BBC Pulls Cop Show Season Finale After Real-Life Police Deaths
LONDON – The BBC has withdrawn the final episode of drama Good Cop following the deaths of two police officers earlier this week.
The public broadcaster has withdrawn the season finale from its schedule, due to air Thursday evening, because it features a violent attack on a female police officer.
The U.K. is currently coming to terms with the deaths of police women Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23 in a gun and grenade attack in Manchester Tuesday this week.
The duo's deaths have been dominating news bulletins and talk shows for the last two days in a country where police officer fatalities in the line of duty are still rare.
"In light of news events, BBC One has postponed the final episode of Good Cop, due to transmit at 9 p.m. tonight," the BBC said in a statement.
The drama will be rescheduled to a later date.
Repeat episodes of satirical news quiz Have I Got News For You and comedy sitcom Outnumbered will be shown in its place.
Good Cop stars Warren Brown, whose acting resume boasts stints on cop show Luther and Inside Man, as a frontline officer in Merseyside.
Written by Stephen Butchard, Good Cop focuses on the responses of officers dealing with emergency number 999 call-outs.
The opening episode saw a police officer murdered in the line of duty.
Bone and Hughes suffered fatal injuries in a gun and grenade attack after attending a house following reports of a burglary.