The Prosecutors’ documentary returns to our TV screens this week, allowing people to see behind the scenes at the Crown Prosecution Service. The series, made by Gold Star Productions, follows the work of CPS lawyers over the entire lifespan of a case, from the early stages of an investigation through to court.
The first of two new episodes, to be broadcast on BBC Two at 9pm on Thursday 2 August, focuses on a conspiracy to smuggle drugs and other contraband into prisons using drones. You can watch the trailer here.
-Senior Crown Prosecutor featured, Eran Cutliffe and her guide dog
Filmed over a year with access to the CPS and West Mercia police, the first episode follows Senior Crown Prosecutor Eran Cutliffe as she builds a complex case against a network of people using drone technology to exploit a captive market inside jails.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders said, “The Prosecutors provides unparalleled insight into the hard work put in by Crown Prosecution Service lawyers across England and Wales every day.
“When people think about a prosecutor at work they may often picture a barrister on their feet in a courtroom, wearing a wig and addressing a jury.
“In fact, court work is only one part of our role and the series shows the day-to-day work of our lawyers as they provide specialist legal advice to the police and consider evidence in order to make important - and often difficult - charging decisions.”
The second new episode of ‘The Prosecutors’ will be broadcast on BBC Two at 9pm on Thursday 9 August and shows a complex Modern Slavery Act prosecution involving nail salons.
The first series of ‘The Prosecutors’ was broadcast on BBC Four in 2016 and was nominated for the Best Factual Series Award at the 2017 BAFTAs.
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