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The Met: Policing London - Series One

The Met: Policing London provides insight into one of the city’s most vital services and some of the 49,000 men and women whose job it is to protect the 8 million people who call London home. 

  • Updated Tuesday 30th June 2015
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The Met - group shot of all the police officers against the backdrop of London Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC In this landmark series for BBC ONE produced by The Open University/BBC, London’s Metropolitan Police give special access to show the complexities of policing one of the most diverse cities in the world. From the top brass at New Scotland Yard to the day-to-day work of response officers on the ground, the series provides a unique insight into Britain’s biggest police force and the 8 million people they’ve sworn to protect. 

During the series we're taken behind the scenes with management at New Scotland Yard as The Met plans their response to one of the biggest issues it’s faced in decades – the verdict of an inquiry into the death of Mark Duggan, a black man from Tottenham who was shot in 2011 by an armed police officer.

Painstaking investigations are shown including one to apprehend the killers of an innocent man, the other to catch a sex attacker who is targeting Muslim women. There's also tragic insight into tragic cases such as a young mother who is arrested for killing her baby. We also go behind the scenes for the policing of the biggest public event in The Met’s calendar, Notting Hill Carnival and explore the impact of gangs and the ripple effect on society.

Here on Openlearn, we've provided a wealth of content to complement the series and help aid your knowledge of crime, punishment and policing. You can:

The first episode of The Met: Policing London airs on BBC ONE on Monday 8th June 2015 at 9.00pm and on BBC Scotland at 10.35pm. Full broadcast details, and watch again links can be found on

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The Open University's academics, including Louise Westmarland - academic consultant on The Met: Policing London, are taking place in a series of talks on the world of crime as part of Student Hub Live, a free online event  being streamed live from The Open University between 16th and 18th June. These events are open to anyone: 

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Episode Five

A Metropolitan Police Officer sits in a police van Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Filmed over the course of year, The Met: Policing London follows officers of Britain’s biggest and busiest police service as they deal with life, death, crime and it’s victims, all across the capital.

In the past year, over 2000 officers have joined the ranks of the Metropolitan police, tasked with keeping the streets of London safe for it’s 8 million residents, 24 hours a day. Over 50% of new Met officers are from outside London and recruit, Yorkshireman Tom Hebblethwaite, has his work cut out finding his way around the city streets. During Tom’s on-the-ground training he must achieve some vital goals from making an arrest to learning to march before he can graduate and ‘pass out’ in front of top cop and fellow northerner, Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

The streets of London are a challenge for even the most experienced police constables and response officers Caroline Hay and Karl Davies are old hands at dealing with the ups-and-downs of policing the public in Camden, North London. Whilst putting up with verbal abuse from angry buskers is just part of the job, it’s protecting some of societies more vulnerable individuals that makes Caroline reflect on why she joined the service.

In East London, Detective Jason Weald is nearing retirement and must call on his years of experience to get to the bottom of the tragic death of a four-month-old baby. His team struggle to keep their personal and professional opinions separate as the quest to find justice in this emotional case divides the homicide detectives. 

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Episode One The first episode of The Met: Policing London looks at the verdict surrounding the killing of Mark Duggan by an armed... Read more
Episode Two Mistaken identity leaves a young father dead and police struggle to find the killer in the second episode of The Met. Read more
Episode Three Trident, the Met's specialist gang unit, tackle drug dealers in South London and knife crime in this episode of BBC... Read more
Episode Four This episode of OU/BBC's The Met: Policing London looks at tackling the city's crime after dark - from abusive drunks... Read more
Episode Five In the final episode of OU/BBC's The Met a new recruit learns his way around the London streets and Homicide... Read more


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