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Follow the highlights of various criminal types' adventures as they go about their business. The camera blurs faces and voices before commiting to disk so it's useless as evidence in a court of law.
(I have no clue if police departments or the (alleged) criminals they deal with are sufficiently well
compensated for the airing of incidents, but in my humble'ish opinion the fact that "Cops" is into it's 22nd season doesn't reflect well on society)
||Would certainly test the limits of reporters' shield laws. This
could be a good thing: the litigation would be paid for by
profitable producer of lowbrow entertainment, but less well-
funded investigative reporters would enjoy the benefits. I'm
assuming 1) stronger shield laws are a good thing (debatable)
and 2) better-funded litigation is more likely to extend the
case law in a direction favorable to those providing the
funding (less debatable).
||There's been a few things like this, most of them presented by either Ross Kemp or Danny Dyer - and I distinctly remember watching two South African ne'er do well's talking to Loius Theroux once.
||interesting concept, already all sorts of documentary shows showing drug users and the likes. Not to mention "cheaters" occasionally catching people in the act with prostitutes.
||also isn't there that show were the former thief breaks into peoples homes to show them how easy it is?