24 Hours in Police Custody

  • Series 1 Episode 1: The Conspiracy to Murder

    This extraordinary episode opens with the dawn arrest of a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. The film documents the work of the lead detectives as they investigate and interview the suspect.

  • Series 1 Episode 2: Love Hurts

    In this second episode of the observational series shot inside Luton Police Station, two PCs are determined to get to the bottom of two contrasting cases of domestic abuse and harassment

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  • Series 1 Episode 3: The Confession of a Paedophile

    This episode follows the team of four detectives working full-time on child abuse cases in the dedicated Safeguarding Investigation Unit at Luton Police Station

  • Series 1 Episode 4: The Drug Drop

    This episode opens with a young man accidentally dropping a large quantity of cocaine from his jacket pocket outside a petrol station - all caught on CCTV

  • Series 1 Episode 5: The Morning After

    It's Saturday night in Luton, and Bedfordshire Police are dealing with drunken domestic disputes and a booze-fuelled fight

  • Series 1 Episode 6: Honour Thy Father

    In Luton, a devout Muslim has been arrested for violently assaulting his daughter with an iron after she married a man he doesn't approve of

  • Series 1 Episode 7: The Crime of the Century

    Acting sergeant and double amputee Wil Taylor and his team investigate the case of three sex workers. Are the women victims of trafficking, or are they exploiting others?

  • Series 2 Episode 1: A Crime of Passion

    Hardened detectives DS Hutton and DC Brecknock are shocked by an extraordinarily disturbing case of attempted murder in an ordinary terraced home

  • Series 2 Episode 2: A Short, Sharp Shock

    Two teenage girls are arrested after a fight broke out in a nightclub. And the police also arrest a 61-year-old man who's never spent a night in the cells before.

  • Series 2 Episode 3: Human Traffic

    This episode follows an investigation into suspected human trafficking. DC Tom Stean says 'Human trafficking is getting worse and worse. I think Luton is a magnet.'

  • Series 2 Episode 4: Punchdrunk Love

    This episode follows cases where alcohol and relationship tensions mix in a dangerous cocktail. Investigating Officer Lisa Hutchinson says nine out of ten cases can be of domestic violence.

  • Series 2 Episode 5: Age Concern

    Several elderly people have been sexually assaulted in a graveyard. The police have a sample of an attacker's DNA from a previous crime scene, and arrest a young man. Will his DNA match?

  • Series 2 Episode 6: Frequent Flyers

    Cathie Layton and Brett Jones used to work together in the police, but now Brett's a legal rep, representing one of Luton's prolific burglars, with DC Layton on the other side of the table

  • Series 3 Episode 1: Bad Blood

    DS Emma James and DC Cathie Layton pull a 22-hour shift to find the evidence against a young man accused of robbery and assault, who denies everything and paints himself as the victim

  • Series 3 Episode 2: Guilty Little Secrets

    Bedfordshire Police must decide whether to charge two men arrested as part of a nationwide operation against people possessing and, in some cases, distributing indecent images of children online

  • Series 3 Episode 3: Partners in Crime

    DS Simon Hancock and DC Cathie Layton have 24 hours to interview two men who they suspect are behind a string of knife-point robberies. And neither man knows what the other's saying...

  • Series 3 Episode 4: Mother's Day

    The police release a young man who's been accused of a vicious assault when he gives his mother as an alibi. But when she fails to support his story they have to try to find him again...

  • Series 3 Episode 5: A Sixth Sense

    DC Cathie Layton investigates the case of a man who is alleged to have assaulted a taxi driver and stolen his keys. But her instinct tells her that all is not what it seems...

  • Series 4 Episode 1: Human Cargo

    Bedfordshire Police are called to investigate frantic banging from inside a refrigerated HGV lorry. But have the migrants inside been the victims of people trafficking?

  • Series 4 Episode 2: To Catch a Paedophile

    The police race to find evidence to charge two men who've been lured to a fake meeting by paedophile hunters posing as underage girls. But is the involvement of the vigilantes a help or a hindrance?

  • Series 4 Episode 3: Love Thy Neighbour

    Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League, is held in Luton police station following a vicious assault on a Muslim man. Meanwhile, a Muslim woman seeks protection from her husband.

  • Series 4 Episode 4: One Punch

    When a man dies after being punched outside a nightclub, the police must establish whether it was an unjustified assault on an innocent man or an act of self-defence with tragic consequences

  • Series 4 Episode 5: The Black Balaclava

    Bedfordshire Police investigate a rash of knife-point robberies. But without good CCTV images, they have to rely on old-fashioned detective skills.

  • Series 4 Episode 6: Home Truths

    The number of incidents of domestic abuse reported to Bedfordshire Police has surged to over 200 a week. And it can be difficult to navigate personal stories of real-life drama.

  • Series 4 Episode 7: Lethal Weapon

    A suspect is on the run from Bedfordshire Police's specialist gun crime unit. He's believed to be armed and dangerous.

  • Series 4 Episode 8: In Plain Sight

    During Luton's May carnival, a man enters a house and sexually assaults two young children. Bedfordshire Police are determined to find him before he can strike again.

  • Series 4 Episode 9: A Complaint of Rape

    A young woman has made a complaint of rape against a man who she met in a bar. What follows is a series of interviews with the woman and suspect, as police try to unpick the different accounts.

  • Series 5 Episode 1: A Moment of Madness

    This episode explodes onto screens as a blood-soaked man walks out of a hotel lift holding a fire extinguisher and shouting that he's killed someone. Can detectives disentangle what happened?

  • Series 5 Episode 2: Their Time Will Come

    A distressed woman arrives at Luton Police station, where officers have to tell her that her 76-year-old husband is under arrest following allegations of historic child sex abuse

  • Series 5 Episode 3: Human Chains

    A man comes to Luton Police station claiming that his life's in danger and that he's just escaped from a slave-owning gang. Over 200 officers launch a dawn raid on the suspects.

  • Series 5 Episode 4: Code of Silence

    A man has been attacked and left unconscious on the floor of a crowded pub for over 30 minutes. Detectives face a wall of silence as they search for evidence.

  • Series 5 Episode 5: The Golden Bracelet

    Bedfordshire Police are particularly busy. A young care worker denies stealing a gold bracelet. A young man denies being involved in a stabbing. And another suspect is questioned about an assault.

  • Series 6 Episode 1: Sex and Corruption

    This extraordinary episode has unprecedented access to a major investigation into an allegation of police corruption, as detectives track down, arrest and then charge a fellow officer

  • Series 6 Episode 2: Car Attack

    Bedfordshire Police are called to Dunstable Town Centre, where a man has driven a car into a group of revellers outside a kebab shop before fleeing on foot

  • Series 6 Episode 3: Left for Dead

    A man lies dead in a Peterborough park. The position of his body raises intense suspicions but rigor mortis has set in and the trail of evidence is going cold. Detectives are called in to investigate.

  • Series 6 Episode 4: Shallow Grave

    Police dig in a Luton garden, searching for the body of a woman who disappeared in 2003, as they turn up the heat on suspects in a case that has puzzled and frustrated them for years

  • Series 6 Episode 5: Frequent Flyers

    The police search for a couple who they believe have exploited a young, vulnerable woman by taking over her flat to use it as a drugs base

  • Series 6 Episode 6: Too Close for Comfort

    A woman tells the police that a man who she thought of as a friend has begun to stalk her. He denies it. The police try to work out who's telling the truth.

  • Series 7 Episode 1: Body in the Grass

    A woman's body is found in overgrown grassland. When detectives inform her partner of her death, his behaviour marks him out as the chief suspect.

  • Series 7 Episode 2: The Kane Line

    This episode has unprecedented access to a major covert surveillance operation, which culminates in 10 simultaneous armed dawn raids against organised crime gangs

  • Series 7 Episode 3: A Knife Through the Heart

    A man lies dying in the street from a stab wound to the heart. Police investigate this tragic case, which has a surprising and disturbing twist.

  • Series 7 Episode 4: A Second Chance

    A woman calls the police to a block of flats in Luton, where a bloody hand print is found on the wall, and a disturbing case unfolds

  • Series 7 Episode 5: Fifty Shades of Abuse

    A teenager is rushed to hospital with serious injuries that suggest she's been tied up and assaulted. She says she got them during sex with her boyfriend. But then she disappears from hospital...

  • Series 7 Episode 6: What Lies Beneath

    The police receive a phone call claiming that body parts are buried in a garden, but are they being deliberately drawn into a brutal gang war?

  • Series 7 Episode 7: Lost in Translation

    Detectives investigate a man who they believe has brought a young woman into Britain unlawfully, on a one-way ticket from Bulgaria

  • Series 7 Episode 8: Living Among Us

    A man is lured to a sting by paedophile hunters. A few days later, a pensioner is found badly beaten. Cameras follow every twist and turn of an emotive and troubling police investigation.

  • Series 8 Episode 1: Predators

    Detectives hunt for two rapists. They race to stop a recent offender from striking again. And can new cutting-edge forensic techniques help them catch a rapist who has evaded justice for 10 years?

  • Series 8 Episode 2: Family Secrets

    An experienced officer from the Bedfordshire Police Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team investigates an area of criminal behaviour beyond anything she has tackled before

  • Series 8 Episode 3: Knifed

    Detectives race to the scene of a stabbing in broad daylight. Cameras follow every twist and turn of the investigation, revealing the real-life stories behind the familiar headlines about knife crime.

  • Series 8 Episode 4: Smuggled

    Cameras follow every twist and turn of a real-life police investigation as detectives attempt to catch a suspected drug trafficker before he can escape on a flight to Spain

  • Series 8 Episode 5: The Detective and the Surgeon

    Bedfordshire Police investigate a report of burglary of antiques worth a quarter of a million pounds from a country estate. But DC Dave Brecknock thinks something about the case doesn't add up.

  • Series 8 Episode 6: Sudden Death: Think Murder

    Detectives investigate the sudden death of a 48-year-old woman in Cambridgeshire, and the hunt for clues takes the investigation right across Europe

  • Murder in the Woods: Episode 1

    The first of two episodes that take viewers behind the scenes of a police investigation into the pre-mediated and brutal murder of a young man in the middle of woodland

  • Murder in the Woods: Episode 2

    The second half of the double episode. The DCI believes that he knows who was behind the murder. Cameras follow the case as detectives decide to arrest the victim's friends.

  • The Home County Cartel - Part One

    In a two part special, a covert police unit track a smuggling operation bringing huge quantities of drugs into the UK. Can they catch the ringleader?

  • The Home County Cartel - Part Two

    The covert police operation tracking a major drug smuggling operation closes in on the ringleaders in a nerve-shredding conclusion

  • Black Widow - Part One

    In Cambridgeshire, police hear a recording of a woman plotting to have her ex-husband killed - the start of a gripping investigation hurling officers into a race against time

  • Black Widow - Part Two

    Every twist and turn of the investigation as detectives seek compelling evidence to prove Victoria Breeden plotted to solicit the murder of her ex-husband

  • Black Widow (Single Film Version)

    Police investigate a woman secretly recorded plotting to have her ex-husband killed, in this full version of a gripping investigation with officers plunged into a race against time

  • Bedfordshire's Most Wanted

    In Bedfordshire, a man accused of a string of offences involving violence embarks on a frightening new crime spree. Armed officers are deployed as the suspect becomes 'Most Wanted'.

  • The Search for Justice

    In Luton, a man is shot in the chest by a complete stranger. The same suspect threatens a woman. With a gunman on the loose, a frantic manhunt is launched to catch the shooter before he strikes again.

  • The No Body Murder

    Cambridgeshire Police have a big problem: a murder hunt without a body. A complex search for clues takes them into the woods and across Europe, and features a mysterious post on Facebook.

  • Til Death Do Us Part

    In Luton, a man who has been attacked at home dies of severe brain trauma. The investigating officer met the victim a week before and is haunted by the idea that maybe she could have saved his life.