8.1
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24 Hours in Police Custody

24 Hours in Police Custody

Channel 4 2014

Bedfordshire Police allowed more than 80 cameras to follow their work for this landmark documentary series

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The 10 Worst Episodes of 24 Hours in Police Custody

24 Hours in Police Custody - S11E1

#1 - Episode 1

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Season 11 - Episode 1

The Black Widow

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 0 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S11E2

#2 - Episode 2

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Season 11 - Episode 2

The Black Widow part 2

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 0 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S3E3

#3 - Partners in Crime

6.85

Season 3 - Episode 3

DS Simon Hancock and DC Cathie Layton have 24 hours to interview two men who they suspect are behind a string of knife-point robberies. And neither man knows what the other's saying...

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 39 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S4E6

#4 - Home Truths

7.09

Season 4 - Episode 6

The number of domestic abuse incidents reported to Bedfordshire Police has soared to over 200 a week in recent years. Two such incidents show the difficulties officers have investigating these cases.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 45 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S2E4

#5 - Punchdrunk Love

7.10

Season 2 - Episode 4

This episode follows cases where alcohol and relationship tensions mix in a dangerous cocktail. Investigating Officer Lisa Hutchinson says nine out of ten cases can be of domestic violence.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 30 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S2E2

#6 - A Short, Sharp Shock

7.12

Season 2 - Episode 2

Two teenage girls are arrested after a fight broke out in a nightclub. And the police also arrest a 61-year-old man who's never spent a night in the cells before.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 41 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S3E1

#7 - Bad Blood

7.13

Season 3 - Episode 1

The return of the documentary in which more than 60 cameras are used to follow the work of Bedfordshire Police, from the cells at stations to the operational heart of major investigations. A small town near Luton has been plagued with an outbreak of teen criminality, and DS Emma James and DC Cathie Layton pull a 22-hour shift to find the evidence against a young man accused of robbery and assault. He denies everything and paints himself as the victim. Will they uncover enough to charge, or will he be released?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 53 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S2E6

#8 - Frequent Flyers

7.16

Season 2 - Episode 6

Cathie Layton and Brett Jones used to work together in the police, but now Brett's a legal rep, representing one of Luton's prolific burglars, with DC Layton on the other side of the table.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 37 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S7E7

#9 - Lost in Translation

7.18

Season 7 - Episode 7

Bedfordshire Police confront issues thrown up by the mass movement of people across Europe. A man travelling with a young woman on a one-way ticket from Bulgaria is stopped at Luton Airport. Officers from the National Crime Agency believe that he - and another man who has come to the arrivals gate to meet them - may be bringing the woman into the country unlawfully. The story takes a surprising twist when one of the men they have arrested claims he is her father. Cameras follow every twist and turn of the case, as detectives try to discover the truth when so much is obscured by different languages and culture.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 28 votes.

24 Hours in Police Custody - S1E3

#10 - The Confession of a Paedophile

7.18

Season 1 - Episode 3

News spreads across the county about a suspected paedophile trying to abduct young children on their way home from school. Local press coverage has led to hundreds of calls from panicked parents to the police. With the culprit at large, cameras follow the Major Crime Unit as they lead the operation to arrest a third suspect following a nine-year-old girl's statement and an e-fit description. After two previous suspects have been released without charge, have they now got the right man? In the public protection unit, DC Annie Fowler and DC Selena Humphreys believe they have finally gathered enough evidence, including thousands of images and hundreds of videos of extreme child abuse, to ensure the suspect is remanded in prison pending a trial. Following his second arrest, he makes a frank and shocking confession. The detectives take this new information to the Crown Prosecution Service in the hope of preventing him from committing any more offences.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 56 votes.

#11 - Their Time Will Come
7.18
Season 5 - Episode 2

A distressed woman arrives at Luton Police station, where officers have to tell her that her 76-year-old husband is under arrest following allegations of historic child sex abuse.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 60 votes.

#12 - Guilty Little Secrets
7.19
Season 3 - Episode 2

Bedfordshire Police must decide whether to charge two men arrested as part of a nationwide operation against people possessing and, in some cases, distributing indecent images of children online.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 53 votes.

#13 - Love Hurts
7.22
Season 1 - Episode 2

Police Constable Cheryldeen Liversidge and Police Constable Kat Alison investigate two strongly contrasting stories about harassment and domestic abuse. Domestic abuse takes up to 40% of police time nationally and is now a priority for Bedfordshire Police, having had a poor record in the past. A scorned wife has dumped an ex-partner's clothes in a charity shop, while another woman complains of a series of highly threatening messages from a man with a violent past. On the surface, two very different cases, but both officers turn the cases they are investigating into something of a crusade and are determined to get to the bottom of what really went on in the private relations between their suspects and the victims.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 60 votes.

#14 - Mother's Day
7.24
Season 3 - Episode 4

The police release a young man who's been accused of a vicious assault when he gives his mother as an alibi. But when she fails to support his story they have to try to find him again...

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 42 votes.

#15 - The Crime of the Century
7.24
Season 1 - Episode 7

Drunken abuse, the theft of 98p's worth of fizzy drinks and the joyriding of a 45-seater bus are all in a day's work for acting sergeant Wil Taylor. Some can seem like a waste of police time, while others quickly become serious - such as the case of three sex workers who have been arrested during a raid on a local brothel. Are the women victims, possibly trafficked to the UK from Eastern Europe, or are they running the business and exploiting others? Last in the series

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 21 votes.

#16 - Human Chains
7.28
Season 5 - Episode 3

Amanda comes to Luton Police station claiming that his life's in danger and that he's just escaped from a slave owning gang. Over 200 officers launch a dawn raid on the suspects.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 53 votes.

#17 - Age Concern
7.29
Season 2 - Episode 5

Several elderly people have been sexually assaulted in a graveyard. The police have a sample of an attacker's DNA from a previous crime scene, and arrest a young man. Will his DNA match?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 28 votes.

#18 - A Complaint of Rape
7.29
Season 4 - Episode 9

When a young woman reports that she has been raped by a man she met in a bar, Bedfordshire Police bring the man in for questioning and try to unpick the two very different accounts of events.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 49 votes.

#19 - The Morning After
7.33
Season 1 - Episode 5

It's Saturday night in Luton, and Bedfordshire Police are dealing with drunken domestic disputes and a booze-fuelled fight. Police Constables Leanne Turner and Andy Parsons are sent out to investigate an alleged assault against a vulnerable and fragile 75-year-old man in a domestic dispute. The suspect is the man's private carer and has been living with him for the past seven years. When he made the 999 call, the elderly man alleged that he had been slapped in the head with an open palm. But when they arrive, PCs Leanne and Andy are confronted with a distressed victim who insists he does not want them to pursue the matter and who begs them to leave. At the police station, a Polish man arrested for a drunken row with his partner is admitted into custody. He's initially brought in for a 'breach of the peace' - to remove him from the situation and allow him to sober up and cool off - but things take an unexpectedly sinister turn when he whispers to the custody sergeant that he will kill his wife the following day.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 48 votes.

#20 - Honour Thy Father
7.36
Season 1 - Episode 6

A devout Muslim has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his daughter with an iron, after she married a man he does not approve of. Bedfordshire Police have set up a dedicated `honour-based violence' unit at Luton, but the investigation falls to DC Rachel Chandler in CID. Will she succeed in finding the evidence before time runs out?

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody from 45 votes.

Last updated: apr 13, 2021

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