Ross Kemp on Gangs is a documentary series which ran for four seasons on Sky television in the UK between 2004 and 2009. Kemp travels across the world with a film crew to to interview members of gangs, law enforcement authorities, and sometimes victims of gang related activities. He aims in each episode to gain contact with the gang leadership to obtain a direct face to face interview. The show won a BAFTA award in 2007 for best factual series.
We have all episodes of series four available to watch here on Documentary Vine, navigate them via the numbered tabs below the video player or via the episode list below. If you haven’t already done so then first watch series one, series two, and series three.
Kemp visits Compton is Los Angeles to interview the Crips and Bloods, an area which has been described as the gang capital of the world by its own local mayor. Compton has over 1,000 gangs which together boast over 100,000 members, often divided by territory and ethnic background. Kemp also investigates the war being waged between African American and Latino gang members.
In episode two he travels to the cities of Sofia and Plovdiv in Bulgaria to explore the world of highly organized Bulgarian gangs, and spends time with Roma families to understand what it means to be a member of a Gypsy gang. The Roma in Bulgaria and Romania are said to be involved in people trafficking, the sex trade, and in pick pocketing and ATM crime in Western Europe. He also meets members of a Neo-Nazi gang who battle for control of city streets and despise the Roma.
Kemp investigates the drugs trade in Belize where gangs fight an ongoing turf war in the slums for control of the supply of drugs, and explores some of the weapons that the gangs use in their conflict including grenades high explosives.
A special extended episode, Ross Kemp travels to Kenya to meet members of a secretive ethnic organisation known as the Mungiki – considered to be the most dangerous gangs in Kenya and involved in beheading and torture.
In a special half hour episode he returns to Kenya, four months after filming episode four, and visits the town of Eldoret where an entire community of children were left orphaned by political violence and left to scavenge from rubbish dumps to survive. Many of the kids had become addicted to sniffing glue.
In the sixth and final episode of series four, and the last ever episode of Ross Kemp on Gangs (unless he ever films another series), he visits the city of Liverpool in the United Kingdom to explore the rising number of violent incidents relating to a turf war between the street gangs of Croxteth and Norris Green. The broadcast had to be delayed by four months due to the ongoing high profile murder trial which was related to that gang violence.