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Also known asCrimewatch UK
Based onAktenzeichen XY… ungelöst
Presented byNick Ross
Sue Cook
David Hatcher
Helen Phelps
Jacqui Hames
Pattie Coldwell
Jill Dando
Fiona Bruce
Rav Wilding
Kirsty Young
Matthew Amroliwala
Martin Bayfield
Jason Mohammad
Sophie Raworth
Jeremy Vine
Tina Daheley
Opening theme"Rescue Helicopter"
ComposerJohn Cameron
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series33
No. of episodes322 (list of episodes)
Executive producerJoe Mather
Production locationMultiple location(s)
Running time60 minutes
Original release
NetworkBBC One
Release7 June 1984 (1984-06-07) –
20 March 2017 (2017-03-20)
Crime Limited
Crimewatch File
Crimewatch Solved
Crimewatch Live

Crimewatch (formerly Crimewatch UK) is a British television programme produced by the BBC, that reconstructs major unsolved crimes in order to gain information from the public which may assist in solving the case. The programme was originally broadcast once a month on BBC One, although in the final years before cancellation it was usually broadcast roughly once every two months.

Crimewatch was first broadcast on 7 June 1984, and is based on the German TV show Aktenzeichen XY… ungelöst (which translates as File Reference XY … Unsolved). Nick Ross and Sue Cook presented the show for the first eleven years, until Cook's departure in June 1995. Cook was replaced by Jill Dando. After Dando was murdered in April 1999, Ross hosted Crimewatch alone until January 2000, when Fiona Bruce joined the show.[1]

Kirsty Young and Matthew Amroliwala replaced Ross and Bruce following their departures in 2007. The BBC announced on 15 October 2008 that they would move production of shows such as Crimewatch to studios in Cardiff.[2] Young and Amroliwala remained as the lead presenters until 2015. Following a brief period with guest presenter Sophie Raworth in 2016, it was announced that the show would relaunch in September 2016 with a new weekly format. The new presenters were announced as Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley.[3] The new series began on 5 September 2016, with the final episode broadcast on 20 March 2017.

In October 2017, the BBC announced that the main Crimewatch series had been cancelled, citing declining viewership.[4] The daytime spin-off series Crimewatch Roadshow (now Crimewatch Live) would continue to air, but will also air more episodes per year.[5] Crime NI, a similar live monthly programme in partnership with Crimestoppers UK, was aired from 3 September 2021 to 11 April 2022 on BBC One Northern Ireland and presented by Wendy Austin and Dearbhail McDonald.[6]


The idea for the show came from the UK programme Police 5 and the German Aktenzeichen XY… ungelöst (File Reference XY … Unsolved).[7] Producers viewed the shows and rejected the overt reconstructions with music to build suspense in America's Most Wanted, and were also against the idea of filming the reconstruction from the perspective of the offender as in Aktenzeichen XY… ungelöst (particularly for sexual assaults).[8] However, they favoured the idea of audience participation in the show.[8]

Originally, Crimewatch UK (as it was then known) was due to run for only three programmes.[9] It was regarded as an experiment when it was first shown due to doubts that the police would take part and[9] scepticism as to whether witnesses and victims would welcome the idea. There was also concern that it could be considered to prejudice a jury. In over 25 years, 57 murderers, 53 rapists and sex offenders, 18 paedophiles, and others were captured as a direct result of Crimewatch appeals.[citation needed]

The original theme music was "Rescue Helicopter" (1980) by John Cameron (Bruton Music).[10]

Show format[edit]

Main programme[edit]

Logo used after the show's name dropped the "UK" suffix (2008–2014)

Crimewatch used to be shown once a month on BBC One usually at 9pm, with a Crimewatch Update at 10.35 (following the BBC News at Ten). Since March 2011 the show aired less frequently, roughly once every two months.[11] It featured approximately three or four cases per show, with each case featuring reconstructions of the crime. It was one of the largest live factual studio productions. The films shown often feature interviews with senior detectives and/or relatives or friends of victims.[12] Key evidence is usually shown, such as E-FIT profiles of suspects and details of certain lines of enquiry.

Other features to the show included a "CCTV section", which showed crimes caught on CCTV with enhanced imagery of suspects. A "Wanted Faces" section was also featured: eight close-up pictures of suspects police are trying to trace are shown on screen. This section also frequently involves information about suspects, including aliases. These eight photos are shown upon the programme's closing credits, one of the few programmes in which the BBC do not 'show the credits in reduced size'.

Viewers could contact Crimewatch by phoning 0500 600 600, with the phone lines remaining open until midnight the night following the programme. Viewers could also send text messages to 63399. Due to the high demand for cases to be shown on the programme, many other cases are added to the Crimewatch website. These are joined by reconstructions, CCTV footage and wanted faces that have been shown on previous programmes. All reconstructions, CCTV footage, faces and cases remain on the Crimewatch website until the criminals are caught or suspects convicted. Crimewatch can be watched on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service for 24 hours from broadcast.

Crimewatch Update[edit]

Following the main programme, there was a 10–15 minute follow-up after the BBC News at Ten, with updates on calls and results from the earlier broadcast. This was removed when the show relaunched in September 2016.

Police involvement[edit]

Several police officers have appeared on the programme from the studio, including David Hatcher, Helen Phelps, Jeremy Paine, Jacqui Hames, Jonathan Morrison, Jane Corrigan, and Rav Wilding.[13] For many years the programme also included antiques experts John Bly, Eric Knowles and Paul Hayes to help with 'treasure trove' details of recovered goods believed to have been stolen.[12]

Despite initial police concerns about involvement[9] (only three forces out of more than 40 agreed to participate initially), Crimewatch developed a special status with police and was credited with an expertise of its own, notably through Nick Ross' long experience with public appeals. Unlike the American equivalent, America's Most Wanted, Crimewatch itself usually appeals for unsolved cases inviting viewers to be armchair detectives. According to the producers, about a third of its cases are solved, half of those as a direct result of viewers' calls. Its successes have included some of Britain's most notorious crimes, including the kidnap of Stephanie Slater and murder of Julie Dart, the M25 rapist, the road-rage killing by Kenneth Noye, and the capture of two boys for the abduction and murder of James Bulger.

Over the years, Crimewatch has featured appeals from all 43 police forces in the country. 1 in 3 appeals leads to an arrest and 1 in 5 lead to a conviction. 4 or 5 requests to air appeals are received from police forces every day.[citation needed]

Ratings and public response[edit]

At its peak, Crimewatch was seen by 14 million viewers per week. However, by 2017, credited to competition from other programmes, it had fallen to an average of 3 million.[5] At the time of the programme's 150th episode in January 1999, it was reported that the average viewing figures were 8 million.[14]

A study by the Broadcasting Standards Council found that Crimewatch increased the fear of crime in over half of its respondents, and a third said it made them feel "afraid".[15] However, according to John Sears, senior English lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University,[16][17] it provides a beneficial role, performing "a social function by helping to solve crime, and drawing on the collective responsibilities, experiences and knowledge of the viewing audience in order to do so."[18]


Lead presenters[edit]

Presenter Year Additional information
Nick Ross 1984–2007 The main anchor and longest-serving presenter of the series since its inception. His catchphrase, "Don't have nightmares, do sleep well" (which closed out most episodes), became a household phrase and was often spoofed in numerous other TV shows. During his time on the show, he had three co-presenters: Sue Cook, Jill Dando and Fiona Bruce. From May 1999 until January 2000, Ross presented the show alone following the murder of Jill Dando. He left the programme in July 2007 to concentrate on other broadcasting projects.
Sue Cook 1984–1995 British broadcaster and author, and first co-presenter of the series. Unlike her successors, Cook acted more as a second main anchor, sometimes presenting a larger segment of the programme than Ross. Cook left the series in June 1995 to focus on other broadcasting projects.
Jill Dando 1995–1999 British broadcaster and newsreader. Second co-presenter of the series, appointed following Sue Cook's departure. The edition of Crimewatch broadcast on 20 April 1999 would be Dando's last; she was murdered six days later (26 April). Her murder was reconstructed on the May 1999 programme, where an appeal for witnesses was made. Calls made by viewers initially draw the police onto a new line of enquiry, in which they identified suspect Barry George, who was later convicted of the killing, but was acquitted in August 2008 following an appeal. No further appeals for information were ever made on the programme, and the murder remains unsolved to this day.
Fiona Bruce 2000–2007 British broadcaster and newsreader. Third co-presenter of the series, appointed in January 2000 following the murder of Jill Dando the previous year. Bruce co-hosted with Ross until his departure in July 2007, but left the show in December 2007 to host Antiques Roadshow.
Kirsty Young 2008–2015 Former newsreader for ITV and Channel Five who became the main anchor of the show in January 2008. Young departed the series in December 2015 after seven years.[19]
Matthew Amroliwala 2008–2015 British newsreader who became the show's fourth co-presenter, Amroliwala hosted both the "How they were caught" and "update" segments. He left the show in March 2015 to focus on his other role of international affairs correspondent for BBC News.
Martin Bayfield 2012–2016 Former rugby player and policeman turned sports commentator, who took over from Rav Wilding in January 2012 as the presenter of the "Caught on Camera" segment. Bayfield was the only remaining full-time presenter on the show when the BBC chose to reboot the format, and did not return.
Jason Mohammad 2015–2016 British rugby commentator and journalist, who initially took over from Amroliwala for two months on a temporary basis, before returning in October 2015 as a full-time presenter. Mohammad did not return to the show when the format was rebooted in September 2016.
Jeremy Vine 2016–2017 British newsreader, presenter and journalist who took over as main anchor as part of a new rebooted format in September 2016, which saw the programme travel across the country and broadcast from the scene of one of the main appeals featured in the episode.
Tina Daheley 2016–2017 British newsreader and former BBC Radio 1 journalist who took over as co-presenter in September 2016, taking over the roles of both Mohammad and Bayfield, presenting the "Caught on Camera", "How they were caught" and "update" segments.

Police officers[edit]

Presenter Year Additional information
Chief Supt. David Hatcher 1984–1999 At the time of his appointment a Chief Inspector, Hatcher presented the "Photocall" and "Incident Desk" sections for 15 years. The first and longest-serving police officer to feature on the programme, Hatcher retired from the programme in July 1999 and the force in 2004, having reached the rank of Chief Superintendent. During his time on the show, he had two co-presenters: PC Helen Phelps and DS Jacqui Hames and was replaced by DCS Jeremy Paine.
PC Helen Phelps 1984–1990 Co-presenter of the "Photocall" and "Incident Desk" sections sections alongside David Hatcher for six years. She subsequently left the police to become a researcher for the programme and was replaced by Jacqui Hames.
DS Jacqui Hames 1990–2006 Succeeded Helen Phelps as co-presenter of the 'Photocall' section alongside David Hatcher. Remained with the show for 16 years, before quitting in 2005. Hames made her last apperance on the programme in January 2006. Co-presented the Friday episode of Crimewatch Roadshow in 2013.[20]
DCS Jeremy Paine 1999–2005 Joined the show in September 1999; previously appeared as a Senior Investigating Officer.[21]
PC Jonathan Morrison 2004–2005 Morrsion joined in May 2004 and was the first black police presenter in the programme's history.
Rav Wilding 2004–2011 A Detective Constable at the time of joining the show in June 2004 on its 20th anniversary, Wilding host a segment entitled "Caught on Camera", which replaced the previously featured "Photocall" section. Wilding departed the main show in December 2011, but continues to present the Crimewatch Roadshow.
DS Jane Corrigan 2006–2007 Succeeded Hames as co-presenter alongside Wilding; also appeared on Crimewatch Roadshow

Stand-in presenters[edit]

Presenter Year Additional information
Pattie Coldwell 1988 Co-presented episode broadcast in April 1988 as Sue Cook was unavailable.
Sian Williams 2012, 2015 Williams acted as main anchor in episodes broadcast in July 2012, May 2015 and October 2015, as Kirsty Young was unavailable.
Sonali Shah 2015 Presented four shows in the wake of Amroliwala's departure, before Jason Mohammad was appointed as a main presenter.
Sophie Raworth 2012, 2016 Took over as temporary main anchor following Kirsty Young's departure. She presented the first three shows of 2016, before the show was taken off-air and rebooted with Jeremy Vine as main anchor.

Featured cases[edit]


Title Notes Airdate
The murder of Sheila Anderson 26 February 2009, 30 March 2009[22]
The murder of Colette Aram The first case to be featured on the show[23] 7 June 1984
The death of Helen Bailey
The murder of Penny Bell One of Britain's most famous unsolved murders[24] 12 September 1991[25]
The disappearance of Lee Boxell
The murder of Emma Caldwell 15 June 2005[26]
The murder of Deborah Linsley 14 April 1988[27]
The murder of Sally Anne Bowman
The murder of Janet Brown 18 May 1995[28]
The murder of James Bulger 18 February 1993[29]
The murder of Jill Dando 18 May 1999[30]
The murder of Milly Dowler
The disappearance of Charlene Downes 4 December 2014[31]
The murder of Caroline Glachan 1996 and September 2016[32]
The murder of Helen Gorrie 15 October 1992[33]
The murder of Daniel Handley
The murder of Ann Heron 4 October 1990[34]
The murder of Danielle Jones
The murder of Rhys Jones
The murder of Sophie Lancaster
The murder of Stephen Lawrence
The murder of Brian McDermott 22 October 2003[35]
The murder of Rachel Nickell
The murder of Nisha Patel-Nasri
The murder of Sarah Payne
The murders of Eve Stratford and Lynne Weedon DNA shows both were killed by the same person in separate incidents in London, 1975 23 April 2015[36]
The death of Damilola Taylor
The murder of Mark Tildesley
The stabbing of Abigail Witchalls
The murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman
The disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh
The murders of Jacqueline Ansell-Lamb and Barbara Mayo Unsolved murders in 1970 believed to be committed by the same person 17 January 1991[37]
The kidnapping and murder of Julie Dart
The murder of Julie Pacey Featured again after a new DNA development. The 2015 appeal caused the arrest of the actor who played the murderer, after viewers mistakenly identified him as the killer[38] 3 November 1994,[39] 28 July 2015[40]
The kidnapping of Stephanie Slater
The murder of Claire Tiltman 18 February 1993[29]
The disappearance of Claudia Lawrence
The New Cross double murder
The Joanna Yeates murder
The disappearance and murder of Melanie Hall Her case featured both after she disappeared in 1996 and after her remains were finally discovered in 2009 5 November 1996,[41] 28 October 2009[42]
The murder of Elaine Doyle in Greenock
The murders of the Sharkey family Whose house was deliberately set on fire in Helensburgh, Scotland.
The murder of Rachel Hudson Her case featured after her remains were discovered in 2004
The 2007 Penhallow Hotel fire 20 February 2008[43]
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Suspects and criminal offenders[edit]

Title Notes Airdate
Sidney Cooke Suspected murderer of Mark Tildesley
John Cooper Murderer
Tony Alexander King a.k.a. Tony Bromwich Originally known as the "Holloway Strangler", fled to southern Spain after he featured on Crimewatch before murdering two people[44] 2 September 1997[44]
Delroy Grant 'The night stalker', burglar and serial rapist of elderly women.
Allan Grimson Suspected serial killer who always killed on 12 December, and who is believed to have killed up to 20 people across naval bases around the world. Prime suspect in the disappearance of sailor Simon Parkes from Gibraltar on 12 December 1986.[45][46] 5 October 2005[46]
Christopher Halliwell Discussed in relation to media speculation linking him to the unsolved murder of Sally Ann John[47] 20 March 2017[47]
Antoni Imiela The M25 rapist
Bible John A serial killer who murdered three young women in Glasgow, Scotland in the late 1960s
Fred Lawlor Child abuser and murderer
Fiona Mont Formerly Britain's Most Wanted Woman
The Motorway Monster Unidentified murderer who killed two hitchhikers in separate incidents on motorways in 1970 17 January 1991[37]
Kenneth Noye Murderer
'Overalls Man'[39][40] Mysterious prime suspect in the murder of Julie Pacey. After a 2015 re-appeal on the case, confused viewers mistakenly called in to report that the (innocent) actor who played the suspect, Steve Watson, was the killer[38] 3 November 1994, 28 July 2015[39][40]
Batman rapist Subject to Britain's longest-running serial rape investigation. The offender is still unidentified[48] 25 January 2000[49]
Michael Sams Rapist, kidnapper, extortionist and murderer
Joel Smith Murderer
Michael Stone Murderer
Dena Thompson Woman known as the 'Black Widow', murdered her second husband for financial gain and also stole money from many other partners. She was also tried for the attempted murder of her third husband. 6 January 2009[50]
Peter Tobin A serial killer who murdered Vicky Hamilton, Dinah McNicol and Angelika Kluk
Steve Wright A serial killer in the Ipswich serial murders
2011 England riots A special edition was aimed at identifying those who committed offences during that month's riots.[51][52] 18 August 2011


Series Start date End date Episodes Main presenter(s) Co-presenter(s) Police officers
1 7 June 1984 20 December 1984 6[53] Nick Ross Sue Cook
Pattie Coldwell (April 1988)
David Hatcher
Helen Phelps[a]
2 21 January 1985 12 December 1985 9[53]
3 30 January 1986 18 December 1986 10[53]
4 29 January 1987 8 December 1987 10[53]
5 12 January 1988 8 December 1988 10[53]
6 12 January 1989 7 December 1989 11[53]
7 18 January 1990 6 December 1990 10[53] David Hatcher[b]
Jacqui Hames (Episodes 4–10)
Colin Fry (Episode 4)
8 17 January 1991 5 December 1991 10[53] David Hatcher
Jacqui Hames
9 23 January 1992 10 December 1992 10[53]
10 21 January 1993 9 December 1993 10[53]
11 20 January 1994 2 December 1994 10[53]
12 19 January 1995 13 December 1995 10[53] Sue Cook (Episodes 1–6)
Jill Dando (Episodes 7–10)
13 25 January 1996 10 December 1996 10[53] Jill Dando
14 14 January 1997 16 December 1997 13[53]
15 27 January 1998 15 December 1998 13[53]
16 26 January 1999 14 December 1999 10[53] Jill Dando (Episodes 1–4)
No co-host (Episodes 5–10)
David Hatcher (Episodes 1–8)
Jacqui Hames
17 25 January 2000 13 December 2000 11[53] Fiona Bruce Jacqui Hames
18 24 January 2001 20 December 2001 12[53]
19 13 February 2002 18 December 2002 13[53]
20 5 February 2003 17 December 2003 11[53]
21 27 January 2004 14 December 2004 11[53] Jacqui Hames
Rav Wilding (Episodes 6–11)
22 1 February 2005 20 December 2005 12[53] Jacqui Hames
Rav Wilding
23 31 January 2006 20 December 2006 11[53] Rav Wilding
Jacqui Hames (Episode 1)
Jane Corrigan (Episodes 2–11)
24 8 February 2007 20 December 2007 10[54] Nick Ross (Episodes 1–6)
Fiona Bruce (Episodes 7–10)
Fiona Bruce (Episodes 1–6) Rav Wilding
Jane Corrigan
25 23 January 2008 15 December 2008 10[54] Kirsty Young Matthew Amroliwala Rav Wilding[c]
26 27 January 2009 21 December 2009 10[54]
27 27 January 2010 14 December 2010 10[54]
28 26 January 2011 15 December 2011 8[54]
29 26 January 2012 21 November 2012 8[54] Kirsty Young
Sophie Raworth (Episode 2)
Sian Williams (Episode 5)
Matthew Amroliwala
Martin Bayfield (Episodes 2–8)
30 14 February 2013 28 November 2013 8[54] Kirsty Young Matthew Amroliwala
Martin Bayfield
31 22 January 2014 4 December 2014 8[54]
32 21 January 2015 14 December 2015 8[54] Kirsty Young
Sian Williams (Episodes 3 & 6)
Martin Bayfield (Episodes 1–5, 7–8)
Matthew Amroliwala (Episodes 1–2)
Sonali Shah (Episodes 3–6)
Jason Mohammad (Episodes 6–8)
33 8 February 2016 10 March 2016 2[54] Sophie Raworth Martin Bayfield
Jason Mohammad
34 5 September 2016 26 September 2016 4[54] Jeremy Vine Tina Daheley
35 27 February 2017 20 March 2017 3[54]
  1. ^ Absent for Episodes 2 and 3 of Series 4 (1987) and Episode 6 of Series 6 (1989)
  2. ^ Absent for Episode 4 and was replaced by Colin Fry
  3. ^ Absent for Episodes 2 and 3 of Series 28 (2011)


Crimewatch File[edit]

First aired on 10 August 1988, Crimewatch File is an hour-long programme devoted to the reconstruction and investigation of a single case including cases that the programme has previously helped to solve.[55] Presented by Nick Ross and Sue Cook concurrently (with Jill Dando taking over from Cook in 1996), more than thirty editions aired until April 2000, when the final edition, fronted by Ross, was broadcast. Following this, in latter years of the main Crimewatch programme, episodes would regularly feature segments and reports in a very similar vein to Crimewatch File.

Crime Limited[edit]

Crime Limited was the second spin-off from Crimewatch which took cameras behind the scenes of the crimes. The first series aired on BBC One over ten episodes in 1992 and was presented by Nick Ross[56] and Sue Cook. A second series ran in 1993 and a third series ran in 1994.[57][58]

Crimewatch Extra[edit]

First aired in late 1998,[59] Crimewatch Extra was a short-lived spin-off from the main programme, which would give updates and reports received on the cases featured in the previous month's programme. Broadcast on BBC Choice,[60] the series was presented by Emma Howard. Around ten episodes were broadcast, with the final episode airing on 25 August 1999.[61]

Crimewatch Extra transmissions[edit]

Title Airdate Presenter(s)
Crimewatch Extra 1 8 February 1999[61] Emma Howard[62]
Crimewatch Extra 2 9 March 1999[63]
Crimewatch Extra 3 6 April 1999[64]
Crimewatch Extra 4 6 May 1999[65]
Crimewatch Extra 5 2 June 1999[66]
Crimewatch Extra 6 30 June 1999[67]
Crimewatch Extra 7 28 July 1999[68]
Crimewatch Extra 8 25 August 1999[69]

Crimewatch Solved[edit]

Beginning on 10 August 1999, a new yearly programme entitled Crimewatch: Solved was transmitted, showing cases previously featured on the programme that resulted in convictions.[70] Aside from 2002, a new edition was broadcast every year until 2010, when the thirteenth and final edition aired on 1 September 2010.

Crimewatch Live[edit]

The BBC has aired a number of weekday Crimewatch programmes. Originally shown between 2000 and 2001, Crimewatch Daily was the first daily version of the programme, aired between 10:00 and 11:00am on weekday mornings, that appealed for help with unsolved cases not covered in the main programme. Originally shown between 2009 and 2020, Crimewatch Roadshow was the second daily version of the programme, that was broadcast on weekdays from 9:15 to 10:00am. From 8 March 2021, the show's name was changed to Crimewatch Live and is aired between 10.00 and 10:45am on weekday mornings.

Crimewatch Specials[edit]

Crimewatch also aired a number of one-off programmes.

First aired on 21 May 1997, Crimewatch: Hot Property was a one-off special presented by Jill Dando. The programme's aim was to help people find their stolen property that were recovered in police raids.[71]

Crimewatch Specials transmissions[edit]

Subtitle Airdate Presenter(s)
Hot Property 21 May 1997[71] Jill Dando
Cracking Crime: Don't Have Nightmares 18 September 2002[72] Nick Ross
Fiona Bruce
Peter Snow
Killer on Camera 12 March 2008[73] Kirsty Young
On the Streets 1 17 March 2008[74]
The Killing of Sally Ann Bowman 8 April 2008[75]
Innocent: the Colin Stagg Story 18 December 2008[76]
On the Streets 2 7 May 2009[77] Kirsty Young
On the Streets 3 11 August 2009[78]
Catch Me If You Can: Murderers 17 May 2011[79] Philip Glenister
Taken: The Milly Dowler Story 30 June 2011[80] Kirsty Young
Riots Caught on Camera 18 August 2011[81] Rav Wilding
Catch Me If You Can: Armed Robbers 6 September 2011[82] Philip Glenister
Caught in the Crossfire 23 August 2012[83] Kirsty Young

New Zealand version[edit]

A New Zealand version of Crimewatch was broadcast on TVNZ from 1987 until 1996 and was replaced by NZI Crimescene which was aired in 1997 and 1998. It was shown once a month on TV One.

In its first year, Crimewatch was shown on fourth Mondays at 8pm before moving to fourth Tuesdays at 8pm in 1988 and 8.30pm from 1989 (with a Crimewatch Update aired at around 11pm) until mid-1996. The programme moved to TV2 on 1 August 1996 and aired at 8.30pm on a fourth Thursday until it ended later that year.

Ian Johnstone presented the New Zealand version throughout its entire run, and was joined by Natalie Brunt (1987–88), Carol Hirschfeld (1989–93), Tiana Tofilau (1994) and Mairanga White (1995–96) as successive co-presenters. Calls to the show's special phoneline helped police solve approximately 1,400 cases.[84]

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