9 items from 2011
It's giveaway time again here at Flickering Myth and this time we have a real treat for fans of British police procedurals, having teamed up with Zavvi to offer one of our lucky readers the chance to win a fabulous nine disc boxset featuring seasons 1-4 of Law and Order: UK.
Read on for a synopsis and full details of how to enter the competition...
"Law & Order: UK is the British version of the hit Emmy Award-winning Us television drama Law & Order and tells the stories of two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. The series features a stellar cast of British talent that includes Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Harriet Walter (The Young Victoria), Ben Daniels (The State Within), Freema Agyeman (Dr Who) and Bill Paterson (Little Dorrit)."
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Much like its fellow franchise members, Law & Order UK follows a familiar, well-worn path. The police investigate crime, find who they think is their man or woman and then hand the matter over to the Crown Prosecution Service who then prosecute the suspect. Personal lives and soap-operatic elements are left to one side – this is all about the cases.
Law & Order UK seems to have real legs. Here we are with season 4 on DVD, with season 5 due to start airing this week on ITV (for UK viewers). Despite its slavish devotion to the established format and despite the numerous Us iterations (the original series, Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury) it has found an audience and from the evidence of this season, rightly so. This is very much a case of “if it ain’t broke”, with this season relying upon a re-hashing of the stories from episodes of the Us series, »
- Dave Roper
What's the point of a magic show where the tricksters keep everything up their sleeves?
It would be passé to go on about Jonathan Ross's lisp, but hosting Penn and Teller, he seems to have stopped enunciating altogether. Maybe he only enunciates for top dollar. "Get ready to be full! No, you don't want to be full . . ." Penn, who looks like a man who doesn't mind being full at all, looked as confused as I was. It wasn't until the camera panned back to show the full set that I realised he meant "fooled". That's the premise, by the way, of Penn and Teller: Fool Us (ITV1, Saturday). Magicians do tricks for them; they have to say how they're done. If they can't work it out, the contestant goes to Las Vegas, which is just about the last place on earth where "magician" is a job title.
As a suspense-cum-talent show idea, »
- Zoe Williams
If I’m being completely honest, and I really do try to be, I had no idea there was a Law & Order: UK. And I’m not surprised. The Us remakes a lot of British television, so why can’t the opposite be true as well? The UK show has obtained two new actors to join the cast, Dominic Rowan and Peter Davison.
Rowan will play Jacob Thorne, the new senior prosecutor replacing James Steele (Ben Daniels). Thorne was made for this job and will let nothing stand in his way when prosecuting. Davison plays Henry Sharpe who has just accepted the job of director of the crown prosecution. Sharpe is “a down-to-earth pragmatist” with a past connection to Thorne. The two actors are joining current series stars Badley Walsh, Jamie Bamber, Harriet Walter and Freema Ageyman
I have to admit; I’m a tad curious how a show like »
- Brody Gibson
To mark the release of Law & Order UK Series 4 on July 11th, Universal Playback have given us three copies of the series to give away on DVD.
Following on from the dramatic Series 3 finale, Law & Order: UK – Series 4 offers six explosive new episodes that see the dedicated squad, and their trust in the facts, the law, and in each other, tested like never before. This series see’s the team investigate the death of an ex-Premier League Footballer, unravel a conspiracy involving senior level government officials and work to defend fellow prosecutor James Steel as he stands accused of tampering with evidence after an old case is reopened…
Watch as London’s finest deal with some of their most demanding situations to date as DS Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber) and DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) continue to investigate the diverse crimes spreading across the city that never sleeps. Teaming alongside them, »
Law & Order: UK returned to ITV1 with almost 5.5m on Monday evening, trouncing Motorway Cops on BBC One, according to the latest audience data. Series four of Law & Order: UK, starring Freema Agyeman and Bradley Walsh, premiered with 5.48m (21.9%) on ITV1 in the 9pm hour and 84k (0.5%) on timeshift. The show proved too strong for Motorway Cops, which managed just 2.92m (11.7%) on BBC One. Earlier on ITV1, The Lakes entertained 3.61m (14.2%) from 8pm and 85k (0.3%) on timeshift. Elsewhere on BBC One, Panorama: Smoking And The Bandit mustered 2.98m (11.8%) from 8.30pm and new BBC comedy Mrs Brown's Boys amused 2.68m (19.5%) from 10.45pm. Coach Trip continued with 1.54m (10%) on Channel 4 from 5.30pm and 262k (1.3%) on timeshift. Later, Dispatches: Selling Off Britain fetched 810k (3.2%) from 8pm and 65k (0.3%) (more) »
- By Andrew Laughlin
Just how just is the British justice system? Two shows on TV at the moment offer some valuable insights into the criminal process
ITV1's quick-draw crime-busting series Law & Order: UK (9pm, Mon, ITV1), which returns for a fourth series this week, is undoubtedly a major hit with the public. Why, there are loyal viewers clamouring right now for another episode in which detective sergeant Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) stands over a corpse, chomping on a pulled pork baguette with apple sauce, boo-hooing about his divorce, while hunky Lee Adama from Battlestar Galactica (Jamie Bamber playing detective Matt Devlin) questions all the suspects in scenes lasting no more than 46 seconds, in dialogue reminiscent of the kids' board game Guess Who? "Do you own a hat? [Yes.] Do you wear glasses? [No.] I am arresting you, Humphrey, for this violent bludgeoning as you are the only person with a hat but no specs. »
- Grace Dent
Law & Order: UK star Bradley Walsh has admitted that the eating habits of his character DS Ronnie Brooks can be a "major problem". Speaking ahead of the launch of the fourth series next week, Walsh recalled one scene in particular which saw him eating four full-size pizzas. We were filming a scene where I'd have to eat a slice of an 18-inch pizza while walking and talking to Harriet (more) »
- By Ryan Love
Actor Harriet Walter is one of the few to speak out about the fate of older women. Yet now aged 60 and in the throes of 'wonderful new romance', she has just been made a dame. What next?
Although friends had confidently predicted the fact in advance, Harriet Walter insists that it was a genuine surprise when her agent called to say she was going to be made a dame. "I said, don't be silly, I'm not a national treasure." But the letter duly arrived. "These are the sorts of things that you want your parents to be alive for," she says.
Walter is a slim person, with long hands that cradle a wine glass as though it's the most delicate thing in the world. What with one thing and another, she hasn't managed to eat all day, and is pale and keyed-up. Perhaps that exacerbates the wistfulness in her tone, »
- Aida Edemariam
9 items from 2011
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