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At his 2012 trial, Fraser lodged a special defence of incrimination, blaming Dick for the murder if it did take place, a defence rejected by the jury.
Scottish court chiefs only gave permission for The Murder Trial after three years of negotiation.
It finally got the green light after Lord Bracadale – the judge in the case – gave his consent.
The real-life courtroom drama includes tense footage of defence and prosecution lawyers battling to win over the jury.
There are heartbreaking scenes of prosecution QC Alex Prentice questioning Arlene’s mum Isabelle about her daughter.
She tells the court: “I didn’t expect it of her but she turned out to be a very good mother, very loving.”
Defence QC John Scott is seen cross-examining Dick and accuses him of being a liar. At one point, he tells the jury: “If he came in soaking wet and said it was raining, you would have to put your hand outside the window.”
Dick was a key witness at the retrial which saw Fraser convicted a second time. He was also a central part of Fraser’s defence, with the murderer trying to blame him for the crime.
In 2003, Dick was accused with Fraser – and a third man Glenn Lucas who has since died – of conspiring to murder Arlene.
But he sensationally walked free along with Lucas after agreeing to turn on Fraser and give evidence for the prosecution.
In the documentary, Dick denies having anything to do with Arlene’s death and accuses
prosecutors of trying to paint him “blacker than black”
Mum-of-two Arlene was 33 when she vanished from her home in Elgin, Moray, in 1998. She had been trying to begin a new life but Fraser wanted her dead after she told him their marriage was over.
He was seething with jealousy because he suspected she might have a lover.
And fearing his wife would also take half his fortune, he paid a hitman £15,000 to kill her.
Just five weeks before Arlene disappeared, Fraser throttled her for coming back late – an attack for which he was sentenced to 18 months.
In the documentary, Fraser holds his head in his hands and shakes as the conviction is read out.
Arlene doted on Natalie and son Jamie. After she vanished Jamie, then seven, left a heartbreaking scrawled note on her doorstep that is shown in tonight’s film. It read: “Mother, where are U!”
The documentary is likely to spark a debate about how much access television cameras should be given to courts.
The Murder Trial’s Bafta-winning director Nick Holt said: “There is nothing to hide, nothing shameful going on. The process of filming demystifies the legal process.”
The documentary used six remote-controlled cameras to capture the unfolding drama in court.
Nat was sent to prison for 25 years after the 2003 trial. He challenged the verdict and his
convcition was quashed in 2011.
In April 2012, he was sent back to the High Court in Edinburgh for a fresh trial – which was filmed for the show – and again found guilty.
Fraser’s latest appeal against his conviction will be heard in September.