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Crime and Punishment

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Gabriel Weston examines how television has played a crucial role in documenting seismic shifts in British law and policing, from the death penalty to laws against homosexuality.

From the death penalty, to laws against homosexuality, Britain's criminal justice system has undergone momentous change in the last 70 years.

In this Timewatch guide to Crime and Punishment, presenter Gabriel Weston examines how television has played a crucial role in documenting these seismic shifts in British law and policing.

Looking back through the Timewatch back catalogue of documentaries and a host of BBC archive rarities, Gabriel discovers how historians and filmmakers have not only chronicled these profound changes in law but also managed to shape public opinion.

By highlighting miscarriages of justice, like that of the wrongful imprisonment of the Birmingham Six, or by shining a spotlight on other issues of corruption and damning flaws in police procedures, Gabriel finds that television actually became a powerful agent for change.

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Wed 9 Nov 2016 03:00

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Role Contributor
Presenter Gabriel Weston
Camera Operator James Daniels
Camera Operator Lorian Reed-Drake
Sound Kevin Meredith
Colourist Jonathan Fetherston
Re-recording mixer Aaron O'Neill
Series Producer James Gray
Production Manager Patricia Burns
Executive Producer Emma Parkins
Producer Andy Webb
Director Andy Webb
Editor Andy Webb
Archive Source BBC
Archive Source Bridgeman
Archive Source Getty
Archive Source ITN Source
Production Company 360 Production


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