Home TV by Decade TV Shows - 1960s Police 5

Police 5

1 9 6 2 – 1 9 9 2  (UK)

police5Before 1962, Shaw Taylor had been a television quizmaster, but when ATV found they had a five-minute gap in their schedules they offered the time to the Metropolitan Police as a public service.

The result was Police 5, presented – as it was for many years – by Taylor.

At first, the police were suspicious of the venture but eventually came to appreciate it as a valuable aid in the fight against crime.


In the 1970s there was even Junior Police 5, (also known as JP5) which, far from investigating burglaries into doll’s houses or jelly baby-snatching, sought the help of youngsters in solving bank raids and so on.

Known in the underworld as ‘whispering grass’, Shaw Taylor always signed off with the reminder to “keep ’em peeled”.

Taylor died in March 2015, aged 90, at his home in Totland, Isle of Wight.