‘This exceptional two-part documentary gains access for the first time to CO19, the Metropolitan Police’s armed response unit….The sheer danger faced by CO19’s 550 officers comes screaming off the TV screen.’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘…provides viewers with a rare and compelling insight into a dangerous job, where split-second decisions can make the difference between life and death.’

- The Observer

This impressive warts and all footage is an eye-opener – never before has a British police force agreed to show its hardline tactics so openly.’

- News of the World

‘This two-part documentary gets inside the firearms division of the Met for a close-up view of their training and frontline work.’

- Daily Mail

‘Critic’s Choice’

- Daily Mail

‘Pick of the Day’

- The Observer

In the Line of Fire

2 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 10th, 17th February 2009 on ITV1

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: TBC Media Rights


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