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BBC Scotland readies STV’s “The Force”

BBC Scotland is prepping for the launch of STV Productions’ landmark docuseries The Force: The Story of Scotland’s Police. The three-part event series will document the history of the Scottish police ...
November 24, 2017

BBC Scotland is prepping for the launch of STV Productions’ landmark docuseries The Force: The Story of Scotland’s Police.

The three-part event series will document the history of the Scottish police force from its origins more than 400 years ago when James VI of Scotland decreed every parish should have two constables. The series will also provide insight into the modern day development of policing in Scotland, which served as the first formal enforcement organization in the 1800s, and how far crime solving techniques have advanced.

Through archive, contemporary footage and first-person interviews from retired officers, The Force will spotlight policing practices past and present while revealing how roles have changed through the years.

The Force: The Story of Scotland’s Police premieres Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. on BBC1.

“This is a fascinating series which offers a real insight into the evolution of policing in Scotland over the years, and also traces the stories behind some of the country’s most notorious cases,” said David Harron, commissioning executive at BBC Scotland, in a statement. “With hugely powerful testimony from former officers it reveals how attitudes as well as techniques have changed and stands as a compelling piece of social history.”

 

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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