The Vice was an ITV police drama about the Metropolitan Police Vice Squad. It ran for five short series between 1999 and 2003. It tells the story of the London Metropolitan police forces vice squad, where prostitution, under-age sex, and other such organised crime are regular occurrences. Most episodes end in such a way where the main villain is caught but often not in a ‘naturally’ concluded way that you would expect with other TV dramas, and often ending an episode with more questions unanswered than answered. Philip appeared in series five as Jason.
The small dedicated team is led by Detective Inspector Pat Chappel (Ken Stott) who struggles to manage the balance between his home life and his work life – as do the other members of the team. Working in the seedy underworld leads to a continual dilemma for the team – the tension between the Vice Squad and the vice-related crimes that they investigate runs throughout the series and gives the show a rich viewing experience. The programme often blurs the line of the team staying on the right side of the law.
The show experimented with different formats: Three seasons of two-part, one hour episodes. A single season of ninety minute episodes, and then a final extended season of self-contained one-hour episodes. The show was not continued when Ken Stott decided to leave at the end of 2003.
Series Writing credits: Barry Simner (12 episodes, 1999-2003), Rob Pursey (8 episodes, 1999-2003),J.C. Wilsher (4 episodes, 1999-2000), Clive Bradley (3 episodes, 2001-2003), Mike Cullen (3 episodes, 2002-2003), Paul Henry Powell (2 episodes, 1999), Anita J. Pandolfo (2 episodes, 2000), Simon Tyrrell (2 episodes, 2000) Series Directed by Roger Gartland (4 episodes, 1999-2001), Jon East (3 episodes, 2002-2003), Douglas Mackinnon (2 episodes, 1999), Philippa Langdale (1 episode, 2000), Matthew Evans, Michael Samuels , David Thacker. Series Produced by Rob Pursey …. executive producer (8 episodes, 1999-2003), Stephen Smallwood …. producer (8 episodes, 1999-2003), Ken Baker …. associate producer (4 episodes, 1999-2003), Antony Adel …. producer: title sequence ITV 2003