Crimewatch celebrates 30 years of nightmares

BBC CRIMEWATCH is celebrating 30 years of forcing its way into the homes of ordinary people and giving them nightmares.

“He’s behind you”

Since it began in 1984, the late-night show has solved thousands of crimes and disturbed millions of hours of sleep.

Former presenter Nick Ross said: “I used to chuckle every time I said ‘Don’t have nightmares,’ because I knew I was sending the audience off to an eight-hour sweat-soaked reverie about masked men at the foot of the bed.

“If you watch a show dedicated to exposing how swiftly and irrevocably the lives of ordinary, law-abiding people can be shattered by some sick maniac and sleep peacefully afterwards, you are one of those maniacs.

“As early as the second series we were only in it for the nightmares. Solving crimes was a very distant second.”

In an anniversary Crimewatch: Where Are They Now? next week, Fiona Bruce will revisit the most disturbing crimes of the last 30 years and remind viewers that the perpetrators are now free to offend again.

Care worker Tom Logan said: “I’ll always remember the first ever Crimewatch when I was 10 years old, because I revisit it every single night and wake up screaming.

“Thankfully I’ve never been the victim of a crime, though there are five people who walked too close to my house late at night in shallow graves in my back garden.”


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Di Maria looking forward to watching Champions League on TV

MANCHESTER United’s Angel Di Maria is excited about watching the Champions League from his own sofa.

The winger has spent four frustrating years at Real Madrid missing out on the most prestigious club competition in the world because he was always on the pitch playing in it.

He said: “When I was a boy in Argentina I used to dream of watching the Champions League on a gigantic television, but ever since moving to Europe I have been working nights.

“Tonight I have beer, I have nachos and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to hear Adrian Chiles introduce the game with an irritating, poorly executed pun.

“And I learn so much from the expert commentary of Andy Townsend. Who knows better about the top level of the European game than a man who twice won the League Cup?

“Football doesn’t get any better than this.”