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Viewers divided after watching true-crime documentary Murder in Mayfair

The BBC programme aired on Tuesday evening

Murder in Mayfair: Nawal Al-Maghafi and Odd Petter Magnussen

BBC Two aired new true-crime documentary Murder in Mayfair on Tuesday evening exploring the tragic murder case of 23-year-old student Martine Vik Magnussen, who was killed in London, in 2008.

The programme was fronted by reporter Nawal Al-Maghafi who sought to uncover the truth behind the case – but some viewers watching the documentary at home were divided on their thoughts.

Murder in Mayfair: the family of Martine speak about her tragic death

Taking to social media, the majority of fans were impressed with the show. One person tweeted: "Brilliant & brave reporting by @BBCNawal on #murderinmayfair. Don't be so hard on yourself Nawal. You did the best anyone could for Martine and her dad. I hope that one day he gets the answers he deserves."

A second viewer echoed this, writing: "Congratulations @BBCNews for the excellent efforts for justice shown in #MurderInMayfair." A third, meanwhile, wrote: "What a fantastic programme tonight. Your perseverance and determination for Odd Peter yet calmness in dealing with Farouk was obvious for all to see. Well done on a great programme. Would be good if the Gov't could follow up with further assistance?"

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Odd Petter Vik Magnussen, Martine's father© Bard Gundersen
Odd Petter Vik Magnussen, Martine's father

However, others had a different view and voiced that the programme should have focused more on the victim. "Should have focused on the victim, the victim's family and the investigation of the crime. #MurderInMayfair," asked a third, as a fourth questioned: "#MurderInMayfair what was the point of this programme? Do they think he was going to tell them anything?"

In the documentary, the reporter, Nawal, sought to get to the bottom of what happened to the Norwegian student. As the synopsis explains: "Hours after her death, the only suspect in the case, Farouk Abdulhak, the son of one of Yemen’s richest and most powerful men, fled the UK to Yemen.

Old photo of Martine Vik Magnussen shown in BBC documentary
Martine Vik Magnussen died in 2008

"Nawal seeks answers to what happened to Martine and uncovers how money, political power and Yemeni law protected Farouk once he had absconded to Yemen, which has no extradition treaty with the UK." 

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