Twofour has licensed the rights for the unscripted format Live PD from A+E Networks, with a U.K. version currently in development for ITV.
The local treatment of Live PD will follow the work of police forces around the U.K. The original American series has been a hit on A&E Network in the U.S., with approximately 2.1 million viewers and more than 130 episodes.
Melanie Leach, the chief executive of Twofour Group, stated: “We’re hugely impressed by the format, execution and ratings track of Live PD. It’s an incredibly bold, ambitious and noisy program, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity of remaking it for a British audience.”
Sue Murphy, ITV’s head of factual entertainment, noted: “Live PD is an audacious, fresh, talk-about idea and feels like the next turn of the wheel in this area. It’s exactly what we’re looking for at ITV at the moment, so I’m very happy to be working with Twofour and A+E on this.”
Hayley Babcock, the head of formats, international production and programming at A+E Networks, added: “A+E Networks formats are known for being bold, telling stories that are genuine and taking risks that pay off. Live PD fits that mold and then some. It is the number one true-crime series on cable in the U.S. for a reason. Live PD presents a truly unfiltered look at the activity of multiple police officers in multiple cities on a typical evening across the country. It gives an amazing real-time view into how police and citizens interact with each other. The know-how that comes with producing a show like this is invaluable and we are excited to work with other territories to help them bring their real-time stories to life…and to live TV.”