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The Detectives 2015

Minnow Films for BBC 2  

3 x 60 minutes
Minnow Films for BBC 2

In July 2012, Greater Manchester Police set up a specialist unit to investigate sex offences. In the first of its kind for the force, 60 detectives were trained as specialist rape investigators. Since it opened, reports of rape across the UK have soared. Filmed over two years, this three-part series follows detectives in unprecedented times, revealing what it’s really like to investigate the crimes which carry the toughest sentences but have the lowest conviction rates. Gripping and dramatic, they take us into their world, uncovering the complexities and challenges of solving sex crimes, where the odds of successful conviction are as low as 1 in 10.

This ambitious series features one high-profile historic sexual abuse case that is spread across all three films, starting with the investigation in episode one, the interrogation in episode two, and finishing with the trial in episode three. Operation Canute is an investigation into a friend of Jimmy Saville, Manchester DJ Ray Teret, accused of a string of sex offences against schoolgirls in the 60’s and 70’s. Led by unflappable DS Carol Barlow, one of the force’s most experienced detectives, and DC Rod Carter, whose background is in gang crime, we go behind the headlines to see what it takes to crack a case when the crimes were committed more than 30 years ago.

The first film follows the detectives as they build the case, gathering evidence and searching for more victims; the second film focuses on the arrest and 3-day interrogation of Ray Teret culminating in the detectives charging him with 32 offences against 16 victims; and the third film follows the police and the victims through the trial and the agonising wait for a verdict.

Each film in the series also features a number of present day rape enquiries including an online grooming case, a violent stranger rape and an attack on a student outside a nightclub.

There are so many documentaries about the police, but I would single out this one for your attention
The Independent

“The level of access makes for essential viewing”
The Guardian

“These are horrifying crimes, but the whole is elevated to art by the camerawork and spine-tingling score”
The Independent

The Detectives

Nominated for

Best Documentary Series   Grierson
Best Documentary Series
BAFTA Nomination - Television Craft Awards, Director Factual – James Newton   BAFTA
Television Craft Awards
Director Factual – James Newton
BAFTA Nomination - Best Factual Series   BAFTA
Best Factual Series
Broadcast Awards Nomination - Best Documentary Series  


Best Documentary Series

RTS Nomination Craft & Design Awards: Photography – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama: James Newton  

Craft & Design Awards
Photography – Documentary / Factual & Non Drama:
James Newton

RTS Nomination Craft & Design Awards: Editing – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama: Rupert Houseman  

Craft & Design Awards
Editing – Documentary / Factual & Non Drama:
Rupert Houseman

The Televisual Bulldog Award: Best Editing  

The Televisual Bulldog Award
Best Editing