Miriam O'Reilly to co-host BBC1's Crimewatch Roadshow

Presenter who won age discrimination case against BBC over sacking from Countryfile to join live daytime series

Former Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly is to return to BBC1 for the first time since winning her age discrimination case against the corporation as one of the faces of a daytime Crimewatch spin-off show.

Crimewatch Roadshow has been commissioned by BBC daytime controller Liam Keelan, who admitted at the presenter's employment tribunal last year that he had not heard of O'Reilly at the time he was looking for a replacement for Countryfile.

O'Reilly will join former detective Rav Wilding on Crimewatch Roadshow, travelling around the country investigating crimes that "can affect us all" including con tricks, burglaries, arsons and muggings.

The live show, which will air across four weeks on BBC1, will also feature 80 "wanted faces" who the police are trying to track down.

O'Reilly said: "I'm delighted to be working on a
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Ginny Buckley joins 'Crimewatch Roadshow'

Ginny Buckley has signed up for the new series of Crimewatch Roadshow. The former Sky News presenter will host the show from the studio while Rav Wilding fronts it live on the street. The daytime show, which highlights crimes in local areas, will visit Lancashire, Humberside, Kent and the West Midlands when it returns in June. Last year, the series featured crimes including the theft of explosives from a paintballing venue, a fatal hit and run incident and a burglary. (more)
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Hybrid TV shows: are you ready for One Man and His Dog Borstal?

As the BBC brings back the disappointingly sensible Crimewatch Roadshow, what series would you like to see merged?

Crimewatch Roadshow is a real and serious programme, in which Ginny Buckley and the man who must by law be referred to as "former detective Rav Wilding" tour the country "helping to solve the everyday crimes that affect us all". I learn this from a press release announcing the second series, which means somebody must have watched first time around. But somehow it passed me by – which is why I immediately imagined Crimewatch Roadshow to be a sinister merger between Crimewatch and the Antiques Roadshow. Don't have nightmares? That could be a problem.

I'm just trying to figure out how it would work. Do criminals bring in antiques to be priced and fenced, and hope they don't stumble across the plainclothes officer concealed among the experts? Do members of the public bring in criminals for impromptu sentencing?
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