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Channel 4 orders celebrity crime fighting series from Blast! Films

Five British celebs will take to the streets with Cambridgeshire’s finest in Channel 4′s Famous and Fighting Crime. As previously announced, the tentatively titled series sees the familiar rookies out of their ...
September 20, 2018

Five British celebs will take to the streets with Cambridgeshire’s finest in Channel 4′s Famous and Fighting Crime.

As previously announced, the tentatively titled series sees the familiar rookies out of their element as they ride along with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, responding to real emergency calls and working to keep the peace in every facet of the job.

Along for the ride are TV presenter Katie Piper, Loose Women panelist Penny Lancaster, Made in Chelsea‘s Jamie Laing, Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle and comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

The stars join not only warranted officers, but a group of 12,000 volunteer officers enlisted in response to budget cuts across the UK. These ‘Special Constables’ have all the powers of warranted officers but work in their spare time, often alongside other careers and personal lives.

The 4 x 60-minute series was commissioned by Channel 4′s formats commissioning editor Lee McMurray and head of formats Dominic Bird. It is produced by Blast! Films, with executive producers Edmund Coulthard and Dermot Caulfield. Claire McFall will serve as series producer.

“As police budgets go down, and the pressures on police forces go up, our celebrities are joining the thousands of volunteers risking everything on the front line of policing today,” said Coulthard, in a statement. “It’s certain to be a life changing experience — no one can predict the criminals or the crimes they’ll encounter.”

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the valuable work of the Special Constabulary and give viewers a chance to see some of the excellent work our officers do day in and day out, but which often remains hidden,” added Dan Vajzovic, Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s assistant chief constable.

“The series promises to be entertaining and impactful, offering the viewer a unique view of the role volunteers play in policing their own communities, and I hope it will inspire many others to volunteer for their police force.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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