Doubt: The Scott Watson Case

0221 KEY SHOT Scott Watson sailing Blade wide shot in Picton Sounds

Doubt: The Scott Watson Case is a 90 minute docudrama produced by ProductionShed.TV for TVNZ, with funding from NZ On Air’s Platinum Fund. It is now available to view on TVNZ On Demand!

0959 KEY SHOT Ben and Olivia embrace


In the early hours of New Year’s Day 1998, Olivia Hope and Ben Smart boarded a yacht with a man, and were never seen again. The case enthralled the nation, and 18 months later Picton man Scott Watson was convicted of their murders. Watson has always maintained his innocence.

Presented by legal expert Dr. Chris Gallavin, Doubt: The Scott Watson Case re-examines the case from a fresh perspective. Going back to the night of New Year’s Eve, 1997, the feature presents interviews with family members and key witnesses – some who have never spoken publicly before – as well as archival footage, and never-before-seen courtroom footage to ask the important question: 18 years after Watson was found guilty, are the evidential threads still strong enough to support a safe and fair conviction?

6250 KEY SHOT Chris Gallavin presenting at Seaview Marina

Doubt: The Scott Watson Case screened on Sunday, 2nd of October, 2016 8:30pm on TVOne.