Gun and gang crime is now part of life in Britain’s major cities and London has been hit the hardest with on average, two people shot every day. For the first time, Wild Pictures exclusively films on the frontline with CO19, the firearms division of the Metropolitan Police, the unit charged with tackling London’s gun criminals.
At a time when CO19 was still awaiting the inquest into the shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes, In the Line of Fire’s producers gained unprecedented access to the unit. They follow its officers for four months at close quarters to provide a rare and compelling insight into one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain, where split second decisions can mean the difference between life and death. We see the use of heavy force to tackle those CO19 believe to pose a threat and watch as they address pressures from media scrutiny.
In the Line of Fire provides a unique perspective on the sheer scale and nature of gun crime in London today.
Executive Producer: Paul Hamann
Series Producer: Tom Anstiss
Producer/Director: Jamie Berry
Editors: Jamie Hay, Mark Senior & Fred Hart
Director of Photography: Steve Organ
Composer: Ernie Wood
Narrator: Ken Stott
Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment