YMMV / Police, Camera, Action!

  • Anvilicious: For the entire 1994-1996 series. Subverted from 1997 onwards.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The "And finally..." ending that was on episodes between 1994 to 2002, and some parts of the 2007 series (in particular the episode Under Surveillance, which featured helicopter footage of a half-naked man dressed as Satan trying to hide from police on the side of a sliproad).
  • Cult Classic: Fan demand for a DVD of the show has skyrocketed since the 2006 re-airings of the show, and numerous discussion abates on various TV-related sites.
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • Recently, the 2007 series has done this - the episode Deathwish Drivers has not one, but two edited versions - the first one having a crash sequence from the United States of America involving a Toyota Prius, whilst the second edited version that sequence is replaced by a chase of a stolen red car in Bedfordshire. Apparently, the two clips are together in the same episode, but the original version of Deathwish Drivers is considered a Missing Episode.
    • Also the same for the 2007 episode Less Lethal Weapons, although it should really be unedited and In Memoriam instead.
    • The 1994 episode Danger! Drivers Ahead has two edited versions; one full-length, the other is edited. Plus the original version, entitled Police Stop! which is considered a Missing Episode.
    • The 1995 episode Tales of the Unexpected has been edited from original version, with 4 - 6 clips of footage removed for some unexplained reason. However, these survive in the published version of the show.
    • The 1996 episode Road to Nowhere gets the end music changed - it is normally "The Magic Roundabout"'s theme tune but it gets changed to generic orchestra music for re-broadcasts
    • The 1997 episode Enough's Enough also gets re-edited, with footage cut out, and a different version of the end music (Martha and the Vandellas Nowhere to Run is replaced by a Cover Version.)
    • The 1997 episode A Lorry Load of Trouble has 4 pieces of footage cut out in re-airings.
    • The 1998 episode On The Buses (no relation to On The Buses the TV show) has 4 pieces of footage removed in recent repeats. No explanation is ever given for this, but fans of the show have noticed the re-edited episodes.
    • The 1998 episode The Unprotected has the very last bit of footage cut out before the end.
    • The 2000 Very Special Episode Crash Test Racers actually cut off part of the Title Sequence. Some fans consider this Executive Meddling.
    • The episode Getting Their Man from the 2000 series had the music changed from Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" to "The Stripper" by Joe Loss and his Orchestra.
    • However, the rest of the episodes seem to be unchanged, no trimmed-down versions.
    • This is apparently done for legal reasons.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Even for a police show it has some of them.
  • Growing the Beard: From the 1995 episode Tales of the Unexpected and Helicops. Seems to do this every series.
  • Internet Backdraft: Subverted. The show seems to get a fan campaign all of its own, although the only gripes are missing episodes and the notorious Edited for Syndication trope. It is mostly praise, apart from on some sites.
  • Narm: Gethin Jones' episode Drink Driving Special.
  • Narm Charm: Gethin Jones' episode in 2008.
  • Periphery Demographic: Watched by all ages, a la Doctor Who, despite intended audience being for adults.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Some website and discussion sites were describing this show as "anvilicious" fairly recently about the episodes Safety Last (1995 episode), Tales of the Unexpected and Rust Buckets.
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