The Manchester Detectives


In July 2012, Greater Manchester Police set up a specialist unit to investigate sex offences. In the first of its kind for the force, 60 detectives were trained as specialist rape investigators. Since it began, reports of rape across the UK have soared. Filmed over two years, this two-season series follows detectives in unprecedented times, revealing what it’s really like to investigate the crimes which carry the toughest sentences but have the lowest conviction rates. Gripping and dramatic, they take us into their world, uncovering the complexities and challenges, highs and lows of solving sex crime, where the odds of successful conviction are as low as 1 in 10.

This ambitious series features one high-profile historic sexual abuse case that is spread across the first season. Operation Canute is an investigation into a friend of Jimmy Saville, Manchester DJ Ray Teret, accused of a string of sex offences against schoolgirls in the 60’s and 70’s. Led by unflappable DS Carol Barlow, one of the force’s most experienced detectives, and hard-boiled DC Rod Carter, whose background is in gang crime, we go behind the headlines to see what it takes to crack a case when the crimes were committed more than 30 years ago.

With unparalleled and intimate access, this series follows Manchester’s murder detectives as they try to unravel complex cases in dramatic real time.

Watch The Manchester Detectives for free in February during the documentary Channel's Free Preview month.

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