''Police Camera Action!'' is an Creator/{{ITV}} documentary series that started airing in November 1994 and continues to the present day. The show depicts police video footage of bad driving and road crime. Originally hosted by Alastair Stewart, Adrian Simpson became co-presenter in 2008, and Gethin Jones presented a special episode in 2008, before doing four {{Very Special Episode}}s in 2011.

The show was initially produced by Carlton Television, but Optomen now hold international production and distribution rights, plus the UsefulNotes/{{Copyright}} to the show.

!Missing Episodes
Well, technically, not so much missing episodes in the way ''Series/DoctorWho'' has them, but rather rarely-broadcast ones. There are a lot of episodes that don't get broadcast. (See the section below). When they '''do''' air them, the episodes are usually cut for timing reasons, or to make room for commercials, and rarely, if ever broadcast in their original form. Only a select few do get aired uncut. Some episodes have footage replaced due to clearance issues concerning the police forces who supply them - obtaining the footage [[CrackIsCheaper is expensive]], and legally it can't be shown for entertainment purposes (which is why the show needs to have AnAesop [[StrictlyFormula every]] episode, [[{{Anvilicious}} because this show is a semi-educational show, not an entertainment one]].
The show currently airs on ITV4 and on Creator/{{ITV}}1 for some episodes. On ITV4 the reruns are of Series 1 - 4 (1994-2002) in the morning, usually between 6:25am - 10:25am (hours vary) and also of Series 5 from 6:00pm onwards (London time, GMT). However, the episodes are often shown OutOfOrder, and some episodes are not shown, many rarely in their original form.
The show is on hiatus at the moment in terms of new episodes, but some [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Episodes]] are to air later in 2010 on [=ITV1=], with repeats on ITV4.
!DVD versions
There was a vogue in TheNineties for police camera car shows on VHS; namely ''Series/PoliceStop'' between 1994 and 1995 on VHS, before it became a fully-blown TV show in 1996.

Although (it is believed) ITV have no plans to release this on DVD, the show exists on torrent sites, leading to a mass influx of the web version of KeepCirculatingTheTapes. Releasing it on DVD would stop this trade, and give fans a legal outlet for acquiring it. However, it would have to be a BoxedSet
[[{{Fandom}} for obvious reasons]] - they did this with ''TheWire''.

Getting music rights clearance for DVD is possibly an issue (but other shows have managed to get the music intact on their DVD releases) and police footage clearance as well. However, the 2007 series is made up of a lot of British footage, so that argument is somewhat unclear.

There '''is''' an argument, however, for releasing this on DVD; given the success of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', ''Series/TheWire'' on DVD, there is possibly enough Fandom for this to be released.
!!''Police Camera Action!'' provides examples of:
* AlternateContinuity: Whilst [[ShrugOfGod not confirmed]] at all by WordOfGod, some of the {{Fandom}} consider the 2007-2008 Alastair Stewart and Adrian Simpson episodes, and the 2008 and 2009-2010 Gethin Jones series as being in their own separate continuities. Some fans consider the 2007-2008 series to be in an AlternateContinuity, but taking BroadStrokes with it.
* AnAesop: This is rather more of an EnforcedTrope for the show, and that is the main focus of the 1994-1996 series. In 1998, 2000 and 2008, 2011 it went into VerySpecialEpisode territory.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: From 2007, Alastair Stewart, and in the 2008 drink-driving {{Very Special Episode}}, there is always be some discussion of the moral of the episode.
** This show has made the trope no longer a DiscreditedTrope or a DeadHorseTrope.
* AuthorTract: With the exception of the 2010 special ''When Lorries Become Lethal'', this is basically the crux of 2010's [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Episodes]]
* BlackComedy: If you consider driving and road rage as black humour, then the narration qualifies as this.
* BritishBrevity::
** The 1994 series had two episodes (or four if you count the {{Edited For Syndication}} episodes.
** The 1995 series had five episodes.
** The 1996 series had seven episodes.
** The 1997 series had six episodes (or eight if you count Edited for Syndication versions).
** The 1998 series had seven episodes.
** Series 3 (1999-2000) had 27 episodes (but maybe 30 if you count the edited versions of the {{Special Episode}}s ''Crash Test Racers'' and "Highway of Tomorrow".
** Series 4 (2002) had only six episodes.
*** Subverted in Series 5 (2007-2009), which had 38 episodes in all.
** In the 2010 series, there are only 4 episodes.
* TheCameo: The (sadly missed) Robbie Burns makes an appearance.
* ClipShow: Seen in ''Crash Test Racers'', ''Highway of Tomorrow'', ''Ultimate Pursuits'' and ''Britain's Most Dangerous Roads'', ''Ultimate Bad Drivers'', ''Ultimate Boy Racers'', ''Ultimate Car Crimes'' and ''Car Tech Maniacs''. Possibly the new 2010 series as well (mentioned at beonscreen.com). Subverted by ''Don't Look Back In Anger'' and ''Learning The Hard Way''.
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: Footage from a 1995 episode is referred to in the 2008 episode ''Ultimate Bad Drivers'' as "As we've seen before on Police, Camera, Action!" but the original episode has had the clips removed in reruns for legal reasons.
** Other "edited" episodes aired have clips removed for legal reasons, and/or replaced with an alternative clip/piece of footage, new narration, but then they sometimes alternate and reshow the full unedited episode.
** Happens to the episodes:
** ''Danger Drivers Ahead'' (two versions)
** ''Tales of the Unexpected'' (footage cut-out, but shown in book accompanying the show!)
** ''Road to Nowhere'' (end music changed)
** ''Enough's Enough'' (footage removed)
** ''A Lorry Load of Trouble'' (4 pieces of footage cut)
** ''On The Buses''
** ''The Unprotected''
** ''Crash Test Racers'' (split into Part 1/Part 2, sometimes also shown as 60-minute episode with part of [[{{TitleSequence}} Title Sequence]] cut off)
** ''Getting Their Man''
** ''Deathwish Drivers'' (sometimes has alternate footage used)
* ChristmasEpisode: The 2008 episode ''Drink Driving Special'' presented by Gethin Jones.
* DeconstructorFleet: Of the RealityShow genre.
* {{Docusoap}}: In the 2007 and 2008 series, where they went out 'on patrol' with the Greater Manchester, Devon and Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Cambridgeshire, City of London, Sussex, South Yorkshire and Thames Valley police.
* DrunkDriver: In the 2002 episode ''Under the Influence'' and 2007 episode ''Bad Influences''.
* {{Eyecatch}}: Plain and simple, but despite a DVD campaign for this show, fans still want these retained. (the Part 1/Part 2 bits before the ad break)
** Could be seen as {{Fridge Logic}}, possibly?
* FollowTheLeader: Encouraged ''The World's Wildest Police Videos'' with Sheriff John Bunnell in 1997 as a sort of [[DuellingShows competitor]]
* GreenAesop: The 2007 episode ''Eco Unfriendly'' is basically this with a police documentary twist to it.
* ImpossibleTask: [[http://www.ukemergency.co.uk/the-liver-run/ ''The Liver Run.'']] [[EscortMission Two Metropolitan Police Units must travel 29 miles in 35 minutes]], thru heavy London traffic (in 1987) to deliver a liver to a hospital for transplanting. If they fail to reach the hospital in time, [[GameOver they are told to abort the run.]] [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They make it with 5 minutes to spare,]] [[HappyEnding and the recipient of the liver survives the operation]].]]
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Unfortunately, it can be downloaded off torrent sites... [[{{Better on DVD}} due to no DVD version being in existence]].
** There are, according to fansites, arguments for it being on DVD.
* LampshadeHanging: Often does this, with lines like "Despite what you see in the movies...", "Despite what you see on TV" or variants.
* LongRunner: The show has been around for 22 years now, which is a long time for a documentary show. Panorama and Dispatches are longer-running than this show.
* LostAesop: As seen in the episodes ''Nowhere to Hide'', ''Under Surveillance'' and ''Speed''. Well, so the fan sites were claiming.
* MissingEpisode: Mainly the following episodes (year of episode in brackets, much to fans' chagrin:
** Police Stop! (also full unedited version of Danger Drivers Ahead! from 1994 pilot version of series)
** Helicops (1995, but the unrelated 2007 episode of the same title '''does''' get aired. Never happens to the episode Safety Last which was part of the 1995 series, and the original 1995 episode does get aired, as well as the unrelated 2007 series episode).
** Don't Look Back In Anger - uncontroversial road-safety episode from November 1997, rarely if-ever aired.
** Learning the Hard Way - series finale of 1998 series, last-seen on ITV 17th January 1999, but not aired since then.
** Danger Ahead - from the 2000 series, but bizarrely never aired in syndication. Last aired on ITV 7th August 2000 but not shown since then.
** Ford (alternate title The Fords) - last seen on ITV 7 January 2002 but it hasn't been aired since then.
*** Fans still want these episodes aired.
* MushroomSamba: The guy in the 2007 episode ''Bad Influences'' who thinks he's a CIA agent.
** Not to mention the DUI tests in the 1995 episode ''International'', 1996 episode ''International Patrol'', 2002 episode ''Under the Influence''.
* NonAppearingTitle: For the second episode of the 1994 series and the 2008 episode ''Drink Driving Special''.
* OopNorth: The 2007 series, when the show went out on patrol with Greater Manchester Police and South Yorkshire Police.
* OutOfOrder: The episodes have been aired out of order for the past three or four years now on ITV and its sister channel ITV4.
* {{Pixellation}}: Wasn't used in the first series (1994-1996). Used from 1997 onwards though.
** Always done to license plates.
* PimpedOutCar: The 2007 episode ''Street Illegal'' and then 2008 episode ''Ultimate Boy Racers''. Yes, really. Some of the cars were taken UpToEleven.
* RailroadTracksofDoom: Used in a 1996 episode entitled ''Driven to Distraction'' when they were showing footage of drivers racing across railway tacks.
* RefugeInAudacity: One of the show's reasons for its existence, or so a fansite would have you believe!
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Later subverted.
* RunForTheBorder: [[spoiler: The 1997 series episode ''The Wild Side'' and the 2000 series episode ''Getting Their Man'']]. Do not scroll over if you don't want to know what episodes.
* ScareEmStraight: Well, from watching the episodes ''Rogue's Roadshow'', ''Too Close to Comfort'', ''Life in the Fast Lane'', ''Nicked!'' and ''Under Surveillance'', it would appear that could be the intention.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: On more than one occasion. Shown in the graveyard slot but now is on daytime on ITV4.
** Now back on [=ITV1=] for 4 episodes = 4 weeks worth!
* ShoutOut: ''"And next time, let's be careful out there..."'' - a nod to ''Series/HillStreetBlues''
** In the episode "Ultimate Pursuits" the entire episode was a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''.
** The 1997 episode "Don't Look Back In Anger" and the 1998 VerySpecialEpisode "LearningTheHardWay" which aired on 17th January 1999, both were [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to something, although, what, exactly, isn't known...
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: This trope is used with increasing regularity, namely:
** The 1995 episode ''Helicops'' (which had '''no in-car camera footage''').
** The 1996 episode ''The Man Who Shot OJ'' was totally helicopter-based, featured TalkingHead interviews and was mainly ADayInTheLimelight for Bob Tur (although Alastair remained as presenter, he was OutOfFocus and DemotedToExtra for this two-parter).
** The 1997 episode ''Don't Look Back in Anger'' (a sort of VerySpecialEpisode and a subverted ClipShow).
** The 2007 episode ''Search and Rescue'' (virtually no car chases, apart from one set in Texas)
** The 2007 episode ''Under Surveillance'' ([[Series/BigBrother Big Brother in real life]] with closed-circuit television.]]
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Shown in the episode ''Helicops'' in 1995, and ''Death Wish Drivers'' in 2007, where the consequences of stealing an ambulance result in crashing into a pedestrian footway on a housing estate with the police dog unit after you.
* StandAloneEpisode: The 2008 episode ''Drink Driving Special'' with {{Gethin Jones}} is this, with no connection to newer or older series.
* StockFootage: Used extensively from the 1997 series onwards.
** More recently, AP Archive and Conus Archive supply this.
* {{Stripperific}}: The 2002 episode ''Diversion Ahead!'', if the "And finally" sequence is anything to go by.
* SurrealThemeTune: The theme tune is a mix-up of various police commentaries. Not to mention the line "He's crashed, he's crashed at Junction 23!" at the end.
** For those not in the know, Junction is a British road-signing convention, where "Exit" is normally used in the rest of the world. Used on freeways/dual carriageways.
* TheNthDoctor: OK, so it's a documentary and not a genre you would expect this trope, but Adrian Simpson is one such example.
* TheOtherDarrin: Used twice. First of all, Gethin Jones in the 2008 [[{{VerySpecialEpisode}} Very Special Episode]] ''Drink Driving Special'', and possibly for the new 2010 series too.
** Gethin Jones is doing a series of 4 episodes again.
** Also, Adrian Simpson from the 2007-2008 series is himself an [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrin]].
* TheTag: PlayedForLaughs (in the "classic" season) and referred to as "And finally..." on every episode 1995-2002 except for VerySpecialEpisode ''The Liver Run''. Does not appear from 2007 onwards when the show was UnCancelled. The most famous one features a drunken cyclist and the single "Leader Of The Pack" by TheShangriLas.
* TrainwreckEpisode: 2007 episode ''Search and Rescue''.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: The show's presenters, Alastair Stewart, Adrian Simpson and Gethin Jones seem to have an almost unlimited wardrobe of suits similar to ''Series/DoctorWho'' 's Tenth Doctor.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Sometimes occurs in this show, but not to the level of dramas such as ''Series/{{Hustle}}''.
* VanityLicensePlate: As seen in the 2007 episode ''Street Illegal'', and this is TruthInTelevision, as they are illegal in the United Kingdom, since there are laws on standard fonts.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Used frequently, making this an UndeadHorseTrope, however, the episodes are '''NOT''' advertised as such.
** First of all, in 1997 with the episode ''Don't Look Back In Anger'', then the 1998 episode ''Learning the Hard Way''.
** Then, in 2000, the episodes ''Crash Test Racers'' and ''Highway of Tomorrow''.
** Also, in 2008, the episodes ''Britain's Most Dangerous Roads'' (which was StockFootage, Narm and WholeEpisodeFlashback in one), ''Ultimate Bad Drivers'', ''Ultimate Car Crimes'', ''Ultimate Boy Racers'' and ''Car Tech Maniacs''
** The {{Drink Driving}} special in late 2008 with Gethin Jones, TheOtherDarrin of the show.
** The new 2010 series change the format significantly enough that every episode of the new series could be considered a VerySpecialEpisode in itself. (Well, if the description on Digiguide is anything to go by).
** This show can be credited with making this trope no longer a DiscreditedTrope or a DeadHorseTrope.
* Voiceover ClipShow: Subverted, in the fact there are actual links between footage.
* {{Watershed}}: Sometimes airs after the British watershed.
* XanatosSpeedChess