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Tuesday 28 March 2023

Kidnapped: The Angel Lynn Story

Channel 4 commissions Kidnapped: The Angel Lynn Story from Wonderhood Studios

Wonderhood Studios has been tasked by Channel 4 to create a documentary film that chronicles the life of Angel Lynn, a young woman whose attempt to flee from an abusive relationship resulted in severe, life-changing injuries.

The documentary aims to amplify the voices of victims of coercive control and employs a range of media, including text messages, social media posts, photos, and phone conversations between Angel and her abusive partner, to expose how a caring daughter was ensnared in an abusive relationship that nearly cost her life after being abducted.

Dubbed "Kidnapped: The Angel Lynn Story" (working title), the film features exclusive interviews with Angel's parents, Nikki and Paddy, as well as other family members and close friends from school and work. The documentary tracks Angel's recuperation and gradual healing process from the severe injuries she sustained after falling from a van at a high speed. Angel's family remains hopeful that she will regain her memory and recall the events that led up to her injuries.

Angel Lynn was a hard-working 18-year-old college student from Loughborough with ambitions to become a forensic scientist. She was a bubbly, adventurous daughter, close to her parents, and had always shared what was going on in her life with her family and friends. However, her life changed forever when she started a relationship with Chay Bowskill; it soon started to become increasingly coercive, controlling, as well as mentally abusive. At one point, Bowskill was sent to prison during their relationship, where Angel remained in contact with him by phone. When he was released, their relationship continued and the texts, which Angel showed to her friends, became ever more abusive, threatening, and constant, and she began to withdraw from those closest to her.

Eventually, after she claimed that Bowskill had injured her by violently throwing her against a wall, Angel took the brave decision to leave him. What happened next is unclear, but Bowskill subsequently bundled her into a van driven by a friend, and Angel fell out of it while it was travelling at approximately 60mph. They drove off leaving her in the middle of the road.

Despite doctors telling Nikki and Paddy that she would likely not survive, Angel's condition improved from a coma, and she has since then been making a slow recovery, including recently taking some small steps, but she still remains unable to communicate to the police or her family what actually happened to her. Bowskill denied that he was responsible, or that he had been abusive and controlling, and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison, later increased to 12, for engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour, kidnapping and perverting the course of justice.

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