The last time the British Broadcasting Corporation hosted a main Crimewatch programme was on 10 March 2016 which means it's been off air for almost five months.
I, personally, thought the BBC had quietly brushed Crimewatch under the carpet to focus on their morning edition, Crimewatch Roadshow, on BBC One. In truth, they were re-evaluating the entire production, giving it some much needed tweaking.
Fiona Bruce did well since Nick Ross' departure from the crime-busting programme after an incredible 23 year run at its helm way back in 2007, however since her departure, Crimewatch has missed something and that's a duo presenting team comprising of one man & one woman.
Kirsty Young did not suit Crimewatch at all, she was dragging the show to the ground, why did she have to present Crimewatch? Was Moira Stuart not available? Moira would have been an ideal candidate to be at the frontline of such an important programme.
To be fair to Kirsty Young, it was not all her fault. The production team, in their infinite wisdom, decided changing the whole set was a good idea, well, it wasn't. The new set which Kirsty debuted was very dull, did not have a personality to it, and the lighting was terrible. - From then on, it didn't feel like Crimewatch at all.
Having two alternate presenters with Kirsty was a bad move as well. It would have been much better if they used their own tried and tested method and had real-life police officers reporting on the show like Jacqui Hames & Rav Wilding, amongst others, did previously. - Martin Bayfield was an absolute joke.
The BBC has seemed to have phased out the usage of E-FIT's (Electronic Facial Imaging Technique), not altogether, but Crimewatch was full of them in the 90's, now it seems like they are not caring either way if they're on or not. - We need to have those back on. When I was growing up my Mum used to tell me to never watch Crimewatch because it's scary. I watched it regardless and used to be terrified going to bed because of the E-FIT's. Surely I'm not the only one who used to lie to their parents saying they were all fine after watching an episode of Crimewatch UK, when, in reality, were scared to look out the bedroom window at night, never mind go to sleep? - Bring the E-FIT's back, they were what I watched Crimewatch for.
It was announced a number of weeks ago that Crimewatch was returning and one man & one woman was to be at the forefront of it. This is great, they're going back to their roots as such, just like the old days with Nick Ross & Sue Cook, then Jill Dando and of course the aforementioned Fiona Bruce. Jeremy Vine & Tina Daheley are the new crime-fighting duo.
Jeremy Vine is fantastic, his BBC Radio 2 programme always covers the hard-hitting topics of the moment, his work on BBC Panorama is outstanding, he's a brilliant broadcast journalist. Tina Daheley is great in her own right, she shows incredible compassion in her reports on BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat and was very good on BBC Three's now defunct 60 Seconds. - I didn't think they'd be paired to present a programme such as Crimewatch, but the more I think about it, the more I think this might actually just work perfectly.
Since Nick Ross left, his iconic reassuring catchphrase; "don't have nightmares, do sleep well" - went with him. - I ask Jeremy Vine & Tina Daheley to come up with their own signature catchphrase to sign off Crimewatch, just like Nick Ross did. I've missed being told it'll all be fine at the end of each episode.