearwater Media.

Back for 2022 are crime analysis experts Dr. Cliff Lansley, Dawn Archer and Kerry Daynes, who will appear in brand-new, hour-long Faking It specials, dropping from April on discovery+. These will include examinations of the murder of Sarah Everard in the U.K. by Wayne Couzens, a serving police officer at the time; and the murder of Gabby Petito by her fiancé Brian Laundrie in the U.S.

Faking It will also tackle the conviction of R. Kelly for sexual abuse and sex trafficking and revisit the story of convicted British killer Mick Philpott, ten years on from killing six of his own children.

In addition to greenlighting the specials, Discovery has commissioned Shearwater Media to produce a six-part sixth season of Faking It, which will dig into other criminal cases of recent times. The series follows experts in body language, linguistics and forensic psychology as they examine footage and interviews of individuals connected to recent high-profile crimes, investigations or controversies. The new season will air on Quest Red in the summer.

Clare Laycock, senior VP of planning and insights and head of entertainment at Discovery UK, said: “Faking It continues to be one of our most popular formats, providing audiences with a unique examination of some of the most high-profile criminal cases across the U.K. and the globe. We are delighted to work with Shearwater Media and our team of experts in body language, linguistics and forensic psychology once more to deliver these hard-hitting specials and a sixth series of Faking It in 2022.”

Steve Anderson, executive producer of Shearwater Media, said: “While there’s no shortage of crime programs, Faking It stands out thanks to the expertise of our team. This is the only place where behavioral psychology, body language and speech patterns are examined, enabling viewers to see, hear and understand more about what really happened in the biggest crime stories of today.”