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Law and Order Series by G.F. Newman

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Take two British television dramas about police corruption and brutality in the s. Channel 4's Red Riding, which finished last week, attracted almost universal praise for its drama, but barely raised an eyebrow with its graphic depiction of a named constabulary the West Yorkshire Police routinely torturing and murdering people. It was shockingly contemporaneous, in other words, and caused an uproar. I was told by a civil servant who was present that he was read the riot act and was told that this was not the sort of programming that was wanted on the BBC and it wasn't to be sold abroad so as not to promote such an image of Britain. Nevertheless, he clearly was influenced, because it never did the see the light of day again.

Adam Sweeting. It depicted the police, legal establishment and prison system as interlocking components of a web of corruption, in which everybody was happy to feed off the illicit proceeds of crime and the police and thieves were two sides of the same coin. But a little later Robert Mark was made commissioner of the Met, and he said it was his ambition to arrest more criminals than he employed. Now BBC Four has been broadcasting it again on Thursday evenings, and despite being 40 years old it puts most recent crime series in the shade. Seventies London looks dingy and dull, as if lit by a job lot of second-hand daylight that fell off the back of a lorry. The use of long zoom lenses draws the viewer into a shifty, illicit world.

Gordon Frank Newman born 22 May [1] [2] is an English writer and television producer. Newman's first book, Sir, You Bastard was a bestseller on publication in It was to become the first in a series of 3 works featuring the character of Terry Sneed, an unscrupulous Scotland Yard inspector.
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Each of the four stories within the series were told from a different perspective, including that of the Detective, the Villain, the Brief and the Prisoner. In , G. This statement was inaccurate, as a full repeat had previously been broadcast on BBC4 from 24 March to 14 April The series was highly controversial upon its release due to its depiction of a corrupt British law enforcement and legal system. John Cooper, QC, writing in The Times , described the series as 'Seismic', continuing to say that 'at the time [the plays] provoked calls from MPs for Newman to be arrested for sedition and the summoning of the director-general of the BBC to the Home Office to explain himself.

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