What to Watch Saturday: Lifetime movie based on true story of ‘Jailbreak Lovers’

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Durham Under Fire (1 p.m., WRAZ/Fox 50) - The rebroadcast of the WRAL documentary, which premiered earlier this week, happens today on sister station Fox 50 (and Sunday at 6 p.m. on WILM in Wilmington). The documentary investigates how Durham officials are dealing the issue of gun violence. WRAL filmmakers were “given exclusive access to the Durham Police Department to see first-hand how officers are fighting the rampant and complex problem. They spent time with families decimated by gun violence, talked to advocates trying to tackle the root causes of this issue and pushed city leaders for answers.” You can also watch online.

Jailbreak Lovers (8 p.m., Lifetime) - Lifetime’s latest “ripped-from-the-headlines” movie is based on the true story of a woman who shook off her “play by the rules” personality to break her boyfriend out of prison. Catherine Bell plays Toby Dorr (formerly Toby Young), a married, church-going woman who started a non-profit to rehabilitate abused rescue dogs through a program at Kansas’ Lansing Correctional Facility. But Toby fell in love with John Manard, played by Tom Stevens, a convicted murderer 20 years her junior. The lovers hatched a plan to smuggle him out of prison in a dog crate, which they did, and the two went on the run, sparking a national manhunt. The incredible story has been featured on “Dateline” and on several other true-crime shows.

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