On Thursday 9th November, Susanna Reid will present a documentary investigating the murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts, a case that rocked the nation back in 2015.
The Good Morning Britain presenter is fronting the programme, The Murder Of Becky Watts: Police Tapes, which will take a look back at the horrific events of the murder case, with unprecedented access to the murderers movements, and the detectives expertise in uncovering the crime.
But while Susanna regularly deals with hard-hitting issues such as war and politics in her day job, she admitted that filming this documentary left her “crumbling”, given the horrendous details of Becky’s murder.
Speaking to The Sun’s TV magazine, she admitted, “As a journalist, you deal with a lot of horror, so you develop a certain armour to switch your emotions off. But there are times when that armour just crumbles.”
And even for the seasoned professional, the sheer horror of the events left her desparate to cuddle her own children.
Susanna is mum to three sons, Sam, 15, Finn, 13, and Jack, 12, who she had with her ex-husband Dominic Cotton.
“It does make you go home and hug your own kids that bit tighter at night because you see the true devastation of what some parents experience.
“I am very grateful that I have my kids, and those simple pleasures like cooking with them or just hanging out become much more important with that in mind.”
During the documentary, Susanna visited the Bristol home where Becky was murdered to speak to her dad, Darren, and step-mum Anjie.
(Darren and Anjie)
Discussing the emotional toll the visit took on her, Susanna confessed, “In those moments, you are no longer a journalist, you are someone who knows what it would be like.
“Your heart and soul just goes out to them. Afterwards, you realise you have been much more affected by it than you thought.”
But Susanna also shared that she’s keen not to bring the emotion of the job home to her sons, confessing that she has to make a point to leave work at the door.
The GMB host said, “Obviously I don’t want my children to bear the responsibilities of my job, so you have to leave it at the door because you’d be a wreck, but sometimes I wonder where [the darker things] lodge in your brain.”
Becky’s body was eventually discovered in a shed near to the home of Anjie’s son, Nathan Matthews who, alongside his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, was later convicted of the crime. It was later revealed that the pair had suffocated Becky, and later dismembered her body in a bathtub.
With this new documentary, Susanna shared how she hopes the story will help people realise how “vital” it is for killers to be caught.
“Hearing from a devastated family which has lost a young girl to such a shocking crime brings home how vital it is for killers to be brought to justice.”
The Murder Of Becky Watts: Police Tapes will air on Thursday 9th November on ITV at 9pm.