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Stephen Butchard | 14:02 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Good Cop, in short, is a police show that I wanted to try and make that little bit different - a police show in which I wanted to concentrate on the individual, the man, rather than the rules.

Recently police dramas, both home-grown and imported, have been mostly dominated by forensics and procedure - with the help of science, analysis, questions and answers we have watched our police teams solve puzzles - and very entertaining it is too!

But with aspirations to put something fresh and hopefully new up on our TV screen John Paul Rocksavage became a beat cop.

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Trailer: 'What are you Rocksavage? A witness? A weakness? A suspect?'

Sav is a copper at the sharp end.

He knocks on a door and has no concrete idea of what lies behind it.

Events unfold in the moment and Sav has to react and find the correct response to anything and everything before he and his colleagues are called to the next crisis, the next 999.

Everything is in the moment, everything is loaded with the emotions and dangers of the moment - it's the very stuff of drama (theoretically).

But for me this was only half the story.

Yes, he's a policeman and yes, we go to work with him but the drama had to be about what is happening in his life as a whole - the drama had to be about how his work life could impact upon his private life.

Sav's mindset was also important. He HAD to be a good man, he IS a good man, a Good Cop.

Doing the right thing is important for a reason and that reason is the people he loves or has loved.

He would never want to let them down - they are to be protected.

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Waitress Amy is intimidated by Noel Finch

Although I wanted to keep the drama character-driven I couldn't ignore that the bulk of the characters were policemen and women so I made sure I went to the police themselves, a pure source for research.

At the beginning of each police shift there is an all-inclusive meeting where ongoing jobs and relevant topics and events that might affect the shift are discussed - this is called a parade.

I sat in on a few non-sensitive shift parades and briefings and sat across the table from several constables, sergeants, inspectors, one chief inspector and one assistant chief constable - all of them good cops.

Meeting them, talking to them, seeing them as people, hearing about the work they do and how they feel about it was both vital and inspirational.

Sitting in on the parades made me realise that although certain tasks were laid out these people really didn't know what the day would have in store for them - literally anything could happen and they would deal with it, willingly.


In episode one, we meet John Paul Rocksavage on the day of his very own perfect storm.

A day that begins on the beach with him meeting his ex-girlfriend Cassie - and ends, shall we say, in tragic circumstances... but the storm hasn't finished with him yet, not by a long way.

Warren Brown as John Paul Rocksavage on set

Warren Brown as John Paul Rocksavage on set

The main series story arc is dictated by the repercussions of the tragedy and how events conspire against Sav to change the whole of his life.

Sav spends the rest of the series trying to press the reset button - all he wants is for things to return to normal... but of course that's impossible.

The challenge through the series was to make events as hair-raising and dramatic as possible but ALWAYS to maintain the plausibility and truthfulness of the characters.

Stephen Butchard is the writer of Good Cop.

Good Cop is on Thursday, 30 August at 9pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. For further programme times, please see the episode guide.

UPDATE: Episode four of Good Cop will be on BBC One on Saturday, 13 October at 10.30pm. In light of news events, BBC One had postponed the final episode originally due to transmit at 9pm on Thursday, 20 September.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Great episode. Tense, dramatic yet low key. Excellent performances, good writing, effective direction.

  • Comment number 2.

    Gripping drama. Wonderfully acted. Now I need to find the music played at the end.

  • Comment number 3.

    Fantastic BBC drama superbly written with outstanding characters ... Already hooked after episode 1 !!!! Well done to all involved !

  • Comment number 4.

    At last, a good, meaty British drama! Great first episode; hope the series lives up to expectations...

  • Comment number 5.

    Really enjoyed the first episode. Love a good British crime drama!

  • Comment number 6.

    Really enjoyed this gritty British drama last night. On the edge of my seat - made me want to hang those bad guys! I had difficulty believing it was drama - felt so real. Such convincing performances Hope the next episodes live up to expectations. Great roles for Stephen Graham and Warren Brown - excellent

  • Comment number 7.

    Superb gripping story line, authentic terminology, FLO Family Liaison Officer, fantastic believable characters. Can't wait for the next episode,thank you BBC

  • Comment number 8.

    So while you guys were watching Good Cop last night Latimer Creative Media were excited to be playing host to John Paul Rocksavage (a.k.a Warren Brown). At Latimer we work to co-create media content with young people and give them a leg up into the industry. Warren came down to talk to our young people about how he made it as an actor and proved to be a massive hit. To find out more about Latimer and our monthly talks program [Personal details removed by Moderator] visit our website www.latimercreativemedia.com

  • Comment number 9.

    Didn't like it. It was lit badly, camera work was wobbly and the plot was nonsense. It is just another crime drama following in the wake of other dramas thought to be trendy.

  • Comment number 10.

    Fantastic. Really enjoyed this. Let's hope after the fourth episode, we get a series out of it. Always love seeing Liverpool on the telly - such a beautiful, photogenic city. @Jilly88888 - the music was 'Pump it Up' by Elvis Costello And The Attractions ;)

  • Comment number 11.

    Has potential, but let down by unbelievable sequences. I thought it very unlikely that the Police could'nt spare an officer to guard the house overnight, especially if the victim died it would be a murder site. And of course, finding a gun under the floorboards was very serendipitous. All because a floorboard creaked. I must have quite a lot stashed away under my floor if every creaking floorboard has something under it. Why would one of the attackers return to the scene of the crime so soon when there would be every chance that the house would be under surveillance, as it would probably have been in real life?

  • Comment number 12.

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  • Comment number 13.

    I agree 100% with geriatricpete, however, I'll go a step further and confirm that there is absolutely no way that a scene guard wouldn't be in place at the 'squat' or for there to be at least 2 full time officers assigned to protect the scene with complete line of sight cover. This ensures that nobody goes in or out without having their details recorded, which effectively renders this entire piece implausible. I accept that what we have here appears, on the face of it, to be good 'drama', but sensationalising the brutal attack on a police officer and then compounding it with a vigilante police officer intent on revenge adds up to little more than popcorn TV. Certain parts were believable but trust me when I say that after the death of the child in the opening sequence this officer would have spent the rest of his shift filling in paperwork, not having web chats in his patrol car, cups of tea and bacon sarnies!! Nice attempt at tapping into 'the service' but woefully misinformed or lazily researched.

  • Comment number 14.

    Very gripping new police drama, very explicit in filming but I am really appreciating the police view and the level of crime and the criminals they deal with on a daily business because let's be honest it's a tough job which pshycologically taps into your beliefs and ethical standards. Very real, very real.

  • Comment number 15.

    Love the new drama line-up but would still love to see a second series of Zen!!!

  • Comment number 16.

    only decent thing on bbc for a very long time, fantastic script and casting fab too. Warren Brown you are an absolute star, fantastic as were all the cast.Sometimes you wonder what you pay a t.v license for, well if good cop is the only decent drama to come from the beeb this year then for once i can say my t.v license was worth the money just to watch good cop. Please make series 2 xx

  • Comment number 17.

    The music at the end is by Tricky but i cant find it anywhere its called Why Armies if anyone manages to get it please pass on where from cheersx

  • Comment number 18.

    No, the music at the beginning is TRICKY and "armies", the music at the end was Pump It Up by Elvis Costello.

    Really great drama. About time BBC1 delivered something edgy.

  • Comment number 19.

    acted brilliantly
    researched well

  • Comment number 20.

    Love it . Fantastic drama , can't wait until the next episode !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 21.

    I was totally blown away by this beautiful piece of drama. To turn a character into a mass murderer and still have the audience empathise with him rather than his victims is genius. I disagree with comments about the believability of not having a lookout etc - I have no police background and was clueless as to whether this was protocol or not. Also it was explained by one officer who said that there was a staff shortage that night - so that didn't spoil anything for me. Some beautiful cinematography as well. It is dramas like this which totally justify the licence fee. Excellent acting as well, particularly the baddies! Well done BBC, can't wait for the rest. But have to second the request for another series of Zen!!

  • Comment number 22.

    It is enjoyable but I do find it hard to believe that a police officer who witnesses the brutal murder of their partner would be back on the beat almost immediately, and confronting more violent crimes (suicide jumping from a roof, violent attack on a man in a car etc) before the FUNERAL had taken place. I suspect he/she would be on desk duties and weekly counselling for some weeks and months, even up to the date of the trial when they would obviously be the no1 witness. Was ANY research done as to procedure when an officer is killed in front of colleagues?

  • Comment number 23.

    What was the music at the end of tonight's episode please

  • Comment number 24.

    I just finished episode 3...I love this show! I was hooked after watching the first episode. Stephen, you write beautifully. The performances are far superior to anything that I have seen on tv lately. I only hope that you are asked to write for a second series.

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi everyone

    Thanks for your comments so far. John MAHON #23, the music at the end of last night’s programme was called Hello Conscience by The Zutons. There is more info about this track on the Good Cop episode three page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mmm85/

    You can find further info about the track featured at the end of episode one here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00szy7g and the track at the end of episode two here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mhlfw

    Many thanks

    BBC TV blog

  • Comment number 26.

    I had one quick question that was nagging me a bit. In the second episode, Carrie agrees to meet John Paul in a cafe "On the corner of Old Hall Street and Dale Street"

    Old Hall Street and Dale Street are actual streets in Liverpool, but are not joined (I think Exchange Square is between them) and the cafe used was on the corner of Castle Street and Lord Street.

    So why use real streets but then not use them accurately?

    Really curious to know if that's the scriptwriters decision or that of the BBC?

    Whichever, this is a tiny little "niggle". I think the series has been fantastic.

    The Shadow Line and now this, keep it up BBC!

  • Comment number 27.

    Shocking, there is no place for this nonsense especially after yesterday. Why does everything revolve around murder? The BBC should be more responsible.

  • Comment number 28.

    Hello all,

    Just to say there is a new notice on the Good Cop programme page today which says:

    "In light of news events, BBC One has postponed the final episode of Good Cop due to transmit at 9pm tonight."

    When episode four is rescheduled, we'll update the blog with the date and time.


  • Comment number 29.

    This has been a popular series. Tonight was the final episode and to my utter disappointment the episode has been pulled with no information about when it will be rescheduled. It is a terrible tragedy, the death of the two police officers in Manchester and whilst my sympathies go out to the family and friends of the two women who died I am struggling to understand why the final episode has been pulled from all media formats. The news has been leading with the stories of the two deaths since it happened, the families reminded repeatedly of the event with every news bulletin. And yet a fictional piece of tv drama is pulled, so as not to cause upset to the same family and friends having to endure the news bulletins. Given it was the final episode it should have been made available on the BBC iplayer to be sought out by those who wanted to watch. When will the BBC learn that adults in the free world can censor for themselves with the power of the on/off button.

  • Comment number 30.

    This has got to be one of the most powerfully written, produced, directed and acted stories that I have seen for a very long time. It caused great discussions at home. It is without doubt a story ahead of its time - a prophecy. Without question, our thoughts are with two extremely brave policewomen who have lost their lives in a situation similar to this drama. Long live British Drama and the British Forces who protect us in real life!!

  • Comment number 31.

    One doesn't usually see such a graphic killing scene as the second one in the series and it must be one of the most memorable TV scenes of the year, however I do have a gripe with the BBC powers that be. This superb program was, quite rightly in my opinion, “pulled” from the schedules out of respect for the family and colleagues connected with the murder of the two lady police officers in Manchester but the day after the murders BBC News relegated this story to second place and replaced it with the “Hot News” about a tiff between a cycling MP and a jobsworth police officer outside No 10 Downing Street, despite the fact that an arrest had been made. A lack of consistency?

  • Comment number 32.

    can anyone please give me an idea on when the bbc will screen the final episode of good cop?

    I truly understand the reason behind postponing it, and would like to add that may the very brave ladies, nicola and fiona rest in peace, words cannot express the grief the world is feeling at the loss of you two beautiful young ladies who was ONLY doing there jobs!!

  • Comment number 33.

    When is the final episode of Good Cop to be transmitted?

  • Comment number 34.

    I have really enjoyed this drama. The tension is great. Though I understand the need to postpone the last episode, it's killing me! Any idea when we might get to see it?
    Great stuff, can't wait for the next.

  • Comment number 35.

    I agree with Stephanie. The problem with pulling TV series in response to real world events is that it equates reality with fiction. Thus, in the minds of the BBC, Stephen Butchard and Warren Brown are as culpable as real criminals - which is ridiculous. The fact is, it isn't in respect of the families of the victims - it's because of anticipated viewing figures which just makes the act incredibly offensive.

  • Comment number 36.

    Really enjoyed the whole story, and look forward to seeing it's conclusion at an appropriate time in light of Manchester incident. We think Warren is excellent in the lead role, and is adding to a fine body of work, by bringing a realism to the writer's script. We look forward to seeing Warren and Stephen's future work.

  • Comment number 37.

    Well it has been a week since the sad events in Manchester . However there has yet to be any information regarding the showing of the final program in the "Good Cop" story.
    It is in my opinion one of the best things to come out of the BBC this year, i do hope it can be offered on I Player soon, otherwise i would have almost forgotten what the plot was given the intricate detail of the story line

  • Comment number 38.

    Can someone from the bbc please tell me when the final episode will be shown? Thanks

  • Comment number 39.

    best series i have seen in a long time,will they be showing the last episode?

  • Comment number 40.

    When would we view the 4th Episode?

  • Comment number 41.

    Hello all,
    Glad to say a date has been set for the final episode of Good Cop - the programme page has it as Saturday, 13 October at 10.30pm on BBC One.

  • Comment number 42.

    I really enjoyed the series and i hope you make an other one gripping ending left u thinkin what gonna happen next now he killed that young lad well he carry on or not?

  • Comment number 43.

    Good Cop is THE best drama that I have watched in a very long time. I was gripped from the very first episode. I'm undecided how I feel about the ending...I really hope there will be a second series as there's surely still a good story to be told?

  • Comment number 44.

    Absolutley fantastic, was gripped from the first episode, brillaint story and the actors were great, warren brown is very yummy!!!
    The wait for final episode was worth it, didnt expect in a million he would shoot kyle even if it was a mistake then take his phone and run.
    The ending has left me wanting more though, what happens to sav? does he get caught or give in?
    Please tell me there is going to be another series, it was so gripping.
    Well done bbc on such a great show

  • Comment number 45.

    Have really enjoyed the first series of Good Cop. Surely there is going to be a second series? If so, can you tell us when this will be

  • Comment number 46.

    Totally enjoyed Good Cop, great location, casting was excellent and acting outstanding. I was so looking forward to the delayed screening of the 4th episode and watched it with anticipation last night, couldn't wait to see how all the loose endings tied up. Did Sav get found out ? Does Jonjo get away with his involvement in Andys murder ? Does Sav manage to have any relationship with his daughter ? Does the decorating ever get started in Savs house ?
    I couldn't have been more disappointed ! Really gutted that it ended the way it did, left me with more loose ends.
    I can only hope the reason for this will be a 2nd series in the future otherwise I feel really cheated out of a dramatic ending.

  • Comment number 47.

    O.M.G I loved it all my mates around Liverpool also, John Paul an amazing policeman kept me gripping to my seat.and the person who mention is not being real? of course not u dope ....... I think it was a story about how maybe some police think what they would like to do to the criminals because our judical sysytem is crap? I was actually shouting at the tv last night for him to get over nextdoors wall ... although at the end grrrrrrrrrrr u naughty ppl left us hanging, hope there is a 2nd series. well done to all the cast and crew x Paula Liverpool

  • Comment number 48.

    Fantastic series, gripping and real, kept me on the edge of my seat all along......please BBC can we have series two it really is too good a drama to leave dangling!

  • Comment number 49.

    Superb tense and gritty drama series, excellent script and acting. The best BBC drama series to be screened in years. Such a shame it had to be broken up by real life events. I hope the BBC will show all four episodes again back to back, as I missed the final episode on TV and had to watch it on my computer, not ideal. Warren Brown is a tremendous find, nice to see new, highly talented British actors on TV. ***** Five Stars !! I wish all channels would stop previewing next episodes at the end of the current one and leave the credits full sized with no one talking over them or previewing other shows. Where is the sense of atmosphere. Have you anything else in the pipeline Mr Butchard ?

  • Comment number 50.

    There has just got to be another GOOD COP series, superb.

  • Comment number 51.

    Pure fantastic BBC veiwing - police drama, it's "A Must See Film"...

    I trust that the BBC releases further episodes and welcome the heads up if they are going to release them!

    For once in a while, you 'The BBC' have actually released a something NEW and well worth paying your TV licence for, so come on BBC lets see more positive action!

    Jonathan Phoenix
    Stafordshire, UK

  • Comment number 52.

    Sensational series. A massive triumph for everyone concerned.
    Deeply meaningful and believable.
    A brilliant portrayal of sensitivity, brutality and intrigue.
    Congratulations and thank you.
    Wendy Met Police Officer 1979-1999

  • Comment number 53.

    Good Cop - Absolutely awesome, totally gripping, great acting and story line, a breath of fresh air to TV. We so want another series!!! Please BBC, lets have another series!!!

  • Comment number 54.

    Great season 1 but my question is are we all hoping for a season 2 coz they carnt leave it like this. Hoping its a short break befor its back on again.

  • Comment number 55.

    Absolutely amazing drama, warren brown (john paul) is fab! In need for series 2 now please BBC Loved it.

  • Comment number 56.

    Dear All,

    Thank you all so very much for ALL of your comments, I really do appreciate you taking the time and trouble to log on and respond to the show - and so pleased so many of you liked what you saw. The generosity of your comments is incredible.

    To Wendy from the Met: comments like yours', coming from an officer with 20 years service... thank you.

    To daveross1: no idea regarding a season 2 mate, lap of the Gods time!

    To Paul: can he carry on? Human Beings have this incredible ability to do just that - carry on - keep going. And his Dad needs him!

    To Bidie In: I personally, and the team as a whole did carry out extensive research - although sometimes we have to make the decision between fact and drama. But Officers really do keep going, even when a partner has been beaten, if the individual feels up to it; if the people around the individual feels they're up to, then they keep on keeping on. Visits to counsellors are not compulsory, again, it is about the individual - so Sav staying put and carrying on doing his job is for real. I sat opposite a DCI and asked the same question, and she said "Yes, definitely." That was good enough for me. But you're right to ask the question! I do the same thing because if you abandon truth in drama, things begin to unravel.

    To JJP - not sure I should say anything regarding the ending, as like a song, drama does and should say different things to different people. However... I PERSONALLY feel the ending is satisfying - whether Sav gets away with it or gets caught is not important at this point in time, what is important (for me anyway) is that he has now killed an innocent; Kyle. Everything he stood for, everything he believed in has, in that moment, been destroyed. For Sav as he was, that moment is the end. But just because I wrote it, it doesn't mean I'm right! You're opinion is as valid as mine - and what drama should do is create discussion.

    I'll check back in a few days, even if it's only to read once again the nice things that have already been written! Thank you all again, for watching and for writing, it's greatly appreciated.

    Best Wishes


  • Comment number 57.

    What was an otherwise mediocre and forgettable cliche ridden police drama consigned itself to the dustbin with its ridiculously contrived non-ending. Was it supposed to be clever and open to interpretation?

    This wasn't a clever or ambiguous ending - it would be like a book ending mid-sentence with several blank pages.

    Perhaps the saddest thing is that the situation created at the end by the protagonist crossing a moral event horizon was infinitely more entertaining than much of the pseudo-intellectual attempts at moralising.

    Generous fellow I am, I'd say 4 out of 10, although the ending alone would justify it getting a 3 or perhaps even a 2.5...

  • Comment number 58.

    To Prophet Tenebrae: Who cares what score YOU gave for the ending? How was it a 'non-ending'? The ending kept the viewer thinking about what would/could happen next and left it open for a possible second series - not, as you describe, 'like a book ending mid-sentence with several blank pages'. Not all stories have to have neat, spelled out finishes for people with no imaginations. I, hope there is a second series and hope it isn't too long before it's commissioned.

  • Comment number 59.

    Well I've just registered for a BBC id specifically to comment on this series. What an excellent programme, very dramatic with a wonderfully dark, brooding, thoughtful way of capturing the unfolding drama. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, at times physically shaking with the excitement and nervousness about what was going to happen. I particularly loved the ambigous nature of Sav's character - are we supposed to sympathise with him, pity him or be scared of him? I'm not sure if he's ultimately a good guy or bad guy. I thought the father figure added a great extra layer of depth to Sav, as well as the nurse prostitute.
    Also, the guy who played Noel the low life was extraordinary. He genuinely stole episode 1 and was fabulously diabolical. All in all a brilliant series and I really hope it can be continued.
    Rich P

  • Comment number 60.

    I just watched the 4th episode of this series. I am hoping that the BBC gives us a 2nd series. Please don't leave me hanging on that ending...need more please!! From Canada

  • Comment number 61.

    I agree with all the positive comments. Superb.
    One thing niggles. I must have missed why Sav went back to retrieve the gun from Jonjo's girl friend's house. I thought he planted it to have him arrested.

  • Comment number 62.

    Good Cop was one of the most exciting dramas I have seen in a long while. Pity it was interrupted but of course the reasons were totally appropriate. Some of the more ardent fans were slightly disappointed with the outcome. I feel however that a Good Cop 2 could dispel these frustrations. Heres hoping. Really if you are going to start something like this then you really need to finish it properly xxx

  • Comment number 63.

    Absolutley brilliant series, Warren Brown is a great actor & gorgeous too ;-). Really hoping for a 2nd series. I don' suppose anyone has an idea of the song in the title? apparently its called 'Armies' by Tricky, i cant seem to find this anywere!

  • Comment number 64.

    I was absolutely captivated by episodes 1-3. The characterisation of Sav responding to the situations he faced was quite gripping. I thought that Warren Brown was good but somewhat wooden in the role and would improve his skills no end by spending more time with Michael Angelis who is a top class actor. The supporting cast and technical presentation was excellent.

    The concluding episode was such an anti-climax! The main thread of the story became jumbled and was then lost completely – why on earth would Sav risk going back to retrieve the gun when he had his man trapped and surely facing a lengthy prison sentence? Wouldn’t an anonymous tip off have led to the police raid that seemed to be staged for dramatic affect around the central character and for no other reason?

    As for the protection provided for Amanda…come on. Only one vehicle left in pursuit when the other is predictably diverted to another incident? I assume the Merseyside Police motorcycle division bikes were all in the garage for servicing.

    The final episode was like watching a one-off episode. More Death Wish than Shawshank. I thought the real problem was that the two most interesting baddies were killed off far too early. The series would have benefitted from more insight into their depravity – that would have added to the entertainment. In the end Sav was a sap.

  • Comment number 65.

    I actually signed up to create an account to comment on here, just like RichP did.

    Had to come online to find out more about Good Cop and what the future holds for it. Good Cop - wow totally gripping, edge of seat drama, what a fantastic series, couldn't wait for the next episode to air so we could watch it. The mix of emotions stirred up with each episodes from feeling an adrenaline rush, to feeling anxious to physically tensed up, to excited about what to expect next. HAve to say with so much rubbish aired on TV these days I've personally waited a long time to watch such a high callibre drama series. The last episode was delayed being aired due to the programme being rescheduled in light of the Manchester Police Killings (completely understandable).

    How disappointing it was when it all ended, surely there must be more to come?? I truly do hope so, so many unfinished stories beginning to unfold, and so many loose strings left untied. My Husband and I absolutley loved watching this together, it made fantastic viewing, and created several discussions at work too!

    Well done, seriously Congratulations to all who worked on this, the cast were fantastic, especially loved was Sav (Warren Brown is such a fantastic actor) and his Dad (Michael Angelis who's familiar voice was recognised from narrating Thomas the Tank Engine whom my son loves watching), those were the main characters on whom the story was based upon and I would love to see more of them if Good Cop 2 was broadcast. Please BBC and Stephen Butchard don't let us all down!! Here's hoping eh???

  • Comment number 66.

    Gripping, Sensational, Thrilling.. absolutely loved this series. My life won't be complete without a second series.

  • Comment number 67.

    What an incredibly poor and disappointing ending this four part drama series actually had.

    Words such as anti-climax and inconclusive spring to my mind.

    Did script writer, Stephen Butchard, get inspiration from the previous BBC drama, Inside Men, which also had an equally terrible and disappointing conclusion?

  • Comment number 68.

    Good Cop series 1...I was hooked and simply cant wait for series 2....Please let there be a series 2 :-)

  • Comment number 69.

    Absolutely brilliant. loved it can see him getting deeper and darker can't wait until series 2.. well done

  • Comment number 70.

    Loved the series but feel it lost it's way at the end - why did Sav suddenly change tack and start killing other offenders (and his informer) whilst the guy who was involved in his police colleagues murder was still unfinished business and the walking into the sea - what was that about? I guess as long as there is a series 2, all this can be resolved......................

  • Comment number 71.

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  • Comment number 72.

    Hi can anyone tell me the name of the track/artist for the song at the beginning of episode 4.

    Great series.

  • Comment number 73.

    Just watched episode 4 on iPlayer - I got a bit lost due to the re-scheduling. What a terrific drama - so much apart from the usual police shows we see. Great writing, and the actors were outstanding; particularly Warren Brown of course. His out-of-control calmness was brilliant; right up until the last shot (of both varieties!).

    We have to have a second series though; if nothing else to find out of his poor old dad cottons-on.

  • Comment number 74.

    Excellent series- deserves much praise and more episodes surely a must. This is what I pay my license fee for. Superb drama.

  • Comment number 75.

    Any mini drama that gets me to come back for the last episode says a huge amount. Whilst in this case the ending was not written in stone, I did what some very good storytellers' make you do, lead you to your own conclusion.

    If it's done well,from a viewer's perspective, it makes you want more of the same, done badly and you almost instantly write the whole thing off.

    I was suitably impressed. Congrats to the writer, the cast and the director

  • Comment number 76.

    Dear Stephen, really like the series. I do think its different, and genuinely tragic. I wanted to ask how you got your break into TV crime writing? I have written a crime novel but I think it is best suited to TV...any thoughts on how it's best to get it seen? Thanks!


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