Series / Crimewatch UK

"They put up this bloke's picture on Crimewatch UK with a phone number and said 'Have you seen this man?' Well my auntie rang them up and said '...No'."

This is the UK version of the German show Aktenzeichen XY ? ungelöst (File XY... Unsolved), which enters the Multinational Shows grouping because it has multiple foreign versions, including America's Most Wanted.

Started in 1984 as a one-off experiment, it's been so successful it's been going monthly for 28 years.

This is a show that tries to solve unsolved crimes. It uses dramatic reconstructions, CCTV footage and photo-fits to try and jog people's memory. The public can and do call in with information to the police- about a third of the crimes covered on there are solved, some of which have been pretty famous ones.

Its saddest moment was the murder of Jill Dando, one of its own presenters.

It's got a few fictional imitators over the years as well.

One of its presenters, Nick Ross (whose Catch-Phrase for this show ends the article) left in 2007. "Don't have nightmares, do sleep well."

Provides examples of:

  • Crime Reconstruction
  • Transatlantic Equivalent: Of America's Most Wanted and Aktenzeichen XY... Ungelöst.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: In at least one instance a police Identikit profile of the wanted man for a serious crime was broadcast, which led to an wholly innocent person being repeatedly fingered for the crime by members of the public, as he looked so like the wanted criminal. The show had to broadcast an apology and a declaration that this person had no connection whatsoever with the crime. Apparently this sort of thing happens a lot.