Police Camera Action!

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Police, Camera, Action!
Presented byAlastair Stewart (1994–2009)
Adrian Simpson (2007–2009)
Gethin Jones (2010)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series14
No. of episodes95 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Optomen Television
Carlton Television (1994–2002)
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Original release7 September 1994 (1994-09-07) – 18 August 2010 (2010-08-18)
Related showsPolice Stop!

Police, Camera, Action! is a police video programme made by Optomen Television, originally broadcast on ITV with repeats airing on ITV4. It was originally commissioned through Carlton Television.

It was presented by Alastair Stewart from 1994 until 2002, until his second drink-driving conviction led to a temporary suspension, before he resumed his role with Adrian Simpson from 2007 until its cancellation three years later. In 2010, the final ever series of the programme was presented by Gethin Jones.


The first episode broadcast on 7 September 1994 was known as Police Stop!, which was also the name of a similar police programme available initially on VHS video and later on Sky1. To this date, it is the only episode not to be repeated on Men & Motors or ITV4. A spin-off book of the series was released in 1996 by Ebury Press, which was written by Peter Gillbe with a foreword by Alastair Stewart and which featured police footage of bad driving. The book had some footage stills which were not shown on the TV episodes.

In 2003, the programme was suspended due to Stewart's second drink-driving conviction when he was found to have crashed into a telegraph pole whilst three times over the legal limit.[1] This delayed transmission of some unaired episodes until 17 January 2006. The programme resumed with Stewart introducing the series from a studio on 24 September 2007, joined by Adrian Simpson, who reported from location and provided voice-overs to the clips. A week before the new series began, there was a special 'Ultimate Pursuits/Best of Police Camera Action!' edition, presented by Stewart. 

Logo from the Original 1994 Series.

The last ever series was aired from 29 July – 18 August 2010, presented by Gethin Jones.


Each episode has a subtitle relating to the type of police video footage such as "Safety Last" or "Driven to Distraction". It typically features police footage and occasional media footage relating to bad driving and road crime. However, this has not always been so, with special episodes "The Liver Run" (featuring the Metropolitan Police undertaking an organ transplant escort)[2] and "The Man Who Shot OJ", focusing on the work of helicopter cameraman and pilot Bob Tur (now known as Zoey) in Los Angeles. This episode also looked at the controversies behind the O.J. Simpson trial. In later series of the show, footage from Bob Tur and the Los Angeles News Service would feature more prominently in certain episodes.


See also[edit]

  • Police Stop! – programme released on VHS and later broadcast on Sky1 with a similar format.
  • Road Wars – seen as the replacement to Police Stop! and runs to a similar format to the more recent Police, Camera, Action! episodes.
  • Street Law – also known as Street Wars. Broadcast on Sky1, Sky2, and Pick TV.
  • Police Interceptors – programme following traffic police in Essex and South Yorkshire. Broadcast on Channel 5.
  • Traffic Cops – sometimes broadcast as Motorway Cops or Car Wars. BBC programme with similar format.
  • Brit Cops – a police show broadcast on Sky (originally on Bravo and then Virgin1).
  • Street Crime UK – a similar show broadcast on Bravo.


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