AXING OF CRIMEWATCH
On Tuesday 17 October 2017 the British Broadcasting Corporation announced that they have axed long-running crime tackling programme, Crimewatch, after it being broadcast for 33 years on BBC One.
On the day of Crimewatch's axing, Dr. Sara Payne MBE, mother of Sarah Payne, tweeted; "I say no to the #BBC Re #Crimewatch, this public service is worth more than money or ratings! It needs investment not closure!" [sic]
Her daughter, Sarah Payne, was abducted in and murdered by Roy Whiting in 2000 in the West Sussex area of the United Kingdom.
The main Crimewatch programme – formerly called Crimewatch UK – featured many high-profile cases such as:
The disappearance and murder of Sarah Payne, which is mentioned above.
The disappearance and murder of James Patrick Bulger.
James Bulger was abducted by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle. He was later brutally killed by Thompson & Venables. His body was found mutilated on a railway line two and a half miles away in Walton, Liverpool.
Crimewatch UK featured suspect profiling which was delivered on-screen by Nick Ross which can be seen on Thursday 18 February 1993's episode along with the chilling CCTV footage of Thompson and Venables coaxing James Bulger away from the shopping centre.
James' killers were subsequently caught thanks to Crimewatch UK's appeal.
The murder of Crimewatch UK presenter Jill Dando.
On Monday 26 April 1999 Jill was fatally shot on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London. As she was one of Crimewatch UK's own, they featured a mass appeal at the top of the Tuesday 18 May 1999 edition of Crimewatch UK fronted by Jill's friend and colleague Nick Ross.
Unbelievably this case is still unsolved as number 1 suspect, Barry George (who has aliases such as Barry Bulsara, Steve Majors , Paul Gadd & Thomas Palmer), was acquitted of all charges relating to Jill's murder and London's Metropolitan Police are still looking for Ms. Dando's killer.
Crimewatch reconstructions pieced together step-by-step re-enactments based on witnesses & police reports to put together as many clues as possible in hope of catching the suspects of the crime. This often proved fruitful. Crimewatch reconstructions have featured some well known actors. Actors such as; Dominic Brunt, Wendi Peters and Daniela Denby-Ashe have all stepped up and appeared in a Crimewatch UK reconstruction to help victims of crime.
VIDEOFITS, E-FITS & SCARY FACES
Definition of videofit:
A computer-generated picture of a person sought by the police, created by combining facial characteristics on the basis of witnesses' descriptions.
The E-FIT or Electronic Facial Imaging Technique, succeeded the VideoFit and it provided an even more accurately detailed picture of the suspect or person wanted by police for questioning.
Along with the reconstructions, the VideoFits/E-FITs were integral to investigations and people expected them from the programme.
Every face in the above gallery has appeared in at least one episode of Crimewatch UK/Crimewatch.
CRIMEWATCH'S SUCCESS RATES
In June 2004 Crimewatch UK told viewers of its success rates on crimes.
Kidnap and Abduction: 1 in 3 Crimewatch cases led to an arrest.
1 in 6 led to a conviction.
Murders: 53 murderers were convicted as a direct result of Crimewatch appeals.
Violent Assaults: 1 in 2 Crimewatch cases led to an arrest.
1 in 4 led to a conviction.
Rape and Indecent assaults: 1 in 4 Crimewatch cases led to an arrest.
1 in 7 led to a conviction.
On average, 1 in 3 Crimewatch appeals led to an arrest and 1 in 6 led to a conviction.
In its prime, every single police force in the United Kingdom had featured at least one case on Crimewatch UK. Crimewatch UK was very popular with police officers across Great Britain.
Dr. Sara Payne MBE spoke about how Crimewatch helped her family bring Sarah Payne's killer to justice.
CRIMEWATCH UK'S DECLINE IN VIEWERSHIP
Crimewatch's main show began to lose viewers due to its constant change of format and presenters.
On Monday 2 July 2007 Crimewatch began to lose its own appeal when Nick Ross departed the programme after 23 strong years on the programme. Fiona Bruce did a marvellous job at the reigns after Nick's untimely exit from the show.
Crimewatch, in its latter years, began to showcase unnecessary features. "How They Caught" which was fronted by Matthew Amroliwala was not well received due to Crimewatch already having programmes which were an extension of itself called "Crimewatch Solved" that the feature "How They Caught" would have been better suited on. During Jeremy Vine & Tina Daheley's tenure Crimewatch began showing 10-15 minute video packages of irrelevant features, 10-15 minutes which should have been given to a police force in Britain to appeal on one of their cases. Plus, ditching Crimewatch Update in-place for an online tracker of cases available at bbc.co.uk was not well received either.
AndyGibsonTV.com did a couple of polls on its social networking account and the majority of people wanted Crimewatch back to its original format.
AndyGibsonTV.com asked; "Should the BBC revert Crimewatch back to the format as it were when Nick Ross presented the programme?" - 91% of voters said yes.
In another poll, AndyGibsonTV.com asked; "Should the BBC have axed Crimewatch?" - 71% of voters said no.
When the BBC axed Crimewatch, they said that they would keep the morning series, Crimewatch Roadshow, running. This is not going to be as effective as Crimewatch's main show at 21:00 on a weekday. People are at work and school when Crimewatch Roadshow is broadcast and the BBC only keep it on their BBC iPlayer for a very limited amount of time so police forces are not going to receive the audiences they require to appeal on cases.
As police forces are not going to get the exposure they requre to solve their cases to help the victims of crime by only having Crimewatch Roadshow, it only stands to reason that Crimewatch should never have been axed in the first place. If the BBC would invest time and money into the production and revert it back to its original form, Crimewatch would still be one of the most viewed programmes on the BBC Network.
If the BBC recommissioned Crimewatch, there are a plethora of vintage editions of Crimewatch on YouTube for the new producers to look-over to get Crimewatch back to its original glory.
The facts above speak for themselves. It was a very successful programme and with investment it could potentially be even better.
Crime figures are on the up and there's no adequate medium other than the news to gain the public's attention of it anymore. Crimewatch's main programme was ideal.
On social networking site, Twitter, James Kirkhope got in-touch with AndyGibsonTV.com and perfectly said; "Unless axing Crimewatch means all crime will be axed from life" [sic].
With all that being said. Don't have nightmares, do sleep well. Goodnight.
You'll have to wind your watch back twice for this one. Not only are we going back to 1992, we're going way back to the 1960's so you may need to check your sundials - alright, maybe it is not that far back.
It ran for 372 episodes consisting of 18 series, Heartbeat is arguably Yorkshire Television's best known weekly programmes - that and Emmerdale Farm/Emmerdale.
Heartbeat was a police procedural drama which was created by Gerry Mill & Keith Richardson and produced by Yorkshire Television/The Leeds Studios then later ITV Studios in its latter times.
Set in Goathland Village which gave the beautiful backdrop to Heartbeat's incredible scenery and set locations. Goathland was known as Aidensfield in the programme.
Its most well-known character is arguably Nick Rowan, portrayed by Nick Berry. Rowan was a mild-mannered police constable who initally received hostility on his first arrival to Aidensfield. Rowan later became a Sergeant before he departed the series on Sunday 25 January 1998 in the episode "Local Knowledge" when Rowan and his family departed Aidensfield for Canada.
Nick Berry may have left on-screen but his presence was still felt throughout the show as he performed the title music entitled "Heartbeat". The song, that was originally written by music legend Buddy Holly, reached number 2 in the Official Charts in June 1992.
Speaking of music, Heartbeat was full of it... music that is. The 1960's provided a fantastic soundtrack and many artists from that era had songs played in the background of scenes. Gerry and The Pacemakers, Sandie Shaw, The Beach Boys all played a part in Heartbeat's soundtrack and we cannot forget the iconic Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf.
Viewership peaked at 12.8 million viewers averaging 6 million per episodic episode.
Mark Jordon portrayed police officer PC Phil Bellamy in the programme. Phil was a laid-back somewhat goofy man with a kind heart. He was one of the programmes most loved and most-known faces. Sadly in the episode entitled "Touch and Go" which aired Sunday 23 December 2007, PC Bellamy was shot, killing off the character. The closing credits of his last episode featured a special downbeat version of the title theme. According to a recent poll, PC Bellamy's death was the most devastating loss in the entire programme. Phil's death was iconic for the programme's history and it spawned a one-off documentary called "Heartbeat: Farewell Phil" that aired the day after Mark Jordon's final episode. The documentary commemorated Mark's denouement and featured an interview from Mr. Jordon himself.
Mark Jordon can still be seen weekly on ITV & STV as Daz Spencer in Emmerdale.
Many well known actors featured in Heartbeat, many who've went on to other loved British television dramas. Actors such as:
Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Connor - Coronation Street)
Nikki Sanderson (Maxine Minniver - Hollyoaks)
John Bowe (Lawrence White - Emmerdale)
Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs - Coronation Street)
Michelle Hardwick (Vanessa Woodfield - Emmerdale)
Jason Durr (David Hide - Casualty)
Russel Boulter (DS John Boulton - The Bill)
Samia Longchambon (Maria Connor - Coronation Street)
Philip Martin Brown (Grantly Budgen - Waterloo Road)
The television show, Heartbeat, is based on the series of novels entitled "Constable" that were written by Nicholas Rhea.
Sadly in March of this year Bill Maynard who portrayed Claude Jeremiah Greengrass passed away at the age 89. His last television appearance was on Pointless Celebrities on the BBC with Tricia Penrose who played Gina Ward in the retro police drama.
Heartbeat still beats in the hearts of everyone who watched it and will go down in history as a classic.
It ran for 147 episodes consisting of 12 series and developed by Central Independent Television - Peak Practice was one of Great Britain's much loved dramas.
Set in 'Cardale' a small fictional town in the Derbyshire Peak District, it was a drama series about a small GP Surgery in the area.
Starring Kevin Whately as Dr. Jack Kerruish, Amanda Burton as Dr. Beth Glover and Simon Shepherd as Dr. Will Preston, Peak Practice entertained approximately 7 million viewers every week on the ITV Network. In its 'peak' it garnered over 12 million viewers.
Its original run was between Monday 10 May 1993 until Wednesday 30 January 2002.
Peak Practice starred many well-known faces in the British drama scene. Actors such as Jacqueline Leonard (Sarah Preston in Peak Practice) who went onto Britain's well-known soap operas EastEnders, Coronation Street, River City, Doctors & Hollyoaks.
Gray O'Brien (Dr. Tom Deneley in Peak Practice) also enjoyed success in Coronation Street and River City.
In its latter years, Executive Producer Sharon Bloom introuduced racier storyline plots such as bringing in Eva Pope (who previously worked on Coronation Street as Tanya Pooley) as psychotic nurse named Claire Brightwell which had mixed reactions from the fans.
A select few famous actors who have appeared in at least one episode of Peak Practice:
Peak Practice had an unmistakable original theme tune composed by John Altman and is recognised as the official Peak Practice theme. Craig Pruess' rearrangement was not well received by fans and is a possible reason for the viewing figures dropping as the audience were put-off by the new piece of music. This was the case for many ITV Network shows around that time.
Nick Elliott, then ITV Drama Controller, refused to re-commission Peak Practice for a thirteenth series, citing it "ran its course".
Peak Practice will always be remembered for its drama and beautiful Derbyshire scenery.