SCU: Serious Crash Unit


SCU: Serious Crash Unit is a New Zealand documentary series, which airs on TV2 in New Zealand. SCU did not return in 2016 and the show was cancelled. 7 Seasons in total were produced.

SCU: Serious Crash Unit
GenreFactual Television Series
Written bySharon Bennett, Peter Clews, Jenny Williams, Paul Hagan, Nicola Griffin
Directed bySharon Bennett, Peter Clews, Jenny Williams, Paul Hagan, Candace McNabb
Narrated byShane Cortese, Craig Hall
Composer(s)Liquid Studios
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes49
Production
Executive producer(s)Andrea Lamb
Producer(s)Peter Clews, Jenny Williams
Production location(s)Auckland, New Zealand
Editor(s)Phil Holt, Jon Kirk
Camera setupOPC, multi single-camera crews
Running time22 minutes (approx)
Production company(s)Greenstone TV Ltd - www.greenstonetv.com
DistributorTVNZ
Release
Original networkTV2, TV One (current)
Picture format576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release2 April 2004 
26 May 2015
Chronology
Related showsCrash Investigation Unit
External links
Production website

Overview

SCU: Serious Crash Unit follows a New Zealand Police based Auckland Serious Crash Unit as they investigate crashes, and then join up the evidence found at the crash scene to find out what really happened, and what caused the accident. The series also talks to family members whose loved ones where involved in the crash.

Even though the media commonly refers to road crashes like these as accidents, the police do not use the word 'accident' as it suggests that it was no one's fault. The truth is that every crash has a cause or causes that are usually related to human factors. To quote the former head of the Waitemata SCU (the unit featured in the series): "There is no such thing as an accident".[citation needed]

Episodes

Season 1

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11"Albany/Novotel"2 April 2004 (2 April 2004)
Two vehicles are destroyed in a fatal head-on accident on Albany Bridge, but who was to blame?
22"Okura/Stanway"2004 (2004)
The SCU investigation into a crashed four-wheel-drive reveals disturbing facts about the vehicle and the road.
33"Simpson Rd/Southern Motorway"2004 (2004)
The morning drive to work for two West Auckland factory workers ends in tragedy on Simpson Road in Ranui.
44"Windy/Wellsford"2004 (2004)
When a young father loses control of his vehicle on his way to visit his children, the SCU suspect his brakes may have been at fault.
55"Whangaparaoa/joe Dee"2004 (2004)
The SCU are called to two separate and horrifying crashes - both on Whangaparaoa Road. Were both fatal?
66"Bush/Dome"2004 (2004)
When a young motorcyclist is killed in a collision with a truck, it is a complex job to analyse the many factors that could prove the truck driver is innocent or guilty.
77"Upper Harbour/titrangi"2004 (2004)
When a bus veers out of control in Titirangi with fatal results, the SCU uncovers the shocking facts behind the crash.

Season 2

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TBA1"Wainui Road"2005 (2005)
The police investigate the death of 27-year old, Hamish MacDonald driving home from a night out with friends.
TBA2"Golf Road"TBA
The police investigate one of their toughest cases yet, a fatal crash that has killed three people - two of them children. The team needs to find out why the car left the road and hit a pole Was it a problem with the road, the car, the driver, or a combination of all three?
TBA3"Lincoln/Newtown Road"TBA
The police investigate why a car has ploughed through an intersection hitting another vehicle and critically injuring the driver, who is now fighting for her life. Was there a problem with the car itself? Will forensic evidence be the key to solving the case?
TBA4"Kahikatea"TBA
The police investigate the death of a young man whose car has come off the road as he's heading home to a family emergency. The crash happened on an easy bend but by piecing together the forensic evidence the police discover the tragic reason behind his death.
TBA5"Oriel/Coatsville"TBA
The police investigate a crash where a car has left the road and hit a tree. The driver had just left a party, was drinking involved? Or perhaps the car parts discovered in the back of his vehicle will reveal the truth.
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Season 3

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TBA1"Te Hana"TBA
On a Sunday afternoon, two family holidays end in tragedy. The Rodney District SCU attend a fatal smash with one driver having to be airlifted to hospital and nine others injured. Constable Colin Nuttall investigates the reasons behind this tragic crash.
TBA2"Muriwai/Rua Rd"TBA
A day at the beach ends in tragedy for a couple and Constable Karl Bevin from the Rodney District SCU arrives at the crash scene to find that the car driver was killed after a massive impact. Elsewhere, a young girl on a pushbike has been rushed to hospital with critical injuries.
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Season 5

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TBA1"Mangatawhiri"2012 (2012)
the SCU investigate a crash where a truck driver is killed after he swerves to avoid crashing into a line of traffic on a busy state highway. How could this tragic accident happen on a road he's driven practically every day for over forty years?
TBA2"Wellsford"2012 (2012)
many lives are shattered when two young women are killed and three women are seriously injured after a horrific multi vehicle high speed crash south of Wellsford.
TBA3"Pinewoods"2012 (2012)
the SCU investigate a serious crash where a rising touch rugby star is killed when he is thrown from a car as it plunges over a 25 metre cliff at a camping ground north of Auckland. How did the driver manage to walk away from the incident practically unscathed and did alcohol and drugs have a hand to play in this shocking crash?
TBA4"Hobsonville"2012 (2012)
The SCU investigate a fatal crash after a motorcyclist, who has just finished building his classic motorbike, is killed when he tries to avoid a car at a notorious intersection.
TBA5"Mill Road"2012 (2012)
The SCU investigate a crash where the mother of three young children is seriously injured when she swerves into the path of an oncoming truck. Questions are raised over cause of the crash: was she on the phone? Or were poor diet and lack of sleep factors in this crash?
TBA6"Wily Road"2012 (2012)
A man is killed when his BMW fails to take a bend, rolling six times down a hill, leaving his partner and young daughter with moderate injuries.
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Season 6

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TBA1"Papakura"29 July 2014 (2014-07-29)
The investigation into a single vehicle crash at a major intersection takes on many twists and turns after the SCU investigate reports of road rage earlier in the evening.
TBA2"Lincoln Road"5 August 2014 (2014-08-05)
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Join the SCU as they investigate a fatality at a notorious intersection that has already claimed many lives
TBA4"kaiaua"19 August 2014 (2014-08-19)
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Season 7

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TBA1"Kingseat"21 April 2015 (21 April 2015)
the SCU investigate a double fatality at a notorious intersection that has already claimed many lives.
TBA2"Port Waikato"28 April 2015 (28 April 2015)
the SCU investigate a tragic crash where an Australian tourist is killed while on a quad bike tour.
TBA3"Birdwood"5 May 2015 (5 May 2015)
the SCU investigate a fatal crash after a motorcyclist is killed driving a very familiar road.
TBA4"Maramarua"12 May 2015 (12 May 2015)
the SCU investigate a tragic crash where an elderly woman is killed on a notorious highway, after colliding with a truck, just kilometres from home.
TBA5TBA26 May 2015 (26 May 2015)
Lives are shattered when two young women are killed, and three women are seriously injured after a horrific multi vehicle high speed crash south of Wellsford.

Broadcasting

The following list is ordered by the date of the series premiere.

CountryTV Network(s)Series PremiereWeekly ScheduleStatus
New ZealandTV2N/AAll episodes aired
AustraliaChannel Seven17 March 2008Monday 8:00pmAll episodes aired

Ratings

Australia

In Australia, SCU: Serious Crash Unit was watched by 1.4 million viewers in its premiere episode, and received similar ratings in its second week.[1] In its premiere week in Australia, SCU: Serious Crash Unit was the third most watched program in the five mainland state capitals.[2]

The second series premiered Monday 8:00pm at 1.2 million viewers,[3] and ratings have remained between 1.2 and 1.7 million viewers, following a strong lead in from Border Security: Australia's Front Line.

References

  1. "Stay In Touch", Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved 14 December 2006
  2. Five mainland state capitals include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
  3. "The Tribal Mind", The Sun-Herald, retrieved 28 April 2008