Who doesn’t love the thrill of the chase? Reality TV means we can now, more than ever before, get a real insight into our emergency services including our numerous police forces up and down the country. And with plenty to choose from, we’ve decided to share our Top 5 Police TV shows.
Police Camera Action
This show was first broadcast in 1994 and repeats are shown on ITV4. If you can excuse the retro dashboard cams (best they had back in the day!) and the cheesy commentary Police Camera Action is an entertaining watch. Filmed more like news reports compared to the point of view of the officers which we’re used to, it is charming and dramatic and massively nostalgic.
It is essential to go across the pond to one of the shows that started it all, Cops. Beginning in 1989 and still airing, Cops follows officers from different states as they tackle the big crime issues in their area. This show is so varied (and there are loads of episodes on repeat on CBS Reality) that you will never get enough of the excitement, the drama and the sincerity of the boys in blue.
A Monday night favourite on BBC1, Traffic Cops has been upping the game in police shows since 2003. Merging the serious stories with more light hearted features, Traffic Cops achieves a balance of entertainment that is spot on.
24 Hours in Police Custody
A relative newbie in comparison to some of our other shows, but it is brilliant nonetheless! From the makers of 24 Hours in A&E (another Channel 4 favourite) 24 Hours in Police Custody aims to provide a similar candid insight but into lives of the officers serving in the Bedfordshire police. This show is particularly interesting as viewers are invited into several aspects of the job, from managing overnight prisoners, to interviewing suspects and being out on the beat.
Modern and packing a punch, Police Interceptors has been a staple on Channel 5 since 2008. Focussing on capturing suspected criminals, this show is bold and confident and using a combination of dashboard cams, CCTV and camera crews to capture the action. Successfully mixing humour and seriousness (as well as many interesting statistics!) this show stands out in our top 5.
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