Wednesday October 18, 2000
The BBC has confirmed that BBC2’s critically-acclaimed drama, The Cops, will not be returning after the current run of specials finishes.
Two further two-part specials of the hard-hitting Tony Garnett-produced drama, which was shot in a hand-held documentary style on the streets of a north-west town, will be screened on BBC2.
But after that production will cease, a BBC spokesman confirmed. “Tony Garnett has always said he only wanted to do three series,” he said.
The Cops was made by Mr Garnett’s company, World Productions, and ran for two series in 1998 and 1999. The show returned earlier this autumn with a 2 x 50-minute format. The two remaining specials are thought likely to go out before the end of 1999 and in the first half of next year, respectively.
The BBC dismissed suggestions that the lack of police cooperation led to the demise of the series.
A spokesman said: “We didn’t have a great deal of co-operation after the first series, but it was never a factor. There were plenty of people who’d left the force who were willing to tell how it really is.”