The nation was gripped once again last night as millions more continue to tune into the new BBC documentary series centred around “fighting organised crime” in central Manchester.
If you’re yet to get on board with the hype around the show, this new five-part BBC Two series – titled The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime – explores real instances of organised crime in Manchester, and the team of detectives trying to put a stop to it, with each episode covering cases as they happen.
Filmed over the course of two years, what sets this show apart from other similar series’ is its exceptional coverage of live police investigations.
This is unprecedented access to the Greater Manchester Police.
During last night’s episode – which documents an incident and spate of criminal activity that was covered multiple times in the national press back in 2018 and 2019 – a van pulled up outside an address on a residential street in Manchester at 4:50pm on a summer’s evening, with the occupants of the vehicle shown delivering drugs to a local crack house.
As the driver gets out and goes to the door, a masked man bursts out and shoots repeatedly into the van – and then across the street at the escaping driver.
The passenger of the vehicle, Luke Graham, is shot through the chest, and despite the efforts of local people and first responders, he later dies in hospital.
GMP’s Major Incident Team (MIT) launch a murder investigation.
The suspects are believed to be members of a violent organised crime group and as the investigation unfolds, the police team are seen meticulously piecing together evidence from CCTV and phone records to uncover a large-scale conspiracy that was suspected to have involved up to ten members of the organised crime group.
Just like after last week, many viewers stunned by the nature of the events in yesterday’s episode took to Twitter to share their range of reactions, thoughts and feelings.
The praise for the show continues to flood in.
The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime continues on BBC Two at 9pm next Tuesday.
There are a total of five episodes in the series, with each episode available to watch on BBC iPlayer directly after airing live.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
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Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.