The Cops (TV series)

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The Cops
Also known as Stanton Blues
Genre Drama
Created by Jimmy Gardner
Robert Jones
Anita J. Pandolfo
Written by Jimmy Gardner
Robert Jones
Anita J. Pandolfo
Directed by Harry Bradbeer
Alrick Riley
Kenny Glenaan
Starring Katy Cavanagh
Rob Dixon
John Henshaw
Clare McGlinn
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 24
Producer(s) Eric Coulter
Location(s) Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
Original channel BBC2
Original release 19 October 1998 – 11 April 2001

The Cops is a British television series made by World Productions for the BBC.

The production, set in the fictional town of Stanton in Northern England, was noted for its documentary-style camerawork and uncompromising portrayal of the police force. The first series was so controversial in its depiction of the police force that official police advice was withdrawn for the second series.

Three series were made between 1998 and 2000. The programme won back-to-back British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) in the Best Drama Series category in 1999 and 2000, and was nominated for a third time in 2001 (losing out to Clocking Off).


  • Katy Cavanagh as PC Mel Draper
  • Rob Dixon as Sgt Edward Giffen
  • Jack Mardsen as PC Danny Rylands
  • John Henshaw as PC Roy Brammell
  • Clare McGlinn as PC Natalie Metcalf
  • Parvez Qadir as PC Jaz Shundara
  • Steve Garti as PC Colin Jellico
  • Danny Seward as PC Dean Wishaw
  • David Crellin as DS Alan Wakefield
  • Mark Chatterton as Chief Inspector Newland
  • Paul Cooke as Gang Leader S2

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