Catching a Killer

The Search for Natalie Hemming

The Search for Natalie Hemming



A small boy shuffles in a chair as a woman asks in a kindly voice: “I want you to tell me about the last time you saw Mummy.” He’s six years old and his mother, Natalie Hemming, has disappeared. On the night she vanished he heard loud noises in the living room: “It felt like thunder.”

Weeks later Natalie’s body is found naked in woodland. She’d been beaten to death by her husband Paul Hemming. This absorbing but painfully sad documentary follows the police investigation from the first emergency call made by Natalie’s mother.

What emerges, quite apart from the processes of an urgent police inquiry that starts as the hunt for a missing person, is a story of an unhappy woman abused by a controlling man.

We hear extensively from Natalie’s close and loving family as they face the inevitable. “I can’t imagine not being able to speak to her again,” says her sister.


Documentary about Thames Valley Police's investigation into the disappearance of 31-year-old mother of three Natalie Hemming on May 1, 2016. The programme has extraordinary access to the officers as they try to work out whether Natalie is alive or dead, and to her family and friends, struggling with the situation unfolding around them, before an arrest is made and the case reaches its heartbreaking conclusion.

Cast & Crew

Director Anna Hall
Executive Producer Brian Woods
Producer Anna Hall
Series Producer Jezza Neumann