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.

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.

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.

MINOR SPOILER ALERT!!

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

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 76. Posted by Loveisaverb

    on 24 Oct 2012 21:38

    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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  • Comment number 75. Posted by EggOnAStilt

    on 24 Oct 2012 18:26

    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

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  • Comment number 74. Posted by Mark H

    on 24 Oct 2012 10:25

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

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  • Comment number 73. Posted by StephenD

    on 20 Oct 2012 01:48

    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.

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  • Comment number 72. Posted by uthred the wicked

    on 18 Oct 2012 22:10

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

    Great series.

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  • Comment number 71. Posted by truth

    on 18 Oct 2012 21:03

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by MrT

    on 17 Oct 2012 18:25

    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......................

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by word2urmumma

    on 17 Oct 2012 11:58

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

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  • Comment number 68. Posted by wamy

    on 17 Oct 2012 09:22

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

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  • Comment number 67. Posted by Polemicist

    on 16 Oct 2012 20:55

    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?

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