The Met: Policing London - Series 1

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Lennie James, published by BBC in 2015 - English narration

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A TV series created by the Open University and the BBC provides a unique insight into Britain's busiest police force, the Met. "The Met: Policing London" is a five-part prime-time BBC One documentary series that follows officers from Britain's biggest and busiest police service as it tackles with drug dealing, violence, and its victims, all across the capital. Over 2,000 officers have joined the ranks of the Metropolitan police since 2014, tasked with ensuring the streets of London are safe for its 8 million residents, 24 hours a day. This five-part series explores the highs and lows of one of the toughest jobs in Britain. The series is the first ever to gain top to bottom access to the Metropolitan Police Service – and BBC Studios was granted extraordinary access to film the organisation, showing the public the work of the Met in a way never seen before. The first series covers everything from homicide to firearms, burglaries to gang warfare and filmed with everyone from the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to the new recruits on their first day on the beat. Broadcasting on BBC One, the series was a ratings smash and a critical hit. It was a series that attracted considerable attention from the beginning of its run and was swiftly re-commissioned for a second series, aired in May 2017. Series Producer/Director : Simon Gilchrist ; A BBC London/Open University Partnership Production

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The first episode centres on Scotland Yard and its anxiety about renewed racial tension during an inquiry into the death of a young black man which sparked riots nationwide. In 2011, a 29-year-old black man and suspected gang member called Mark Duggan was fatally shot by a firearms officer in Tottenham. The officer believed Duggan had a gun and that he might use it. The Met's handling of the situation in the days that followed sparked some of the worst riots in London's history. An inquiry is about to announce whether the killing was lawful or unlawful. It's creating anxiety in Scotland Yard and tension on the streets of Tottenham, one of the most racially diverse areas of Britain and home to the Duggan family. Management at Scotland Yard is busy planning around the verdict: whatever the outcome, they are anxious that it may spark fresh riots. Victor Olisa is one of just five borough commanders in the Met from a black or ethnic minority background. He was moved to Tottenham after the riots to try to heal the Met's relationship with some of the community. When the verdict is announced, his station becomes the focus of community frustrations and the pressure is on Victor to manage the situation, which he does by asking for help from community leaders. In the weeks that follow, tensions between some of London's black community and the Met are running high. Police think it's time for a new approach. At the annual Splash street party in Brixton, they work with the black community to police the event the way the community wants it policed. But can this approach work when gangs have caused chaos in previous years? And can there ever be a long-term solution to the troubled history of London's police and some of the city's black community?

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Episode two shadows Brixton CID and the policing of Notting Hill Carnival, one of the biggest operations for the force.
A quiet after work drink ends in tragedy when a 34-year-old father is mistaken for another man and stabbed to death outside a pub in central London. With little evidence to go on, murder detective John Sandlin hopes that CCTV will give him the vital answers he needs to bring the killers to justice.
In Brixton, CID officer Tracey Miller is on the hunt for a very particular sex offender who has been targeting Muslim women in the area. With only a photo of the man and no name, it’s a race against time to catch the attacker before he strikes again.
Notting Hill Carnival is one of the biggest street parties in the world and the biggest event in the Metropolitan Police’s calendar. With 14 thousand cops on duty over the party weekend, at a cost of 7 million pounds, the pressure is on for the officers to balance the carnival spirit with keeping the public safe.

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Gangs are a major problem for police in at least 20 of London's 32 boroughs. Detectives Stuart McNaughton and Bob Dolce work for Trident, the Met's specialist gang unit. As increasingly younger boys and girls are being lured into the gang lifestyle, Bob and Stuart have focused on London's most dangerous gang, working undercover to take down its leaders and stop the lucrative drug trade thriving on the streets of south London.
Wealthy residents of Camden, north London, have been plagued by a wave of violent snatch-and-grab thefts by robbers using mopeds to evade police. Suspects are often only in their teens and cops are discouraged from chasing the criminals. Public confidence in the police is running low, and it's up to borough commander Richard Tucker to win back local trust and wipe out the problem.
Police constables Tim Dawes and Steph Mills have been patrolling the streets of Brixton for over five years and deal with knife crime on an almost daily basis. But nothing can prepare them for the shock of a vicious knife attack in broad daylight. It's up to them to try to save the life of an innocent teenage boy.

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On an average night, the Met receives over 4,000 emergency calls, keeping London's 800 on-duty response cops busy from dusk till dawn.
Crimes thrives in the shadows, and in the residential streets of north London, a burglar has been caught in the act. It's down to PC Waz Din to literally talk him down when the suspect is found hanging from a first-floor window.
Eight miles away, on the busy streets of Soho, something sinister is lurking behind the bright lights. For the past two years, Detective Superintendent Kevin Southworth has been gathering evidence on the thieves and drug dealers exploiting the area. With the help of 400 riot-trained officers he makes his move.
After dark, London's clubs and bars come alive, but as the punters spill out onto the city streets, it's up to the cops to take the abuse from the ones who can't hold their booze. And the long night can be a lonely time for those suffering from mental health issues. Constables Ian Gray and Christine Wratten rush to help two Londoners who are feeling suicidal.

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In the past year, over 2000 officers have joined the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, tasked with keeping the streets of London safe for its eight million residents, 24 hours a day. Over 50 per cent of new Met officers are from outside London, and Yorkshireman Tom Hebblethwaite has his work cut out finding his way around the city streets. During his on-the-ground training he must achieve some vital goals, from making an arrest to learning to march before he can graduate and 'pass out' in front of top cop and fellow northerner, Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.
The streets of London are a challenge for even the most experienced police constables, and response officers Caroline Hay and Karl Davies are old hands at dealing with the ups and downs of policing the public in Camden, north London. While putting up with verbal abuse from angry buskers is just part of the job, it's protecting some of society's more vulnerable individuals that makes Caroline reflect on why she joined the service.
In east London, Detective Jason Weald is nearing retirement and must call on his years of experience to get to the bottom of the tragic death of a four-month-old baby. His team struggle to keep their personal and professional opinions separate as the quest to find justice in this emotional case divides the homicide detectives.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
Video Bitrate: CRF=21 / 2 924 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 124 kb/s VBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 58 min
Number Of Parts: 5
Part Size: 1.07 GB - 1.44 GB
Source: HDTV
Encoded by: BARGE, C4TV & TASTETV

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