Pièces à Conviction

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Pieces à Conviction
Created by Olivier D Angely
Developed by Olivier D Angely
Starring Elise Lucet
Laurent Richard
Narrated by Laurent Richard
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
Executive producer(s) Elise Lucet,
Herve Brusini
Camera setup multiple-camera setup
Running time 65 minutes
Original network France 3
Audio format Surround sound
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Pièces à Conviction (French for "incriminating evidence") is a monthly French investigative journalism TV program that airs on France 3. Elise Lucet has hosted the program since 2000.

In Depth News Show

According to European Journalism Centre, the program is an "in depth news show", containing "in depth reporting of actual themes focusing on social injustices".[1]

Pieces a Conviction airs once per month, on Friday evenings. According to its website,[2] the program draws over 1 million viewers. Pieces a Conviction is produced by Elise Lucet and Herve Brusini.

Each month, a topic, a subject is factually examined, under all facets. Each story delivers the fruit of the investigations, tells the methodology of research, , and new elements, thanks to the reports and of the interviews carried out by Elise Lucet with the personality-key, the forgotten witnesses, experts or persons in charge concerned.[2]

Conference on Investigative Journalism

Several members of the production crew of Pièces à Conviction were to appear at the October 2006 conference on investigative journalism in Paris at Sciences Po sponsored by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. The promotional publication read:

If you want the ability to probe into people's hidden backgrounds, find corrupt deals within the European Union, uncover criminal and terrorist networks, expose human-rights abuses, or find breaking news information in corporate documents, you will find invaluable skills in this workshop.[3]

The special seminar led by the Pièces à Conviction representatives was entitled:
Investigative Reporting for Broadcasting

How to create investigative projects on television. How to shoot footage and record audio without being noticed. When is it acceptable for journalists to use hidden cameras? Can people conceal their identity on screen? The team of France 3's Television's investigative program Pièces à Conviction will discuss these issues and show some of their coverage, as examples of how to deal with these questions.
By, Pascal Richard, chief editor, Lionel de Coninck, deputy chief editor, Laurent Richard, reporter from Pièces à Conviction, an investigative program on France 3 Television.[3]

International Recognition

Pieces a Conviction has received international praise from the following investigative journalism programs:


  • 2003 - Prize - "le prix de la meilleure émission d’information de l’année", for its investigation into the Frigates of Taiwan
  • 2005 - International Festival of Grand Reporting Factuality - FIGRA "le Festival international du grand reportage d’actualité", awarded the prize for the program's investigation of Patrice Alegre, convicted killer
  • 2006 - Dauphine-Henri Tézenas of Montcel Prize
  • 2006 - Albert Londres Prize


  1. French Media Landscape, European Journalism Centre, author Pieter van den Blink, subsection: Television, France 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pieces a Conviction, homepage
  3. 3.0 3.1 October 2006 conference pdf[dead link]

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