Crimewatch will return revamped in September, with two new presenters in Jeremy Vine and Radio 1 news journalist Tina Daheley
Crimewatch will return to BBC1 this September with a new look, a new format and two new presenters in TV presenter Jeremy Vine and Radio 1 news journalist Tina Daheley.
Crimewatch was most recently presented by Kirsty Young and Matthew Amroliwala.
The long-running crime appeals series will also go weekly and the first episodes will be broadcast live and on location from the scene of a key crime being examined on the episode.
Jeremy said: “I grew up watching Crimewatch. It is one of the most powerful programmes the BBC has ever broadcast with the power to change and save lives, and of course, to solve crimes. To present it is a great honour and with this new format Crimewatch will be even more at the heart of the BBC One schedule.”
Tina said: “I also grew up watching Crimewatch and I feel very privileged to join a programme that’s allowed ordinary viewers to help bring criminals to justice and make our communities safer.
“Young people often suffer most from crime, so I’m especially keen to use my journalistic skills and experience engaging young audiences at Radio 1 to make sure they feel part of the new look show.”
The series will continue to feature the show’s well-known mix of appeals, dramatic reconstructions, CCTV footage and ‘wanted faces’ that have proven so vital to the police who turn to Crimewatch to catch the perpetrators of high-profile unsolved crimes.
But in a first, Crimewatch will take viewers to the heart of key appeals across the UK, as each episode broadcasts live from a mobile incident studio based near the scene of a key crime featured that week.
Viewers will be able to respond to appeals immediately using the usual Crimewatch phoneline as well as via text and email.
As well, audiences will be kept up to date with developments on the cases immediately after and in the week between each episode via live updates on a new digital platform.
Crimewatch’s executive editor Joe Mather said: “Viewers will find it easier to know when the programme is on and by having Jeremy and Tina broadcast live on location we’ll be able to show more clearly than ever that Crimewatch and its viewers are at the heart of solving serious crime in the UK.
“Your call really could be all it takes to put an offender behind bars.”
Following its September 2016 series, Crimewatch will return to BBC1 for its next block in early 2017.