Out of all the Murdered By My...films, Killed By My Debt was perhaps the one that got under my skin on a personal level. As a production, it may not have been as strong as Murdered By My Boyfriend or Murdered By My Father (though I must point out that I still haven't seen Murdered For Being Different, because the Sophie Lancaster case is one that really upsets me as it is) but unlike those two examples, this explored an area I could easily see myself falling into. As a white heterosexual male, I am not going to be killed by an abusive boyfriend, nor am I going to be a victim of an 'honour' killing, but I know that I can be in a position where I am just a step away from debt. As such, Killed By My Debt was close to home.
Unfortunately, I don't think Killed By My Debt punched upwards though. I appreciate that Jerome's family are, quite rightly, alligning themselves with debt charities in a campaign to reform bailiff agency practices and the debt collection industry as a whole, but in supporting this overall message the drama here lets the real culprits off scot-free. This needed to be more politically motivated to strike home accurately.
Killed By My Debt is currently available to watch on the BBC3 iPlayer.