ITV bosses have spotted an area of crime drama that they have yet to cover, and are moving quickly to fill the gap.
With the rest fo the British Isles covered, from PC Plum in the Shetlands, to Bergerac in the Channel Islands, there is not an area of Britain that is not involved in some detective drama. Newcastle has Jimmy Nail, Scotland has Taggart, whilst Manchester and London have a wealth of talent to draw on from the Sweeney to Cracker. The Home counties can call on the Midsommer team, whilst Cambridge has Morse and Lewis. Dalziel and Pascoe have the highest clean up rate in Yorkshire and Liverpool has the Liverpool 1 team cracking down on vice.
"We've identified that Birmingham has no crime fighting heroes," said Paul Eece, head of Crime Drama at ITV. "Currently the only person to catch evil villains in the Midlands is Brum."
Brum, the popular children's TV character is a sentient car that normally deals with simple robberies and escaped elephants. The show is to be remade into a gritty police drama starting Lenny Henry as Brum, ably assisted by Frank Skinner and Noddy Holder.
"Elements of the original show will remain," Eece said. "There will be plenty of jaunty tunes for the characters to dance to and although it will be gritty, it will also have the same colour cast used in CSI: Miami to make it as colourful as the original."
Channel Five are set to respond with a British CSI, set in Manchester called CIS: Manchester.