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Will Mellor and Howard Groves

Will Mellor and Howard Groves

ITN Productions has been recommissioned to make Cops Gone Bad for A+E Networks EMEA, set to premiere on Crime+Investigation and Crime+Investigation Play across the UK in 2024. Presented by actor and presenter Will Mellor and co-produced by ITN Productions and Krempelwood, the brand-new series (7x60) follows on from the success of Cops Who Kill, which was Crime + Investigation Channel’s top-rated premiere for 16 to 34s in 2023.

Cops Gone Bad will include seven new cases and this time will not only be exposing cops who have killed, but also fraudsters, swindlers, sexual predators and drug dealers. Will is back with his team of experts including retired Detective Chief Inspector Howard Groves and forensic psychologist Serena Simmons. Joining them this series is former Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Hill, who has been investigating serious crime for over 30 years.  Will and his team of specialists will delve behind the headlines and explore what made those in a position of trust abuse their power so devastatingly.

Will Mellor said, “I’m really pleased to be back for Cops Gone Bad. In this series we’ll be examining cases of corrupt officers from the UK, US and Australia, and whilst the majority of cops do an amazing job every day, it’s important to hold those that don’t, to account.”

The cases on which Will lifts the lid in this series are:

David Carrick - the former metropolitan police officer and one of Britain’s worst serial rapists.

Kashif Mahmood - a former met officer who exploited his position to steal hundreds of thousands of pounds from criminal gangs.

Martin Forshaw - a former Cheshire police constable who murdered his fiancée and tried to make it look like a car accident.

Rodney Whitchelo - a former Metropolitan police officer who contaminated baby and dog food and put it on supermarket shelves as part of a bizarre extortion plot.

Michael Coulton - a police officer assigned to royal protection duties at Buckingham Palace who hatched an elaborate plan to murder his wife.

From the USA Drew Peterson American cop who murdered his third wife in her bathroom and tried to make it look like an accident, a fact that only came to light when police started investigating him over the disappearance of his fourth wife.  

And from Australia the case of Mark Standen, an ex-chief investigative officer at the New South Wales Crime Commission, was found guilty of conspiracy to import and deal drugs on a massive scale.  

The series was commissioned and executive produced by Dan Korn, VP of Programming at A+E Networks EMEA, with Diana Carter, Commissioning Editor and Head of Talent at A+E Networks EMEA. 

Dan Korn, VP of Programming, said, ‘’At a time when police conduct is under greater scrutiny than ever, Crime+Investigation is leading the way in exploring cases from the recent past which reveal where and how the many problems in policing culture have emerged”.

Caroline Short, Executive Producer for ITN Productions, said: “We are delighted to work alongside Will Mellor and Crime and Investigation on this series which exposes wrongdoing from those in a position of power and trust.”

Blair Krempel and Mark Wood, Executive Producers for Krempelwood, said: "Having funded the successful series Cops Who Kill, we’re delighted to be back working with ITN Productions and Crime + Investigation in financing Cops Gone Bad; we love a returning series."

Cops Gone Bad premieres on Crime+Investigation in the UK and across Europe in 2024.

In the UK, it will also be available on Crime+Investigation Play.


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About Crime + Investigation

Crime + Investigation® opens the door to the complex, compelling world of real crime, taking viewers on a journey in pursuit of truth, justice, and a better understanding of criminal behaviour. Each journey is personal and emotional, telling the story through investigators, experts, and those most affected. The channel is home to top-rating series such as Crimes That Shook Britain, Britain’s Darkest Taboos, Homicide Hunter, and Cold Case Files. CI is available in more than 50million households in eighteen languages.

About A+E Networks EMEA

At A+E Networks EMEA, we share stories that matter everywhere, anywhere. A leader in factual entertainment, our compelling, award-winning content connects with millions across the UK, Nordics, Benelux, Germany, Italy, Spain, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Our portfolio of premium brands – The HISTORY® Channel, Crime + Investigation®, HISTORY2®, BLAZE®, and COSMO TV® - inspire and excite viewers with hit franchises (Forged in Fire), must-see dramas (Vikings) and original commissions (The Hunt for Baltic Gold and Ross Kemp: Shipwreck Treasure Hunter). Our stories are global and local, linear, and digital, and always compelling. With offices in London, Rome, Madrid, Warsaw, Munich, and Johannesburg, we are a truly international company that celebrates difference and diversity.

About ITN Productions

Formed in 2010, ITN Productions is ITN’s Oscar-nominated, multi-award-winning in-house production company producing non-fiction content for UK broadcasters and networks around the world.  

ITN Productions is the world leader in fast-turnaround documentaries and live debate programmes as well as high-rating popular factual series, current affairs and access docs, short-form docs and biographies for major international broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, PBS, Discovery+, Netflix, Amazon, Peacock, Oxygen, Paramount Plus, Lifetime and CBS.

Specialists in producing true crime documentaries across a range of high-profile cases which have included: Lost Boy: The Killing of James Bulger; The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews (Channel 5); Secrets of the Krays (BritBox and ITV) and Gaby Petito: The Murder That Gripped the World (Peacock)

Other long-running programmes and recent commissions include: Jeremy Vine (Channel 5); The Confession (Amazon);  Michael Palin: Into Iraq (Channel 5); the flagship political analysis series, The Andrew Neil Show (Channel 4); History 101 (Netflix); Dirty Rotten Scammers (BBC One); Sir Trevor McDonald and Charlene White: Has George Floyd Changed Britain? (ITV); Love Rats (Paramount Plus), The Flipside (BBC) and Doctors of War: Saving Lives(Channel 5); BAFTA award-winning and Oscar nominated For Sama, a co-production with Channel 4 News (Channel 4 and PBS Frontline); Harry and Meghan: An African Journey (ITV and ABC); observational series Chatsworth and Christmas at Liberty (Channel 4) and Live: Britain's Next PM - The Channel 4 Debate for Channel 4.