Channel 5 is reviving legendary crime fighting show Police 5 with original host Shaw Taylor joining newcomers Joe Crowley and with Kate McIntyre.
Crowley and McIntyre will accompany the police as they go on raids and talk to the ‘DIY’ detectives and the have-a-go heroes who fought back to bring about justice.
In addition, hidden camera stunts will see ‘real’ crimes being committed by the presenters, then revealed to the ‘victims’ in order to help them avoid getting caught out in the future.
Veteran TV crime fighter Shaw Taylor will return to ask viewers to “keep ’em peeled” with his own section of the programme, in which he’ll set out to reunite theft victims with what’s rightfully theirs.
Taylor presented the original series from 1962 until its axing in 1992. He also presented a Doctor Who themed edition in which he asked viewers for help in tracking down The Master, and appeared as himself hosting Police 5 in the seventh episode of BBC one’s Ashes to Ashes.
Channel 5 Commissioning Executive, Jason Wells said: “Police 5 is a show completely relevant to Channel 5 viewers; it takes a vigilant look at how the man on the street can avoid being a victim of crime. We’re also delighted to welcome a felony fighter like Shaw Taylor to the channel.”
Police 5 is made in conjunction with the support of Crimestoppers, the only independent UK crime-fighting registered charity who operate the anonymous 0800 555 111 number for people to pass on information about crime.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, the Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, said: “I am delighted that Crimestoppers will be heavily involved in this exciting new project. I am certain it will provide another effective weapon in our mission to prevent and solve crimes.
“Crimestoppers is constantly on the look-out for new ways to enable us to support law enforcement in arresting and convicting criminals, and to raise people’s awareness of crime. By working with Police 5 and Channel 5, we can make our communities safer.”