This series first shown on Channel 4 is a real delight for anyone interested in history, the police force or gritty crime dramas. For once an historical crime series has been made that has the grittiness of more modern programmes. The acting is excellent and the storylines are strong.
Welcome to the dark underbelly of London where crime is rife and only the City's watchmen exist. Enter the Fielding brothers who created the Bow Street Runners, the precursor to todays CID. This series, created by using accounts from the time show that the Fieldings had enough trouble to keep getting a budget as they did fighting the criminals of the day. In an age where to even mention a police force in London would have been seen by the Mob to be despotism, this series shows the fine line that had to be trod by the Bow Street Runners just to solve a case, let alone bring someone to the Tyburn Tree.
Let us hope that another series wil be made, as this is really a gem, and the kind of series that has kept myself and others enthralled.