WriterPaul Abbott DirectorDavid Richards Music directorHal Lindes CountryUK
Release date1997 CastLiam Cunningham, Nick Reding, Rachel Davies Similar moviesBaffled! (1973), The Girl in the Cafe (2005), This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000), Twenty8k (2012), Perfect Day (2005)
Police 2020 is a one-off television pilot, first broadcast in 1997, that was set to be the first episode of an ongoing British crime drama series. Set in the near future, the pilot starred Liam Cunningham as DCI Billy O'Connell, the head of a police nightshift force, who is tasked with tackling an armed suspect, Eddie Longshaw (Keith Barron), who takes a group of Russian immigrants hostage in an elevator after blaming the immigrant population for an outbreak of tuberculosis that took the lives of most of his family.
However, whilst conducting his investigation, O'Connell and a close colleague, Marsha Beagley (Rachel Davies), are both in the process of competing for a promotion, and are being monitored throughout the crisis to see who performs better, unaware that their superiors are taking advantage of the situation to pit them against each other. Although the feature-length pilot gained much press attention, a full series was not commissioned. Notably, the pilot has never been commercially released on VHS on DVD.