Stacey Dooley’s Stalkers Is A Documentary You Need To Watch

Entertainment
By Rufus Punt | 8th February 2022

The BBC really knows how to create good documentaries and investigative journalism- and one of it’s best talents is back with a new series.

 

Stacey Dooley- Stalkers is the newest documentary from the 34 year old journalist and TV presenter, and sees her meet the victims and perpetrators of stalking in Britain. As we see in the series- particularly in Episode 1- stalking is usually done by someone known to the victim, though they can be a total stranger. It is often someone that has been cut out of the lives of the victim, such as an estranged partner or parent, or someone they’ve known at school or work.

Her unique presenting and interviewing style lends itself to this particular subject...

In the show, Stacey attempts to reach out to those affected by the crime, after incidents that will likely affect and haunt them forever. Her unique presenting and interviewing style lends itself to this particular subject, allowing the victims to open up about their experiences. In the first episode, she interviews a woman, Sabrina, who became victim of stalking and threatening messages- before realising it was her ex boyfriend. Protests and begging to get back together after a relationship has failed will, in these cases, turn into an obsession that leads to stalking and threatening messages.

She doesn’t just interview the victims though- the episodes also see her talk with some of the stalkers themselves, such as a man who was recently released from prison. As the documentary notes, around half of stalkers who are caught and convicted will do so again. Dooley attempts to get inside the heads of those who that stalk, and understand what drives them to do so. But she also discovers that a conviction for stalking isn’t always the end- in one case, a stalker was convicted, served a sentence, and then applied for a job at the same company their victim worked at.

In the second part of the two parter, she interviews a 22 year old dancer who has been stalked by an obsessive fan- the second common kind of stalking, by a complete stranger. Despite the fact the man stalking her has been arrested three times and convicted once, he is still able to contact her. Dooley embeds herself in the police force to investigate this kind of stalking from strangers, and whether prison or therapy are effective at stopping it.

All in all the documentary, in both parts, is a frightening but necessary watch. For those who haven’t been a victim of stalking, or know someone who has, it opens your eyes to the realities of the crime, and that a conviction doesn’t always mean the end of the story. And Dooley presents it all in her usual very accessible manner, that encourages you to keep watching and investigating with her.


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