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Produced by Double Act, the 15x30 series SAS: Catching the Criminals will take audiences on an immersive journey, and look at how police and enforcement teams are increasingly using military and SAS tactics to catch criminals.

Theft, fly tipping, and environmental crimes are on the rise, with unsolved crimes seemingly going unpunished. Billy will travel across the UK, shadowing the forces using covert intelligence, surveillance and disruption to target anti-social crime around the country.

He will follow multiple police forces, local councils and trading standards, to see what tactics they are applying to their investigations and honing their techniques and improving their skills to seek out the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Billy will also be speaking to victims of some of the crimes the programme is exposing, as well as meeting some of the local community who have helped solve cases. Each episode will also feature an elaborate sting operation, planned and executed by the teams that Billy follows.

Billy says, “It’s incredible to see that police forces and enforcement teams are now adapting SAS techniques to catch criminals. It’s been great to shadow and help them develop techniques to put criminals behind bars...

"There is so much time that goes into these sting operations, and to see live results with a build up to the catching of these unscrupulous individuals will be a real thrill for audiences. I’m excited to be a part of this brilliant series.”

Double Act’s, Larry Walford, Executive Producer for the series said: “This is a great new lens on crimefighting and Billy is an energetic and enthusiastic presenter who brings a huge amount of gravitas to the series from his past experiences in the SAS”.

Rob Unsworth, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak commissioning comments, “SAS: Catching the Criminals will be a brilliant new addition to our schedule, with a dynamic, immersive premise that grabbed us right away...

"We know viewers will be as intrigued as we were to gain such an unprecedented insight into the techniques used by police forces and enforcement services across the UK as they bring wrongdoers to account.”

Lindsay Bradbury, Commissioning Editor adds: “Billy’s expertise in the SAS and the techniques he will use and teach the forces will surprise the audiences – and the criminals.”

The series will air later this year.

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