London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) – the UK’s largest police force, which also has national responsibilities for counter terrorism – is to be the subject of a new documentary series for BBC One.
The Met is a six episode observational documentary series about the MPS, closely examining the challenges of protecting Londoners and fighting 21st century crime, for which the BBC has secured hitherto unprecedented access to all levels of the service, from officers patrolling the streets right on up to Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. The series was nurtured through development by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore in her previous role as Commissioning Editor for Documentaries. The Met was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore & Emma Willis, BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four’s Head of Commissioning for Documentaries and is being produced by BBC Documentaries. The executive producer is Aysha Rafaele, Head of Documentaries for the BBC.
“This will be the first ever definitive portrait of the Met. We have been granted extraordinary, unprecedented access to film from top to bottom of the organisation to show the public the work of the Met in a way never seen before”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore. “Ambitious documentary series like this are at the heart of BBC One’s remit – The Met will provide an uncompromising look at one of this country’s most vital services and the many challenges they face in a fast changing Britain.”
“I’m delighted that we will be working with the BBC on such an important project. We are used to, and indeed welcome, media interest in policing, but up until now we have only ever been able to show part of our work at a time. That’s sometimes frustrating because I know there is a great deal of fantastic work, innovation and determination out there which the public should know more about”, said Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. “I hope that over the coming months, we can reveal the true scale and complexity of the challenges faced by officers and staff across the service as they meet the demands of modern policing – and at a time when we are going through a period of unprecedented change. I am proud of the Met. I hope this documentary helps the people of London learn more about policing and be proud of us too.”