BBC1 goes inside “The Met”

UK terrestrial BBC1 has gained access to the UK's Metropolitan Police Services for a six-part observational documentary series, entitled The Met.
October 23, 2013

UK terrestrial BBC1 has gained access to the UK’s Metropolitan Police Services for a six-part observational documentary series, entitled The Met.

The 6 x 60-minutes primetime series, produced in-house, will go behind the scenes of Britain’s largest police force, showing how London is policed on a day-to-day basis, with all of the challenges and complexities of dealing with crime.

Filming has begun on The Met, which will follow the first day of new recruits, management board meetings, borough officers and specialized crime units. The series was commissioned by BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore, who took part in the series development in her prior role; and Emma Willis, head of commissioning for documentaries for BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.

It will be executive produced by Aysha Rafaele, the BBC’s head of documentaries.

“This will be the first ever definitive portrait of the Met,” said Moore. “We have been granted extraordinary, unprecedented access to film from top to bottom of the organization to show the public the work of the Met in a way never seen before.”

London police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe added: “We are used to, and indeed welcome, media interest in policing, but up until now we have only ever been able to show part of our work at a time.

“That’s sometimes frustrating, because I know there is a great deal of fantastic work, innovation and determination out there which the public should know more about.”

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