MUMBAI: When Ricky Reel didn't come home from a night out with his friends, his mother Sukhdev knew something was very wrong. The 20-year-old Asian student disappeared after he was subject to a racist attack on the night that he died. Ricky's body was found in the Thames seven days later.
An investigation into his death returned an open verdict, but his family believes that he was murdered and have criticised the police over the way they handled their investigation.
Zone Reality will air a show Psychic Private Eyes from tonight 21 February 2007 every Wednesday and Thursday at 9 pm. Britain's best known psychics set their extra-sensory sights on an unsolved case in history and try to help Ricky's grieving mother unearth the truth.
At the heart of each one-hour episode is a detective story, with families searching for answers to the mysteries surrounding the untimely deaths of their loved ones.
Psychic Private Eyes portrays real life psychic investigations by top psychics into 15 high profile mysterious and harrowing cases. Colin Fry, Tony Stockwell and female psychic medium T.J. Higgs use their skills to unearth mysteries surrounding strange deaths and disappearances that have long been erased from public memory, and attempt to contact the dead victims for clues.
Zonemedia regional marketing manager Asia Pacific Flecka Picardo says, "Whether you are a sceptic or a believer, Psychic Private Eyes makes for compelling television and we feel that the series only serves to strengthen Zone Reality's diverse line-up of real-life programming."
Fry says, "The people we're reading for have already had the worst happen to them. They want to know the facts and need to know them, no matter how gruesome. If we can tell them it was over quickly or there was no pain, then this can take away some of their anguish and help them move on."
The mediums are not given any information about the victim before they meet the families or conduct readings of photos and belongings. During the course of the series they will use many of the secret techniques developed in their work with the police, such as literally walking in the victim's shoes.
This 15 episode series taps into the public's growing fascination with the paranormal. Psychic Private Eyes is a co-production between Zone Reality and television company IPM.