Adam Deacon, the north-London actor known for a host of gritty urban-set films, asks whether we can trust the police in a one-off documentary to be aired on BBC television this evening.
Deacon made the one-hour programme for the BBC’s youth-oriented channel, BBC 3, as part of their Crime & Justice season.
In it, the 29-year-old follows police as they attend incidents at a number of locations and speaks to law-abiding people who say they have been mistreated by the police.
Those taking part in the film include a football-loving family – who tell Deacon how they were set upon by police dogs – and a woman who claims her daughter died through police negligence. According to This is Staffordshire, Deacon also speaks to “[his] closest friend [who] was tasered in a case of mistaken identity”.
Deacon was brought up in the the London Borough of Hackney, UK, by his mother after his father walked out on them when he was just two years old.
In his late teens, he appeared in minor television roles and in Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2001 film Ali G Indahouse; but it was Noel Clarke’s Kidulthood that was to become his big break as an actor.
Since then, he has starred in a number of films, including Clark’s Adulthood and 4-3-2-1 – respectively, a sequel to and spin-off of Kidulthood. Other films include Bonded by Blood (2010), Payback Season (2012) and his own Anuvahood (2011).
His television work has included Sugar Rush (2005), Being Human (2009) and Gunrush (2009). In 2008, Deacon appeared in Clarke’s TV pilot drama, W10 LDN, which, unfortunately, didn’t win a full-series commission.
Earlier this year, Anuvahood – an urban comedy, which Deacon co-wrote and co-directed – won him the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Last week, in an interview with STV, Deacon spoke of his surprise at receiving the award. He said, “Something like the BAFTA I didn't see it coming. It really threw me a lot, I always felt that there was a massive connection between me and the people out there but I didn't always feel that from the industry and I just think that that was just a nice kind of pat on the back. It felt amazing.”
DVD proof of identity!
Speaking ahead of tonight’s documentary – Can We Trust The Police? – Deacon admits that he himself is wary of the police. According to Contact Music, he’s been stopped so many times by the police that he’s taken to carrying copies of his own DVDs with him to prove who he is.
Elaborating, Deacon tells the Sun, “You do come across officers who get angry when they discover you are not a criminal. They start pulling up the mats. It happens often enough to me that I keep a copy of one of my DVDs in my car so I can show it if I get stopped.”
However, he adds that there are younger people entering the police who are wanting to make a difference, help their communities and change public attitudes towards the police.
Can We Trust The Police? is broadcast this evening – Monday, 25 June – on BBC 3, at 9 p.m.