BBC3 signs up Maverick Television’s “Bizarre Crime”

Maverick Television is expanding on its observational docuseries Bizarre E.R. with an eight-part follow-up series, Bizarre Crime, produced for UK diginet BBC3.
November 28, 2011

Maverick Television is expanding on its observational docuseries Bizarre E.R. with an eight-part follow-up series, Bizarre Crime, produced for UK diginet BBC3.

Bizarre Crime will feature Britain’s strangest and stupidest criminals, including the man who got stuck in a chimney naked, an attempt to dodge a speeding fine that resulted in a round trip to Bulgaria, and an attempt to rob a CCTV shop.

Maverick will tell the stories of three of the UK’s most bizarre criminal cases through interviews and reconstructions, and features segments that includes a criminal countdown, where the most bizarre criminal anecdotes from around the world are featured; an “As Seen on CCTV” portion; and police confessionals segments, where real cops share the strangest stories they’ve witnessed.

Series producer Lee McMurray said: “We’re looking forward to transferring the Bizarre E.R. trademark – wit, fun and mischief – into a new format that, as well as looking at some truly bizarre criminal escapades, also celebrates the hard work and achievements of the British police.”

Executive producer Mark Downie added: “Whilst it’s lighthearted and entertaining, Bizarre Crime performs a useful, if mischievous, public service by giving the victims of crime the last laugh, shamelessly celebrating the comeuppance of Britain’s most inept, incompetent and downright daft criminals.’

The eight-part series was commissioned by Harry Lansdown, commissioning editor factual, formats and specialist factual at BBC3.

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