LAW & ORDER UK adapts some of
the better LAW & ORDER episodes. The episodes are rewritten for London and the
British setting. Ben Daniels does steal the show as Crown Prosecutor James
Steel. I don’t miss the original characters of LAW & ORDER because
I love the British versions more.
On the Law side are DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley
Walsh), DS Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber), and DI Natalie Chandler (Harriet Walter) while on the Order side are Crown Prosecutor
James Steel (Daniels), CP Alesha Phillips (Freema Agyeman), and their boss, George Castle (Bill Patterson)- head of the London
Crown Prosecutor Service. Brooks is cynical while his partner Devlin is
an idealist. You see Devlin wants to have a thing with Alesha while it’s
hinted at that Alesha and Steel could be involved outside of work. Castle
takes his cases personal because he believes every case matters even if he loses it.
In one episode, Castle finds a second way to get the criminal when the jury says not guilty on other charges. Then Castle does get too involved when the first criminal he convicted gets
set free (UNSAFE). Ronnie deals with his drinking problem and even
gets into trouble when he tries to protect someone else (HONOUR BOUND) while Alesha deals with what happens to her (ALESHA). The episodes of the series are very tightly scripted with some good guest stars
like Sean Pertwee (VICE) and Iain Glen as Luke Slade (UNSAFE). I hope the
next set episodes will have originally scripted stories without having to be adaptations of episodes from the US
Three audio commentaries are on this set-
CARE with Executive Producers Andrew Woodhead
and Chris Chibnall, and Producer Richard Stokes
SAMARITAN with Executive Producer Andrew
Woodhead, Producer Richard Stokes, and Director Andy Goddard
HONOUR BOUND with Producer Richard Stokes
and Director Andy Goddard
Deleted scenes are included for almost
every episode except two of them.
Freema Agyeman takes the viewers on tours
of the Police and Crown Prosecution sets. The set also has interviews with Bradley
Walsh, Jamie Bamber, LAW & ORDER Creator Dick Wolf, and Executive Producer Chris Chibnall on disc one while disc three
has interviews with Harriet Walter and Producer Richard Stokes.
FINAL ANALYSIS: LAW & ORDER UK Season One may be a Target Exclusive (at least for now), but it is one for fans of LAW
& ORDER and British crime drama to pick up. The episodes put a fresh
spin on old LAW & ORDER episodes in a British context which I quite enjoyed. Plenty
of extras make this a great set. Now I wonder when the show will air in the USA
and when Season Two will make its way to DVD.
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