Bent Coppers: Crossing the Line of Duty

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Bent Coppers: Crossing the Line of Duty

Series 1 - Episode 2



This series does a great job of evoking the sleazy world of 1970s policing with grainy archive film of Soho bookshops and shifty, overweight detectives in suits. It also crams the soundtrack with exactly the cop-show funk that was being used on shows like The Sweeney at the time. (Though after a while, the music gets a bit relentless.) 

This week we get chapter and verse on the “huge corruption machine” of Scotland Yard officers taking bribes during the Soho sex-shop boom. The figure of Ken Drury, head of the Flying Squad, looms large and the story of the holiday he took in Cyprus with pornographer Jimmy Humphreys is extraordinary. 


Exploring the sleazy underbelly of London's Soho in the early 1970s, where an explosion of dirty pornographic bookshops provides an open invitation for corrupt police to be greedy. With insider interviewers and archive footage, this episode continues to unearth the lawless underworld of 1970s London, audacious levels of police corruption and the birth of the internal force tasked with combating it.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Philip Glenister
Director Todd Austin
Producer Min Clough