Just because I've got blonde hair and haven't been to Bosnia doesn't mean I'm a bimbo. I am still a serious journalist
Jill Dando was a much-loved face on British TV. Her death was met with shock and disbelief, when news broke that she'd been shot by an unknown killer.
Jill was an award-winning journalist and TV personality familiar to millions of people as the co-presenter of Crimewatch. Posed in a leather jumpsuit in front of a vintage car, Jill, who’d also read the news and presented travel show Holiday, was the cover star of the Radio Times on the week that she was killed.
Named BBC Personality of the Year in 1997, Jill, who was engaged to be married, was loved by the public and her colleagues alike.
Shocked by news of her death, her Crimewatch co-presenter Nick Ross said: “People say treacly things in these situations, but the truth is that everybody got on with Jill.
“She was just a generous, open, friendly person – there was no side to her at all. She was charming to everyone, everything you could wish for in a colleague or a friend.”
Although Jill’s murder is still unsolved, her legacy continues. In 2001, University College London founded The Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, the first educational establishment of its kind devoted to the study of crime science.