Rave reviews for police fly on the wall documentary

A scene from Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in Police Custody
A scene from Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in Police Custody

A fly-on-the-wall documentary filmed at Luton Police Station has received rave reviews in the national press – in spite of a furore about one officer describing a shooting victim’s fiancee as “a bit of skirt.”

The 20-part series – 24 Hours in Police Custody – aired on Channel 4 on Monday night.

The Independent said: “This trip to Luton nick is eyeballs-glued-to-the-screen fascinating” while Catherine Gee in The Daily Telegraph opined: “You can watch all the TV cop dramas you like, but very few will get under your skin as successfuly as this new series.”

The Guardian’s Sam Wollaston wrote: “24 hours in Police Custody is even better than 24 Hours in A&E – but the cop shop version has the extra irresistable allure of crime.”

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins told the Luton News he was “very impressed” with the first episode.

He said: “It gives people an authentic view of the work Bedfordshire Police do on their behalf.

“It’s something I’ve wanted ever since I was elected.

“The cameras caught a bit of the vernacular, but it was part of the interview strategy. The values that come through are really good.”

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