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Law & Order UK: Season 2 - Preview

Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOW our very own Criminal Justice System from crime to case-closed, as the US TV phenomenon gets a quintessentially British make-over.

Having kicked off 2010 with the January 11 DVD release of the début series of Law & Order: UK, Universal Playback is now releasing the second series on February 22, following its broadcast on ITV1.

Unfailingly intriguing and with impeccable credentials across the board, this brand new version of the massively successful US format is the definitive look at how the investigators and the prosecutors together maintain Law and Order… UK-style.

The cream of British acting talent is brought together in an ensemble cast of extraordinary breadth to star in Law & Order: UK, which became an instant hit and was watched by over 6 million viewers when broadcast on ITV1 in 2009.

Representing the front line is Bradley Walsh (Torn, Coronation Street) as DS Ronnie Brooks – a real East End copper’s copper, and friend & partner to the charming DS Matt Devlin, and Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), whose approach to policing is part force, part seduction.

Both report to Harriet Walter (Atonement, The Young Victoria) as DI Natalie Chandler, a working mum who would back them to the end.

On the side of the Law is the Crown Prosecution Service team comprising Freema Agyeman (Dr Who, Torchwood, Little Dorrit) as hard-working, strong-willed young prosecutor Alesha Phillips; Ben Daniels (The Passion, The State Within, Cutting It) as dedicated Senior Crown Prosecutor James Steel, a man on a mission for justice; and Bill Paterson () as their respected boss, CPS director George Castle, a man trying to balance his ideals with the bigger picture.

Outstanding talent behind the scenes too includes producers from and Ashes To Ashes, along with intense, lively and tantalising scripts by Chris Chibnall, who counts highly successful series such as Life On Mars and Torchwood among his prestigious credits.

Law & Order has become television’s pre-eminent brand, with the original US version still the record holder for the most consecutive (11) Emmy nominations for a drama series.