Follow Northumbria’s police force in OUR COPS IN THE NORTH, as they fight crime err…up North in this exciting fly on the wall documentary.


In this eye-opening series, you will be privy to a top secret operation, a couple of heart wrenching interviews and a few moments of banal office talk. All of which take place in various Northumbrian police stations.

This series follows Northumbria’s proud police force and their CIDs serving the Newcastle and Sunderland areas, two big and bustling toons (get it?). It would be fair to say that these cities have their fair share of crime.

In this episode, we meet Michael - a loveable pensioner and self-proclaimed Christian burgled at knife point. We track his journey with the local police force to find the perpetrators of his cold-blooded attack. We also play witness to the efforts of the CID in unravelling a motorbike gang, as well as helping a horse-lover claim back her stolen goods. Be prepared for an elevated heartrate.

Responding to Michael’s case in Sunderland is Detective Andy Richardson and his sturdy urgent response team. We are told that Andy’s strong conviction in ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ that has fuelled his love for the force comes from his traditional church-going background. In this episode, we witness Andy and his team’s stoic heroism as they endeavour to find the masked men who terrorised the 70-year old man. Will he find them? I’ll let you see for yourself.

We also follow ‘born and bred’ local PC Curtis Ritchie 55 miles away from Sunderland and a chilling covert operation in Gateshead where a group of young lads have kicked up a storm.

If you love the thrill of a good crime documentary and have enjoyed the already convoluted market of fly on the wall police tales, then this series is your cup of tea. This is definitely the case if you were a vigilant viewer of Channel 4’s ’24 Hours in Police Custody’, like me.

With a perfect equilibrium of tear jerkers and ‘whodunnit’s, this series will satisfy your police-drama sized itch. What stood out for me from all the rest within the genre was the documentary’s matter of fact but sensitive treatment of victim trauma. In our typical police documentary, trauma is something that’s ‘touched on’ in a glossy sort of way.

This programme very much broke away from the norm, as the impact of the crime on the victim was very much embedded into the dialogue. The feelings were real and raw, and there is seriously nothing better than a documentary that steers clear of glamourizing suffering.

- You can catch up on BBC iPlayer.