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Bent Coppers: Crossing the Line of Duty

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

At the dawn of the 1970s, a secret network of bent coppers operated throughout London.

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Episode 1: Firm in a Firm

Summary

Documentary examining corruption in the police in the 1970s, revealing a secret network of officers was operating illegally throughout London and led to the formation of the first internal anti-corruption unit A10, which inspired the BBC drama Line of Duty. The story begins in 1969, when a desperate south London criminal tipped off the Times about how he was being extorted for money by a detective in the Metropolitan Police.
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Review

There’s a nostalgic feel to this series about 1970s police corruption: jazz-funk on the soundtrack, Philip Glenister (who played Gene Hunt in Life on Mars) narrating, and evocative archive clips of car chases with police in Triumphs pursuing villains in Jags. But at its heart it is deadly serious, a story of how a network of corrupt officers did immense damage and ruined lives. 

We hear recordings made for a 1969 investigation in which a Met detective is heard telling a south London criminal amiably: “If we find out you’ve done something, we want a share.” Worse are the accounts by people who were arrested and “fitted up” for crimes in ways even Gene Hunt wouldn’t try.

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DirectorTodd Austin
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  • Episode 1

    Firm in a Firm

    Summary

    Documentary examining corruption in the police in the 1970s, revealing a secret network of officers was operating illegally throughout London and led to the formation of the first internal anti-corruption unit A10, which inspired the BBC drama Line of Duty. The story begins in 1969, when a desperate south London criminal tipped off the Times about how he was being extorted for money by a detective in the Metropolitan Police.
    Recommended

    Review

    There’s a nostalgic feel to this series about 1970s police corruption: jazz-funk on the soundtrack, Philip Glenister (who played Gene Hunt in Life on Mars) narrating, and evocative archive clips of car chases with police in Triumphs pursuing villains in Jags. But at its heart it is deadly serious, a story of how a network of corrupt officers did immense damage and ruined lives. 

    We hear recordings made for a 1969 investigation in which a Met detective is heard telling a south London criminal amiably: “If we find out you’ve done something, we want a share.” Worse are the accounts by people who were arrested and “fitted up” for crimes in ways even Gene Hunt wouldn’t try.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorPhilip Glenister

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTodd Austin
    ProducerMin Clough
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