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Bloodlines


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Sunday at 8.30pm 

"Bloodlines" is based on the true story of a South African born psychiatrist who, in Dunedin at the beginning of the new millennium, committed what he believed was the perfect murder.

The philandering Dr Bouwer employed his medical knowledge - over a period of months late in 1999 and early 2000 - to systematically poison his wife Annette using insulin. 

New Zealand's "Doctor Death" almost got away with her murder - but his undoing came in the form of two Dunedin men:  the young hospital doctor who refused to sign Annette Bouwer's death certificate and instead ordered a last minute post mortem, and the Dunedin cop who wasn't the incompetent buffoon the arrogant Dr Bouwer suspected.

In 2001 Colin Bouwer was sentenced to 15 years non-parole. The jury's decision to convict was amongst the fastest in New Zealand legal history.

In a bizarre coincidence Dr Bouwer's son from a previous marriage was tried - in South Africa - at the same time for the murder of his wife.

The tele-feature is directed by Peter ("Until Proven Innocent") Burger and stars Mark ("Eruption") Mitchinson as Colin Bouwer, Nathalie ("District 9") Boltt as the victim Annette, Craig ("Show of Hands") Hall as the young doctor and Will ("Shortland Street") Hall as the police detective.

*Teletext Captions Page 801*
*HD where available*


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