Channel 4 is set to shine a light on “the British FBI”.
The free-to-air broadcaster has handed out a series order to an as-yet-untitled documentary about the National Crime Agency – the national law enforcement agency that launched in 2013 as a successor to the Serious Organised Crime Agency which, like SOCA before it, was dubbed “the British FBI” by UK media.
NCA has responsibility for handling investigations into serious and organised crime and tracking down some of the most dangerous criminals, all while working closely with local and global police forces. Controversially, there have also been proposals to transfer the national lead for counter-terrorism from The Met to NCA.
The untitled documentary series, which has received an order for three episodes, is set up at indie Blast! Films and will examine three of the NCA’s biggest cases since they launched. It will feature interviews with officers inside the NCA and show how their investigations were undertaken across the world.
This marks the first time that the National Crime Agency has agreed to participated in a documentary about the young agency. The series was ordered by Channel 4 Documentaries Commissioning Editor Anna Miralis and will be executive produced by Ed Coulthard and Alex Sutherland. Harriet Bird is the series producer, while Toby Trackman is attached to direct the first two episodes.
“Many people are aware of the existence of the National Crime Agency but few people know how it really operates”, said Blast! Films’ Creative Director Ed Coulthard. “It’s very exciting for us to be able to show how it has tackled some of the biggest criminal cases in the UK and across the world.”
“Criminal investigations of this kind are normally kept behind closed doors – and it’s usually only through drama that we’ve been able to imagine what really goes on”, added Anna Miralis. “I’m delighted the NCA has decided to let Blast Films and Channel 4 give a true picture of some of the biggest cases they’ve been handling.”