Created by Paul Abbott, the popular British police series Touching Evil chronicled the exploits of the elite Organised & Serial Crime Unit, headed by Detective Inspector Dave Creegan (Robson Green). His relentless pursuit on such venal criminals as child rapists and serial killers, inevitably took a toll on Creegan's private life, breaking up his marriage and straining his relationships with his children. Unlike similar American cop dramas, this one required full viewer attention, with intricate plot lines and sudden, unexpected clues abounding. The editing of the series earned a Royal Television Society award for Sue Wyatt. Presented by Granada Television, Touching Evil originally ran 16 hour-long episodes from 1997 to 1999. It was subsequently followed by a brace of sequels, Touching Evil 2 and Touching Evil 3.