ITV orders new show from The X Factor's Simon Cowell - and it's a CRIME DOCUMENTARY

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ITV has just commissioned a new show from The X Factor boss Simon Cowell's company Syco - but it's not another TV talent contest.

Nope - Simon's latest venture is a four-part crime documentary in the style of the smash hit Netflix show Making A Murderer.

We didn't see that one coming!

Described as "explosive" and "ground-breaking", 'The Investigator: A British Crime Story' aims to demonstrate how "real life crime can be far more compelling than fiction".

It will see former police officer turned award-winning journalist Mark Williams-Thomas re-examine the previously closed case of the murder of Carole Packman, whose body has never been found.

Williams-Thomas, who interviewed Oscar Pistorius for an ITV special earlier this month, is best known for exposing the sexual crimes of Jimmy Savile.

The show, a blend of "stylised drama" and "compelling documentary", is a co-production between Syco and ITV Studios firm Shiver. It will air on ITV next month.

While Simon's move in to crime drama is a complete departure from the shiny-floor entertainment formats he's used to making, he is known to keep his beady eyes on the latest telly hits.

In 2013, he launched Food Glorious Food, which was widely seen as a rip-off of the BBC's wildly popular The Great British Bake Off.

However, it was axed after one series after dismal ratings of around 3million viewers - so we're sure Simon has his fingers crossed that his take on Making A Murderer won't suffer a similar fate.

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