Head of production Anita Jacoby confirmed an in-principle agreement had been reached with the AFP, but said nothing had been signed. Zapruder had been in discussion with the AFP since the beginning of last year and she hoped production would begin within a few months. She described the show as a “cross between Australian Story and RPA“.
Ms Jacoby said the show would bear no resemblance to other reality-TV shows featuring law enforcement agencies, such as Border Security. “It will be much more an observational documentary series. We’re much more about meeting the AFP officers and telling their stories,” she said.
AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty yesterday also revealed that the AFP had once explored the idea of a drama series with Crawford Productions, makers of such long-running hits as The Flying Doctors, The Sullivans and Cop Shop.
“It has been thought of,” Mr Keelty said. “I guess one of the difficulties is we tried this many years ago with Crawfords … and it’s very hard to represent – well, it was in that era – what we really do.”
But the AFP’s reputation had recently taken a battering since the case of Gold Coast doctor Mohamed Haneef, who was detained and charged with a supporting terrorism offence.
The case collapsed when the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions admitted there was insufficient evidence to obtain a guilty verdict.
Factual shows have built exhaustive relationships with government departments including customs, state police, fire, rescue, air force, animal welfare, medical and more. Sea Patrol enjoys the co-operation of the navy, as such shows elevate the visibility and heroics of government divisions. The factuals are also considered cost-effective, should they prove successful.
The AFP’s vast terrain of policing, includes everything from terrorism, drug raids and a role in the Pacific region.