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Rumpus Media has been commissioned by BBC Two to produce a brand new series called The Misinvestigations of Romesh Ranganathan, it was announced today.

Romesh will aim his razor-sharp wit at a new genre, true crime, and get to the bottom of some of the most mysterious high profile deaths that shocked a generation.

He will be diving headlong into the lives and deaths of some of the biggest names of the past fifty years, including Jimi Hendrix and Tupac Shakur, and finding out not just how they came to pass away at such a young age, but learning about their extraordinary achievements, their enduring legacies, and why their deaths continue to fascinate us.

With the aid of a new assistant in each episode, from criminal psychologists to private detectives – Romesh will leave no stone unturned, meeting friends, colleagues, key witnesses and pathologists – in his attempt to unravel the riddle.

Romesh said: ;We wanted a spin off for Misadventures and after we discussed Misinterpretations, Miscalculations and Misunderstandings we finally settled on Misinvestigations. It’s been really interesting to look into these high-profile deaths and I am very excited for people to see the show, unless of course people don’t like it in which case I will release a statement explaining how I never really believed in the project.’

Morgan Roberts, Head of Factual Entertainment, Rumpus Media, said: ‘Romesh has proved to be a brilliant guide as he’s taken us around the world on his Misadventures. In this new series he is training his curiosity, wit and sub-optimal investigation skills on extraordinary moments in pop culture as he looks at the life and untimely deaths of some of its greatest icons; exploring not only what happened to them but also why they remain so debated to this day.’

Part investigation, part biography, The Misinvestigations of Romesh Ranganathan is a Rumpus Media production for BBC Two. The Executive Producers are Emily Hudd and Morgan Roberts. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment and Max Gogarty, Commissioning Editor. The series will air in 2021.