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BBC Studios to raid Channel 5 with “The Bust”

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, to produce a multi-access crime series set to explore the frontline of Britain’s biggest crime ...
July 3, 2019

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, to produce a multi-access crime series set to explore the frontline of Britain’s biggest crime raids.

The Bust (4 x 60 minutes; working title) will provide viewers with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the illicit world of fraudsters and career criminals, and the teams who bring them to justice.

From hard core finds like drugs, guns and modern-day slaves to knock-off smart phones, The Bust will provide access to a variety of police forces, law enforcement agencies and local authorities across the UK as they meticulously plan and gather intelligence on the impending raids that occur daily.

“This series not only reveals the heart stopping moments when specialist enforcement teams strike but also the painstaking and fascinating work that goes into gathering the critical evidence needed to take such drastic action,” said Joe Mather in a statement.

The series will be produced by BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions in Cardiff, with Joe Mather serving as executive producer. It was commissioned for Channel 5 by Adrian Padmore.

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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