The Assassination

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The award-winning inside story. An investigation into the death of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Includes interviews with those accused of her murder.

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Episode 1: Return of the Queen

17:28 | Dec 27th, 2017

"Her days were numbered." Introducing Benazir Bhutto and the story of her final journey home. Eight years of self-imposed exile ended when she returned to Pakistan to campaign for high office. Pakistani politics have long been lethal and Bhutto was i...Show More

Episode 8: The Assassin’s Journey

28:48 | Feb 14th, 2018

The nasty, brutish and short life of Benazir’s killer - confidential police files reveal investigators weren’t interested. With Owen Bennett-Jones.

Episode 2: Family Matters

31:55 | Jan 3rd, 2018

An execution, a wedding and exile. Benazir Bhutto becomes the Muslim world's first female prime minister. The story of the Bhutto dynasty, the allegations of corruption against them and the growing power of their enemies. With Owen Bennett Jones.

Episode 10: Dead Ends

39:35 | Feb 28th, 2018

“I laugh at it.” The accused speaks in the series finale. With Owen Bennett-Jones.

Episode 9: The Other Dead

28:53 | Feb 21st, 2018

A trail of bodies leads deeper into the conspiracy. “Someone doesn’t want us to connect the dots.” With Owen Bennett-Jones.

Episode 7: The Funeral

31:59 | Feb 7th, 2018

Benazir speaks from the grave to lay blame for her murder. Riots mar the burial as the struggle to control the investigation begins. And her handwritten will reveals an unexpected successor. With Owen Bennett-Jones.

Episode 6: The Murder

21:12 | Jan 31st, 2018

A final warning and the final day. “I felt there was a fire. Then, there was a blast”. An emotional and forensic account of Benazir’s last hours. With Owen Bennett-Jones.

Episode 5: Near Misses

22:22 | Jan 24th, 2018

"Suicide bombers got through the security check. What should we do?" Plots, house arrest, appeals for help; time is running out for Benazir Bhutto. Including contributions from her close friend, Victoria Schofield and reporter Ron Suskind. With Owen...Show More

Episode 4: The Karachi Files

34:57 | Jan 17th, 2018

Secret reports, an arrest and “hidden hands” – why the official investigation into the Karachi attack on Benazir Bhutto failed. Owen Bennett-Jones gives a deep dive on Pakistan’s deep state as the saga of Benazir’s death continues. Includes interview...Show More

Episode 3: The Call

12:34 | Jan 10th, 2018

“He warned me not to come back”. Benazir’s attempt to ensure a safe return to Pakistan ends in fear, triggered by a disputed telephone conversation with Pakistan’s military ruler. With contributions from three people close to Benazir: the former Paki...Show More

Benazir Bhutto: The Prologue

02:47 | Dec 18th, 2017

She was assassinated 10 years ago but no-one has been convicted of Benazir Bhutto's murder. Why? Her family is to Pakistan what the Kennedys are to the US. Owen Bennett Jones investigates. Episode 1 is out on 27 December.