Channel 4 has handed out a four episode series order to Famous & Fighting Crime, which follows five celebrities as they work on the front line of British policing with Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
The celebrities lined up for the series include TV presenter Katie Piper, Loose Women panellist Penny Lancaster, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle and comedian Marcus Brigstocke.
They will be responding to real 999 calls, working in custody, and even CID, as well as taking part in high risk drugs raids and keeping order in rowdy city centres at the weekend. The five celebrities have joined the ranks of Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Special Constables for the series. The series will highlight the increasing burden places of police forces around the country by years of continuous budget cuts.
Famous & Fighting Crime is being produced by Blast! Films and was commissioned by Channel 4’s Formats Commissioning Editor Lee McMurray and Channel 4’s Head of Formats Dom Bird. Claire McFall is the series producer. The executive producers are Ed Coulthard and Dermot Caulfield. “As police budgets go down, and the pressures on police forces go up, our celebrities are joining the thousands of volunteers risking everything on the frontline of policing today”, Coulthard said. “It’s certain to be a life changing experience – no one can predict the criminals or the crimes they’ll encounter”.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase the valuable work of the Special Constabulary and give viewers a chance to see some of the excellent work our officers do day in day out, but which often remains hidden”, commented Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic. “The series promises to be entertaining and impactful, offering the viewer a unique view of the role volunteers play in policing their own communities, and I hope it will inspire many others to volunteer for their police force.”