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Traffic Cops is a British documentary series broadcast on Channel 5 (and formerly on BBC One) which follows Road Policing Units from various UK police forces. It has consistently been one of the most watched factual series on UK television.
Current Traffic Cops title card
|Genre||Motoring / Police|
|Directed by||Bruce Lippold|
|Narrated by||Jamie Theakston (2003 – 2015 and 2016 – present)
Steven Mackintosh (2016)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||16|
|No. of episodes||101 (as of 19 December 2016) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One (2003 – 2015)
BBC Three (2016)
Channel 5 (2016–present)
|Original release||18 March 2003– present|
|Related shows||Motorway Cops|
Traffic Cops, along with its spin-off series Motorway Cops, are produced by Folio Productions, a subsidiary of Mentorn Media. Both shows were broadcast on the BBC until 2016. Between 2003 and 2015, Jamie Theakston narrated the programme. On 28 June 2016, Mentorn Media announced that the show had been recomissioned by Channel 5, and would mark a return of Jamie Theakston with an "expanded on-screen role". [dead link]
The show follows the day-to-day role of a traffic officer and the incidents they come across. The majority of filming takes place at the scene of incidents, with occasional cuts to police stations and interview rooms. Locations include Yorkshire, Hampshire, Cheshire, Humberside, South Wales, and Bedfordshire.
The current series follows Officers from the Roads Policing Group and Road Crime Team from North Yorkshire Police, as well as the Roads Policing Unit from West Yorkshire Police. Previous series have followed the Yorkshire & The Humber Regional Roads Crime Team, West Yorkshire Police, Cheshire Constabulary, Hampshire Constabulary, Humberside Police, South Wales Police, South Yorkshire Police, Sussex Police, Bedfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary.
Perhaps the most notable episode of the show featured footage of the May 2008 double suicide attempt of Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, which occurred on the M6 motorway in front of a production team as they accompanied officers to the scene.