We are now in 2015, and within five years the Television audience is considerably different than it was half a decade ago which is why we need a good & relistic police procedural series back on the box.
A new TV show has been created by actor, Adam McNamara, who you may recognise from his appearances as PC McCormick in River City and PC Evans in EastEnders on the BBC.
A little bit earlier this year, a pilot of a new police programme was released on YouTube and this one is much different than it's predecessors. For one, this is situated in Scotland and focuses on Police Scotland - something British Television networks have rarely done. Sure, there's Taggart but that's through the eyes of scriptwriters, directors & actors which is good but it doesn't show us what really happens as the dramatisations are all watered down.
The new TV show is entitled 'The Job'. And why is it called that? Well, I spoke to the show's creator, Mr. McNamara, himself to find out why.
Andy: What is the reason behind calling it 'The JOB' for those who may not be aware?
Adam: OK, it's called the Job because that's what cops refer to policing as. There's a famous saying "The Job's fucked"
It's a phrase used all up and down these islands.
Since I had a chance to speak to Adam, I thought I'd be cheeky and ask more, here's what Adam had to say:
AG: The pilot has many elements of what I'd imagine to be a regular day on the beat, and in detail. You're the creator of this programme, how come you know so much about the police force?
AM: I was a police officer in Tayside (before Police Scotland) for seven years. What sets The Job apart from other cop dramas is that I can convincingly put a realistic voice into these characters. I feel other cop dramas, albeit entertaining ones, miss that key feature.
AG: Is 'The Job' based around on your experiences within Tayside Police?
AM: Each character is based on experiences in my own life from when I started in the Police to when I resigned.
The situations the characters find themselves in are elements of calls I experienced rather than verbatim.
I used a certain degree of poetic licence however they are incredibly realistic situations and the characters respond in realistic ways.
AG: What makes 'The Job' special and different than any other British cop show we've ever seen?
AM: I think the main difference will be the insight into how the Police really is. They way they really talk, opinions they hold, politics they live by, reactions to the public and conclusions they come to about them.
I've been lucky enough to play a cop a few times on telly but the thing I come across time and time again is that writers have a pre-conceived idea as to how Cops articulate their feelings...it's funny to me and its most definitely accepted by the public at large but it's not real. The Job peels back that façade.
Speaking to Adam, this does sound very exciting as he himself was a police officer, he has been in the frontline for many years so unlike your average scriptwriter who bases their scripts on a little research, Adam's writing & direction of the show can show us what the Police go through on a daily bases.
The Job would be an ideal prime time TV show for the whole of Britain to watch as it will let us see that the Police aren't robots, they aren't the monsters which the press lead us to believe, they have feelings too and the way they react to the various troubling scenarios matter as well.
Cuffs on the BBC has been axed just days after the eighth & final episode of the series. Cuffs was described by The Wright Stuff's TV Critic, Kevin Sullivan, as being The Bill which hadn't given the series a good start in life as we've been there and got the t-shirt as far as The Bill is concerned. The fact that Cuffs was centred in Brighton, another English city like The Bill was filmed in. The JOB is made in Scotland. That gives it a fresh feel which we need in a TV show.
Adam McNamara is a Scotsman and not only that, he's a proud Scotsman. His Twitter feed is full of passion for the north of the border. This means The JOB will be particularly friendly to Scotland's culture and quite possibly bring new interest to the country.
So what I implore TV Networks in the UK to do is: Give The JOB a chance. Adam has a fantastic team of actors & crew who are thriving to deliver excellent drama.