A new show Famous and Fighting Crime premiers on Monday, and will see well-known celebrity faces train to become serving members of the Special Constabulary.

The format will see the celebrities paired with serving regular constables completing shifts from Public Order and rowdy bus shifts, to custody and burglary deterrent shifts.

Lee McMurray, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 Formats, said the “great cast of familiar faces” would “make for a fantastic Channel 4 series that will have broad appeal” as well as giving “fascinating insights into contemporary Britain”.

Special Constables, or Specials, are warranted police officers with all the powers of their regular colleagues – wearing the same uniform, carrying the same kit, and even driving the same vehicles if permitted to do so by their force. Specials perform their duties on a voluntary basis and receive no payment for doing so, although some forces may provide benefits to their officers.

The first of four episodes premiers Monday, 11th February at 9pm on Channel 4, with Jamie Laing, Sandi Bogle, Penny Lancaster, Marcus Brigstocke and Katie Piper all joining the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Picture credit: Channel 4.