A three-part documentary which starts airing next month will show life behind the scenes at Brighton police station, including their search for a sexual predator, a heroin-addicted conman and the break-up of a brothel.
Billed as the real-life Bill, each of the three episodes tells the story of a few days as investigations unfold, from initial call-outs to arrest, from briefings to raid.
The filming took place from May to September last year, and in its final days involved a helicopter flying low over large parts of the city for several hours, sparking speculation as to what it could be.
Series Producer Ashok Prasad says: “With a cast of engaging officers and detectives, The Nick is the real-life Bill / Hill Street Blues, and it tells the intimate story of what it’s really like to work in a modern police station.”
Different episodes follow the search for a sexual predator who’s been breaking into women’s homes at night, the tracking down of a heroin-addicted serial conman who’s been targeting the elderly in their own homes and the aftermath of a serious glassing where a man nearly lost his life.
The cameras follow the officers as they plan and execute a raid on a drugs’ den, the break-up of a brothel and a suspected suspicious death where all is not as it seems.
Meanwhile, members of the public sign on at the front desk, drunks are moved on and sex toys and drugs are booked into the property store.
The first episode will be broadcast at 9pm on Wednesday, 2 September on ITV. For a fuller guide to the first episode, click here.