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I have always been fascinated by Crimewatch, and I suspect the same can be said of its other six million regular viewers. Since June 1984 the BBC has brought us a monthly dose of 'reality television' at its most unattractive, usually transmitted midweek at 9.30pm in order to catch the optimum ... Read review

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Community Level 5rdobbie


Watching the detectives

AdvantagesGets criminals behind bars, seeks to reassure the public

DisadvantagesCould be accused of not covering enough crimes

"...in finding their whereabouts. Before watching Crimewatch last week, I somehow knew in advance that I would not recognise any of the photofit images, and that I would not have witnessed any of the featured crimes, yet I watched the show because it was the best thing on television at 9.30 on a Wednesday night, and - dare I say it - it makes good viewing. The programme undoubtedly plays on the voyeuristic side of peoples' nature in order to pull in ..." Read review

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Community Level 4doncasteryb


You Can't Escape From The Long Arm Of The Law! Review with images

AdvantagesAudience participation, keeps you posted on the local crims

DisadvantagesHas the potential of keeping you awake in fear

"...a trial basis and so, Crimewatch UK began its 3 programme journey. The figures spoke for themselves, after this pilot, with a review in 1990 indicating that 171 convictions had been made as a direct result. Since then, it has remained on our screens, month in, month out. In terms of Presenters, Nick Ross, originally a Journalist, became like part of the furniture and remained for many years. Initially he presented with Sue Cook, formerly a producer, ..." Read review

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Community Level 1jennifer.t...



Advantageschance to play detectives

Disadvantagesnone unless you happen to be a presenter (Jill Dando ring any bells?)

"Crimewatch UK has been going forever and is basically a way for the police to enlist the general (crimewatch viewing) public to help them to solve crimes. These are often long running cases that the police have no leads for and putting them on television is a last ditch attempt to solve them. Particularly shocking and violent crimes are also featured along with robberies and other crimes where the perpetrators have been caught on CCTV. The basic ..." Read review

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Crimewatch UK - Sleep tight & don't have nightmares!

AdvantagesGreat show, well presented, helping to rid our streets of awful offenders.

DisadvantagesSome of the reconstructions are very upsetting and it's because they're all true :(

"Crimewatch UK is a BBC programme which is on roughly once a month and aims to bring light to the public criminals who are wanted and crimes that have been committed as well as making people aware again of events that may have happened a number of years ago and where the culprits have still not been found. There have been a number of presenters over the years and one of them was Jill Dando who was murdered outside her home. Crimewatch had a reconstruction ..." Read review

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Community Level 5begum


Good to help

Advantagesgood crime factual show


" CrimeWatch is a programme that asks the viewers for their help in solving crimes, the programme highlights the problems we still have in society, with old women being mugged, people being killed. However, for the victim’s family, it’s a chance to see the culprit behind bars. They usually reconstruct a crime, and at the end have a photo fit, which may look like the person wanted. Then viewers can phone an anonymous number to give ..." Read review

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