I wrote a TV show about police corruption and was nearly prosecuted for sedition
My series Law & Order is now 40 years old, but problems in our criminal justice system remain – and the Establishment still won’t confront them. To be a police officer in the Met in 1978, when my original TV drama Law & Order was broadcast on BBC Two, was to be corrupt. If you weren’t, you were likely to end up on the door of the Lord Chancellor’s office at the High Courts in the Strand. One policeman who refused either to play or become a whistleblower (“grass” in the parlance of the day) was cast out and made former Attorney General Michael Havers’ doorman.