SCU: Serious Crash Unit

SCU: Serious Crash Unit is a New Zealand documentary series that airedon TV2. The show was cancelled after seven seasons.

SCU: Serious Crash Unit
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GenreFactual Television Series
Written bySharon Bennett, Peter Clews, Jenny Williams, Paul Hagan, Nicola Griffin
Directed bySharon Bennett, Peter Clews, Jenny Williams, Paul Hagan, Candace McNabb
Narrated byShane Cortese, Craig Hall
ComposerLiquid Studios
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes49
Production
Executive producerAndrea Lamb
ProducersPeter Clews, Jenny Williams
Production locationsAuckland, New Zealand
EditorsPhil Holt, Jon Kirk
Camera setupOPC, multi single-camera crews
Running time22 minutes (approx)
Production companyGreenstone TV Ltd - www.greenstonetv.com
DistributorTVNZ
Release
Original networkTV2, TV One (current)
Picture format576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release2 April 2004 (2004-04-02) –
26 May 2015 (2015-05-26)
Chronology
Related showsCrash Investigation Unit
External links
Production website

OverviewEdit

SCU: Serious Crash Unit follows a New Zealand Police-based Auckland Serious Crash Unit as they investigate crashes and examine the evidence found at the crash scene to find out what happened, and what caused the accident.

EpisodesEdit

Season 1Edit

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
11"Albany/Novotel"2003 (2003)
Two vehicles are destroyed in a fatal head-on accident on Albany Bridge.
22"Okura/Stanway"2003 (2003)
The SCU investigates a crashed four-wheel-drive.
33"Simpson Rd/Southern Motorway"2003 (2003)
Two West Auckland factory workers get into a crash on Simpson Road in Ranui.
44"Windy/Wellsford"2003 (2003)
A man loses control of his vehicle on his way to visit his children, and the SCU suspect his brakes may have been at fault.
55"Whangaparaoa/joe Dee"2003 (2003)
The SCU are called to two crashes on Whangaparaoa Road.
66"Bush/Dome"2003 (2003)
A young motorcyclist is killed in a collision with a truck.
77"Upper Harbour/titrangi"2003 (2003)
A bus veers out of control in Titirangi with fatalities.

Season 2Edit

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
81"Wainui Road"2005 (2005)
The police investigate the death of 27-year old Hamish MacDonald driving home from a night out with friends.
92"Golf Road"2005 (2005)
The police investigate a fatal crash that kills three people.
103"Lincoln/Newtown Road"2005 (2005)
The police investigate why a car ploughed through an intersection hitting another vehicle and critically injuring the driver, who is left in critical condition.
114"Kahikatea"2005 (2005)
The police investigate the death of a young man whose car has come off the road as he was heading home to a family emergency.
125"Oriel/Coatsville"2005 (2005)
The police investigate a crash where a car left the road and hit a tree.
136TBA2005 (2005)
...

Season 3Edit

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
141"Te Hana"2006 (2006)
152"Muriwai/Rua Rd"2006 (2006)
163TBA2006 (2006)
174TBA2006 (2006)
185TBA2006 (2006)
196TBA2006 (2006)
207TBA2006 (2006)

Season 4Edit

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
211TBA2008 (2008)
222TBA2008 (2008)
233TBA2008 (2008)
244TBA2008 (2008)
255TBA2008 (2008)
266TBA2008 (2008)
277TBA2008 (2008)
288TBA2008 (2008)

Season 5Edit

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
291"Mangatawhiri"6 June 2011 (2011-06-06)
The SCU investigate a crash where a truck driver is killed after he swerves to avoid crashing into a line of traffic on a busy state highway.
302"Wellsford"13 June 2011 (2011-06-13)
Two women are killed and three women are seriously injured after a multivehicle high speed crash south of Wellsford.
313"Pinewoods"20 June 2011 (2011-06-20)
The SCU investigate a serious crash where a rugby star is killed when he is thrown from a car as it plunges over a 25-metre cliff at a camping ground north of Auckland.
324"Hobsonville"27 June 2011 (2011-06-27)
The SCU investigate a fatal crash after a motorcyclist, who has just finished building his classic motorbike, is killed when he tries to avoid a car at an intersection.
335"Mill Road"4 July 2011 (2011-07-04)
The SCU investigate a crash where the mother of three young children is seriously injured when she swerves into the path of an oncoming truck.
346"Wily Road"11 July 2011 (2011-07-11)
A man is killed when his BMW fails to take a bend, rolling six times down a hill, leaving his partner and young daughter with moderate injuries.
357TBA2011 (2011)
...

Season 6Edit

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
361"Papakura"22 January 2013 (2013-01-22)
The SCU investigates a single vehicle crash at a major intersection after reports of road rage earlier in the evening.
372"Lincoln Road"2012 (2012)
...
383"Kingseat"19 February 2013 (2013-02-19)
The SCU investigate a fatality at an intersection that has been the site of many crashes.
394"Kaiaua"2012 (2012)
...
405TBA2012 (2012)
...
416TBA2012 (2012)
...
427TBA2012 (2012)
...

Season 7Edit

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
431"Kingseat"29 July 2014 (2014-07-29)
The SCU investigate a double fatality at an intersection.
442"Port Waikato"4 August 2014 (2014-08-04)
The SCU investigate a crash where an Australian tourist is killed while on a quad bike tour.
453"Birdwood"12 August 2014 (2014-08-12)
The SCU investigate a fatal crash after a motorcyclist is killed.
464"Maramarua"19 August 2014 (2014-08-19)
The SCU investigate a crash where an elderly woman is killed on a highway after colliding with a truck kilometres from home.
475TBA2014 (2014)
Two young women are killed and three are seriously injured after a multi-vehicle high speed crash south of Wellsford.
486TBA2014 (2014)
...
497TBA2014 (2014)
...

BroadcastingEdit

The following list is ordered by the date of the series premiere.

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Weekly Schedule Status
  New Zealand TV2 N/A All episodes aired
  Australia Channel Seven 17 March 2008 Monday 8:00pm All episodes aired

RatingsEdit

AustraliaEdit

In Australia, SCU: Serious Crash Unit was watched by 1.4 million viewers in its premiere episode, and received similar ratings in its second week.[1] In its premiere week in Australia, SCU: Serious Crash Unit was the third most watched program in the five mainland state capitals.[2]

The second series premiered Monday 8:00pm at 1.2 million viewers,[3] and ratings remained between 1.2 and 1.7 million viewers, following a strong lead in from Border Security: Australia's Front Line.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stay In Touch", Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved 14 December 2006
  2. ^ Five mainland state capitals include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
  3. ^ "The Tribal Mind", The Sun-Herald, retrieved 28 April 2008

External linksEdit