Documentary: 24 Hours In Police Custody
The last series of the documentary ended in June 2016
with more being planned to be screened in the near
View a trailer from the last series.
In 2014 Bedfordshire Police took the unprecedented move to allow
cameras into the force 24/7 to film a fly-on-the-wall documentary
capturing some of the issues faced by police officers today.
The force welcomed the makers of ‘24 Hours in A&E’
and ‘One Born Every Minute’, Garden Productions to the
force, allowing them to install 80 fixed-rig cameras into areas
of Bedfordshire Police filming policing in action 24/7 over a
six week period.
The decision to welcome the cameras was based largely on having
confidence in the ‘Team Bedfordshire’ workforce,
confidence in the production company and confidence in the benefits
The Force Executive, supported by the Police and Crime
Commissioner, all strongly believe in the importance of giving the
public an opportunity to see the reality of police work today. It
is a complex business, staffed by extremely hard working dedicated
individuals who are committed to helping people and making the
communities they police a safer place.
The production company captured enough footage to produce 20
episodes, which broadcast on Channel 4 over a five-series run
throughout 2014/15. Each programme has attracted in the region of
2 million viewers per episode.
TV Critics have praised the programme and the force has been
inundated with positive comments from members of the public as well
as receiving praise from fellow policing colleagues across the
Alisa Pomeroy, Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for
Documentaries, said: "With its dramatic
investigations and unprecedented access to police interview rooms,
24 Hours in Police Custody gave us real-life police drama that
captured the public’s attention. These new films tell the story of
some of the most pressing issues affecting Britain today and we’re
thrilled to be bringing this important series back."
Simon Ford from The Garden said: “We've always
known that the public have a huge appetite for watching crime
stories on television, but as we filmed this series we realised we
were in the privileged position of watching real life crimes, every
bit as powerful as drama playing out in front of our eyes. It is
this, which makes this series of films so powerful and so
‘Compelling’ - Guardian
‘Excellent’ - The Sun TV
‘Still the best cop show on
television’ - The Times
Read our Blogs
View our blogs from the series here.
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