Murder Prevention

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Murder Prevention
Also known as Murder Prevention Unit
Created by Declan Croghan
Written by Declan Croghan
Directed by Justin Chadwick
Julian Simpson
Jeremy Lovering
Starring Conor Mullen
Mark Lewis Jones
Sean Gallagher
Michael Smiley
Sarah Smart
Tom Brooke
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Simon Heath
Producer(s) Eleanor Greene
Running time 48 minutes
Production company(s) World Productions
Original network Five
Picture format 16:9 576i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 30 October (2004-10-30) – 4 December 2004 (2004-12-04)
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Murder Prevention was a British police drama inspired by the real-life Homicide Prevention Unit within the Metropolitan Police. It was produced for Five by World Productions who previously produced the television series The Cops.[1] The series consisted of three two-part stories.[2] Later repeats edited the two-parters so that they were screened as three longer running episodes.[3]

According to creator Declan Croghan, "Murder Prevention is the first pre-crime drama ever, anywhere."[1]


The series followed the work of the fictitious Murder Prevention Unit (MPU) as they attempted to prevent murders from taking place. By using modern scientific techniques and basic police instinct, the unit's aim was to gather enough evidence of intent to kill in order to arrest potential murderers.[1]



No. Title Directed by Written by British air date UK viewers
1 "False Prophet: Part One" Justin Chadwick Declan Croghan 30 October 2004 (2004-10-30) 1.71m
The team are closing in on a convicted sex offender, but are missing a crucial piece of evidence; and newcomer DC Mark Rosen is set on the trail of a paedophile who may be carrying out his former cellmate's work.
2 "False Prophet: Part Two" Justin Chadwick Declan Croghan 6 November 2004 (2004-11-06) 1.29m
DC Gibney befriends Mrs Cullen, while Paul is placed under surveillance and the team wait for him to crack. Sally Brook takes drastic measures to escape Gibson. Sgt Lloyd and DC Stanton are outraged but Lloyd implements his own form of justice.
3 "Last Man Out: Part One" Julian Simpson Declan Croghan 13 November 2004 (2004-11-13) Under 1.15m
The unit tracks a contract killer whose next victim has yet to be identified, and an escalating series of assaults on women at a nightclub.
4 "Last Man Out: Part Two" Julian Simpson Declan Croghan 20 November 2004 (2004-11-20) 1.29m
DC Hughes goes under cover at the 505 in an attempt to draw out the man guilty of the recent spate of attacks. DC Stanton and Sgt Lloyd track the former IRA contract killer to a conference of leading Lebanese businessmen.
5 "Judgement Day: Part One" Jeremy Lovering Declan Croghan 27 November 2004 (2004-11-27) 1.21m
The unit tracks an arsonist recently released from prison because of a police error, and a prostitute subject to violent rages who is likely to kill.
6 "Judgement Day: Part Two" Jeremy Lovering Declan Croghan 4 December 2004 (2004-12-04) Under 1.20m
DC Stanton tests the arson suspect's alibi, while Sgt Lloyd and DC Hughes continue surveillance of his sister's house. DCs Gibney and Rosen ignore orders to continue their pursuit of the violent prostitute, Gemma.


  1. ^ a b c "Murder Prevention - A New Drama Series For Five" (Press release). Five. 2004-10-11. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Memorable TV - Murder Prevention". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ "BFI - Film & TV database - Murder Prevention". BFI. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
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