True Files

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True Files
(真实档案)
Genre Crime
Starring Lim Kay Tong
Tay Ping Hui
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 62
Production
Running time approx. 20 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MediaCorp
Original run 22 April 2002 – 18 March 2007
Chronology
Related shows True Courage

True Files (Chinese: 真实档案) is an English language television docu-drama telecast on MediaCorp Channel 5, with each episode re-enacting some major cases of crime in Singapore. When the inaugural season was telecast in 2002, its first episode was re-slotted to be telecast later, when numerous public feedback was received by the station complaining that it was too graphic after watching trailers for the pilot episode. The show was also pushed back to a 10 p.m. time slot from the second episode onwards as a result. Nonetheless, the hype helped the show to enjoy favourable viewership ratings, and so far, five seasons of this programme have been telecast.

The show was hosted by veteran actor Lim Kay Tong from Season 1 to Season 4. In Season 5, the host is Tay Ping Hui, and the narration by Brian Richmond.

The programme also had some episodes telecast in the Chinese version on MediaCorp Channel 8, with cases in the first two seasons hosted by Edmund Chen, and the cases in season 3, 4 and 5 hosted by Chew Chor Meng.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 ( 10.00 p.m. (8:30 p.m. for first episode))[edit]

Screenshot showing the body of Lee Kim Lai found on 25 April 1978 in the backseat of a taxi in a re-enactment of his murder on True Files, MediaCorp TV Channel 5 in the episode entitled "The Sentry". The Chinese subtitle partly translates the English narration, which went "The sentry, Lee, suffered a total of 15 cut and stab wounds, with the fatal wound being a double stab wound in the neck"
  • 1. (23 April 2002): Gold Bars Triple Murders
  • 2. (30 April 2002): The Trial of Mimi Wong
  • 3. (7 May 2002): Cries of a Child
  • 4. (14 May 2002): The Trial of Adrian Lim
  • 5. (21 May 2002): Who Killed Winnie Spencer
  • 6. (28 May 2002): Killer Tenant
  • 7. (4 June 2002): The Trial of Sunny Ang
  • 8. (11 June 2002): The Sentry
  • 9. (18 June 2002): The Paedophile
  • 10. (25 June 2002): The Horror!
  • 11. (2 July 2002): Trusting Your Killer
  • 12. (9 July 2002): Murder For Coins
  • 13. (16 July 2002): Burnt Body Murder
  • 14. (23 July 2002): Body Parts Murder

Season 2 (Tuesdays, 10.00 p.m.)[edit]

  • 1. (26 August 2003): Murder He Wrote
  • 2. (2 September 2003): Triple Murder
  • 3. (9 September 2003): Maid Abused to Death
  • 4. (16 September 2003): The School Bus Driver
  • 5. (23 September 2003): Murder of Inspector T Maniam
  • 6. (30 September 2003): The Duck Den Murder
  • 7. (7 October 2003): Murder of her Landlady
  • 8. (14 October 2003): Murder of the Italian Lady
  • 9. (21 October 2003): Found Insane
  • 10. (28 October 2003): Raped By Mother’s Boyfriend
  • 11. (4 November 2003): Jealousy Knows No Limit
  • 12. (11 November 2003): Male-Woman
  • 13. (18 November 2003): Pardoned by the President

Season 3 (Mondays, 10.00 p.m.)[edit]

  • 1. (25 October 2004): The Pulau Senang Trial
  • 2. (1 November 2004): Rich Man, Poor Man
  • 3. (8 November 2004): The Fiancée’s Father
  • 4. (15 November 2004): The Trial of Father Joachim Kang
  • 5. (22 November 2004): Killed by his Mother's Lover
  • 6. (29 November 2004): Death on Pulau Ubin
  • 7. (6 December 2004): Tooth Fragment
  • 8. (13 December 2004): Kidnapped and Killed
  • 9. (20 December 2004): Girl thrown to her Death
  • 10. (27 December 2004): Rage
  • 11. (3 January 2005): Fatal Step
  • 12. (10 January 2005): The Unsolved
  • 13. (17 January 2005): Killed by his Mother's Lover (encore telecast)

Season 4 (Sundays 10.00 p.m.)[edit]

  • 1. (2 Apr 2006): The Bukit Merah Maid Trial
  • 2. (9 Apr 2006): Serial Rapist
  • 3. (16 Apr 2006): Itch To Kill
  • 4. (23 Apr 2006): Baby Killer
  • 5. (30 Apr 2006): Bungled Burglary
  • 6. (7 May 2006): Headless Corpse
  • 7. (14 May 2006): Murder of the Caretaker
  • 8. (21 May 2006): Deaf Mute Dead
  • 9. (28 May 2006): The Transvestite
  • 10. (4 June 2006): Death in the Bath
  • 11. (11 June 2006): Fall Of Death
  • 12. (18 June 2006): Car Boot Murder
  • 13. (25 June 2006): Footballer Killed

Season 5 (Sundays, 10.00 p.m. (Monday for fifth episode))[edit]

  • 1. (7 January 2007): The Peeping Tom Trial
  • 2. (14 January 2007): Murder by Car
  • 3. (21 January 2007): Gun Siege
  • 4. (28 January 2007): Death at 13
  • 5. (5 February 2007): Strangled by Saree
  • 6. (11 February 2007): The Orchard Towers Double Murder
  • 7. (25 February 2007): Thai Pimp Killed
  • 8. (4 March 2007): The Shenton Way Shootout
  • 9. (11 March 2007): Morbid Jealousy
  • 10. (18 March 2007): Maid Killer

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