ITV has commissioned sister company Potato to produce Devon And Cornwall Blues, a three-episode prime-time factual series following the activities of the Devon and Cornwall Police, TVWise has learned.
The series will explore the difficulties faced by the force as they police a larger geographical area than any other police force in England – more than 700 miles of coastland, wild moorland and bustling towns – over the busier summer months, when more than 11 million tourists descend on the region.
“This summer, as millions of families head to the West Country for their holidays, it’s unlikely many will spare a thought for the people who work hard to ensure they are safe”, said Michael Kelpie, Managing Director of Potato. “We have been granted unparalleled access to and complete co-operation with the many diverse constituent parts of Devon and Cornwall Police that work tirelessly to protect and serve locals and visitors alike throughout this busy period.”
“We are delighted to be involved with the programme which we hope will show people across the UK the unique challenges of policing Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the summer months”, commented Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police.
Devon And Cornwall Blues is set to air on ITV this Autumn and was developed by Claire Morrison. The ITV Studios owned label Potato is producing, with Managing Director Michael Kelpie and Creative Director Ed Taylor serving as the executive producers. It was commissioned by Priya Singh, ITV’s Commissioning Editor, Factual.
“Policing Britain’s biggest and busiest holiday destination during the height of summer makes for some unique and particular challenges”, added Priya Singh. “Set against this beautiful backdrop, from coastal to countryside to up in the air, the series promises a varied, revelatory and surprising insight into the lives and work of the Devon and Cornwall blues.”