Court TV nabs U.K. hit ‘Ratrap’

Reality show to focus on petty crimes

Court TV has acquired U.S. rights to U.K. hit reality series “Ratrap,” which films street criminals caught red-handed.

Show will focus on petty crimes, such as break-ins, stolen luggage and graffiti. High-tech hidden cameras were placed around public places to capture crooks in the act; each episode offers analysis to help viewers protect themselves.

Four half-hour segs have been picked up for a Sept. 12 premiere, with the possibility of more.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this hit British series to American television,” said Art Bell, Court TV’s exec VP of programming and marketing. “Not only is it highly entertaining and well produced, but in the process, it can help some viewers avoid some troublesome and expensive nuisance crimes.”

Stateside version will be updated to include new information and context.

“Ratrap” is a Granada TV production. Anthony Horn will exec produce for Court TV. Series was acquired by Lynn Kirby and Mark Fichandler.

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