C4 brings “24 Hours” format to police station

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped The Garden Productions to take its 24 Hours in A&E (pictured) approach to a busy police station, in 24 Hours in Custody.
January 7, 2014

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped The Garden Productions to bring its 24 Hours in A&E (pictured) approach to a busy police station, in 24 Hours in Custody. 

The 20 x 60-minute observational documentary series is to be set inside Luton Police Station, in a town north of London.

Commissioned by Channel 4 head of documentaries Nick Mirsky, the primetime series will see fixed-rig and handheld cameras capturing the day-to-day work of the police station’s staff.

The Garden will go into production on the series next month, with Simon Ford, Emma Tutty and Jonathan Smith serving as executive producers, Alisa Pomeroy on board as series director, and Flavia Taylor serving as series producer.

On the pubcaster’s side, C4′s documentaries commissioning editor Amy Flanagan will manage the series.

“The combination of filming techniques and unprecedented access will provide a unique perspective on policing in modern Britain – allowing viewers inside into a space they are likely to have never seen before: A 21-cell block with seven interview rooms handling an average of 30 prisoners per 12-hour shift, with two custody sergeants in charge at any one time,” said Mirsky. “The series is also focusing on other vital aspects of policing including response, CID and investigation, and visitors to the Enquiry Office.”

“Prisoners must usually be released or charged within 24 hours of custody being authorized and the station operates on a 24-hour cycle, so the 24 hours format established by 24 Hours in A&E – and which achieved major critical acclaim – is a perfect fit for this series,” he added.

“We chose Luton because of the incredibly tight-knit working relationships and camaraderie which exists between the officers and because Luton is a small town station that now faces big city problems,” added Ford. “Everything comes through the door, from repeat small time offenders to stabbings, murder and terrorism issues.”

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