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UKTV’s Dave heads to Gibraltar for “Cops on The Rock”

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has linked with London factual indie Rare TV on the observational docuseries Cops on The Rock for its male-skewing entertainment channel, Dave. The 10 x 60-minute series will provide exclusive ...
September 14, 2020

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has linked with London factual indie Rare TV on the observational docuseries Cops on The Rock for its male-skewing entertainment channel, Dave.

The 10 x 60-minute series will provide exclusive access into all units within the Royal Gibraltar Police, from patrolling the coastline via the Marine Unit and the Border Force to the enforcement officials keeping the small enclave safe.

The docuseries will follow the Royal Gibraltar Police as they provide an array of specialized services, including investigations into murders, burglary and fraud; patrolling Gibraltar’s waters, airport, and land border with Spain; and the preservation of security against a growing threat of terrorism.

Cops on The Rock, which marks Rare TV’s first commission from UKTV, has begun filming and will adhere to all COVID-19 procedures and regulations.

Rare TV’s Emma Barker, Rory Wheeler and David Gilbert serve as executive producers on the series alongside UKTV’s senior commissioning editor Helen Nightingale, who commissioned the series for the network. Dave channel director Luke Hales ordered the program.

Cops on The Rock is expected to premiere across Dave next year. 

“Rare TV is taking us on a fascinating journey with Gibraltar’s Royal Police Force as it works tirelessly to apprehend drug smugglers crossing the Straits of Gibraltar, intercept oil tankers flouting international law, deal with juvenile crime, and prevent potentially deadly terrorist attacks,” Nightingale said in a statement. “It’s a compelling watch and shines a light on a little-known area of the British police force.”

“This is prime time access to a force whose jurisdiction covers both national and international policing,” added Rare TV’s creative director Rory Wheeler.

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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