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OU on the BBC: Our Crime

Updated Monday 2nd April 2012

We unpack and re-tell human stories behind the criminal act through the sometimes shocking images of youth crime caught on camera.

A youth poses with a mobile phone Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC A teenager shows a crime filmed on mobile phone

Every two minutes in the UK a teenager will commit a criminal offence. Many of these misdemeanours are caught on the four million CCTV cameras nationwide, whilst others are captured in self-shot footage from both victims and perpetrators. For some, this 'Orwellian' surveillance captures moments that change a life forever. Whether it is the last glimpses of a loved one before an attack, or the damning evidence that convicts a person to a long spell in jail, these often shocking snapshots of criminal Britain can mask a myriad of complex motives, twists of fate, and consequences.Understand Youth Justice Practice - Learn with The Open University

As part of the BBC Three Criminal Britain season, this new series, co-produced by The Open University, will draw on frank interviews with those captured on film, to uncover just what was really going on in these scenes of violence and misdemeanor; seeking to answer the wider questions of why young people are driven to commit criminal acts, what the lines are between rowdy teen behaviour and criminality; and just what the long-term effects of crime on the victim, their families, and friends, are.

Our Crime series start on BBC Three at 9.00pm on Monday 2nd April 2012. For further broadcast details, and to watch online where available, visit bbc.co.uk

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