Wives with Knives
Saturday, 8.30pm, CI The title of this program caused a few nervous titters from men around the office but there’s nothing witty or ironic about Wives with Knives. The series profiles women driven to despair by their abusive husbands before, you guessed it, murdering them with knives. As in Banged Up Abroad, interviews with the real people and their friends and family are blended with dramatic re-creations. In the debut episode, set in Harlem, New York, we meet single mother and nurse technician Donna. Not just a nurse by profession, Donna also supported her mother through years of drug addiction. So here we have a kind, intelligent, highly attractive and compassionate woman. What could possibly go wrong? Almost everything, as it turns out. You see, when it comes to men Donna’s life has been one long string of heartaches. Then, just when she thinks she has met Mr Right, he turns out to be Mr Goodbar. Kevin is possessed by a closet full of demons, chief among them addictions to cocaine and alcohol. Things inevitably spiral out of control until Donna can take no more. After years of systematic beatings, and with Kevin about to squeeze the life from her with his hands around her throat, she takes the only course of action she can. Will the courts understand? Will her five children have to grow up with their mother in jail?