Traffic Cops

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Traffic Cops
Traffic Cops (TV series) titlecard.jpg
Also known as
  • All New Traffic Cops (2016–17)
  • All New Traffic Cops: Under Attack (2017)
  • Traffic Cops: On The Edge (2018)
Directed by Bruce Lippold
Narrated by Jamie Theakston (2003–2015, 2016–)
Steven Mackintosh (2016)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 16
No. of episodes 101 (as of 19 December 2016) (list of episodes)
Production location(s) United Kingdom
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Mentorn
Distributor Passion Distribution
Original network BBC One (2003–2015)
BBC Three (2016)
Channel 5 (2016–)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 18 March 2003 (2003-03-18) – present
Related shows Motorway Cops
Sky Cops

Traffic Cops is a British documentary series broadcast on Channel 5 (and formerly on BBC One) which follows Road Policing Units from various UK police forces. It has consistently been one of the most watched factual series on UK television.


The show follows the day-to-day role of a traffic officer and the incidents they come across. The majority of filming takes place at the scene of incidents, with occasional cuts to police stations and interview rooms. Locations include Yorkshire, Hampshire, Cheshire, Humberside, South Wales, and Bedfordshire.[1]

The last series followed Officers from the Roads Policing Group and Road Crime Team from North Yorkshire Police, as well as the Roads Policing Unit from West Yorkshire Police. Previous series have followed the Yorkshire & The Humber Regional Roads Crime Team, West Yorkshire Police, Cheshire Constabulary, Hampshire Constabulary, Humberside Police, South Wales Police, South Yorkshire Police, Sussex Police, Bedfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

The show is currently airing on Channel 5, branded as Traffic Cops: On The Edge. It remains following the Roads Policing Unit, and the Operational Support Units. It also follows some promoted officers in their role on district as they continue policing the roads.


Traffic Cops, along with its spin-off series Motorway Cops, are produced by Folio Productions, a subsidiary of Mentorn Media. Both shows were broadcast on the BBC until 2016. Between 2003 and 2015, Jamie Theakston narrated the programme. On 28 June 2016, Mentorn Media announced that the show had been recomissioned by Channel 5, and would mark a return of Jamie Theakston with an "expanded on-screen role". [2]


Perhaps the most notable episode of the show featured footage of the May 2008 double suicide attempt of Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, which occurred on the M6 motorway in front of a production team as they accompanied officers to the scene.

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  1. ^ "Traffic Cops - Episode guide - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2018-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 

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