Law & Order: UK (2009–2014)
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The nine-year-old skeleton of David Ackroyd is discovered in Thames mudflats. Ackroyd was clearly shot but in 1999 Luke Slade was convicted of his murder although no corpse was found and an... See full summary »


Andy Goddard


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Walsh ... Ronnie Brooks
Jamie Bamber ... Matt Devlin
Harriet Walter ... Natalie Chandler
Ben Daniels ... James Steel
Freema Agyeman ... Alesha Phillips
Bill Paterson ... George Castle
Iain Glen ... Luke Slade
Paul Darrow Paul Darrow ... Judge Prentice
Nicola Sanderson Nicola Sanderson ... S.O.C.O. Joy Ackroyd
Tariq Jordan Tariq Jordan ... Teddy
Amber Aga ... Elena Adani (as Amber Agar)
Edmund Kente Edmund Kente ... Judge McVeigh
Michael Smiley ... Danny Doyle
Charlie Covell Charlie Covell ... Louise Ackroyd
Bryony Afferson ... Alison


The nine-year-old skeleton of David Ackroyd is discovered in Thames mudflats. Ackroyd was clearly shot but in 1999 Luke Slade was convicted of his murder although no corpse was found and an unreliable witness claimed that Slade told him he had stabbed his victim. Whilst in jail Slade has become skilled in the law and wins himself a re-trial, putting James Steel's career on the line in the process. Fortunately for Steel, a visit to Slade's old cell-mate yields results. Written by don @ minifie-1

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22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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David Ackroyd was murdered on December 24, 1999. Luke Slade was convicted of his murder on March 30, 2000. See more »


Luke Slade: How many bodies must be buried in London? This city was built on corpses. Why does this one matter so much to you?
James Steel: [intensely] They all matter!
Luke Slade: [laughing] You really mean that. God how do you manage, living with that conscience? Does it keep you awake? I mean, literally, does it?
James Steel: No more than yours must.
Luke Slade: Well, we're not the same. You're an obsessed, discredited man, out on his own, while I'm rehabilitated into society. For a while, you were the only person who got the better of me. I couldn't let...
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This is far from over, Mr. Steel!
19 October 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

An old man was sifting Thames bank in order to find something valuable with a metal detector: he found a gold watch together with a human skeleton. Detectives soon realized it is related to a missing person who was declared dead nine years before and a man (Iain Glen) had just been convicted for the murder. By chance the prosecutor at this time was the actual prosecutor Steel but there are many things to be cleared: the victim was shot in the skull, the killer didn't slide his throat as was presumed at the time; besides the murder place was not Chelsea but Tower Hamlets where the body is located. The convicted man managed to obtain a retrail thanks to his law knowledge (he have been studying laws during all this time spent behind bars). Steel struggle to find out further evidences in his support, but it's a long road and time is a wasting.

This episode displays how much been an educated person counts. The perp was able to set prosecutor up due to his reading time in the joint, where he had a lot of time to organize his revenge.

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