Crimewatch is cancelled
The long-running series Crimewatch has been cancelled.
The police reconstruction show, which was presented by Jeremy Vine, has aired on the BBC for 33 years. The BBC will be replacing it with two series of daytime show Crimewatch Roadshow instead.
A BBC spokesperson said: “We believe the successful Crimewatch Roadshow format in daytime is the best fit for the brand going forward and we will increase the number of episodes to make two series a year.
“We are incredibly proud of Crimewatch and the great work it has done over the years and the work Crimewatch Roadshow will continue to do, and this move will also allow us to create room for new innovative programmes in peak time on BBC One.”
During the last 33 years, Crimewatch has helped solve a number of high profile cases – including the identification of toddler James Bulger’s killers in 1993.
Other high profile cases solved with the help of Crimewatch include the murders of Lin and Megan Russell in 1997, Sarah Payne in 2001 and the capture of the M25 Rapist in 2002.
The series was originally commisioned for three episodes in 1984. Since the first episode, every police force in the UK has been involved and the series has even gone global by working with appeals for America’s Most Wanted.