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Law & Order UK: 1st Season - d1/3

Director(s): Dick Wolf

Theatrical Release: 2009

Cast: Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber, Harriet Walter, Ben Daniels, Freema Agyeman, Bill Paterson

Genre(s): TV, Drama, crime, mystery, Dean's List

Countries: United Kingdom


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Running Time: 193m.

The dedicated police officers doing the dirty work are recovering alcoholic DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh), who substitutes booze with food, and the younger, smoother DS Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber), who can come on strong. Backing them both to the hilt is DI Natalie Chandler (Harriet Walter). Once the crooks are caught and the evidence has been gathered, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) takes over. Fighting furiously for justice week in week out is Senior Crown Prosecutor James Steel (Ben Daniels), who is supported by the younger but equally committed Alesha Phillips (Freema Agyeman). They're kept in check by CPS director George Castle (Bill Paterson), who steers his office with a steady hand. (imdb.com)

01: Care - A baby's corpse is found in a bag at the local hospital, poisoned by gas fumes from a faulty heater in his mother's flat. A fellow tenant, Mike Turner, has been bribed by the landlady, Maureen Walters, to harass the occupants into leaving so that she can renovate the building for higher rents and he is charged with tampering with the heater and killing the child. Although a mistrial is initially called when the building's French caretaker is mistranslated, D.S. Brooks gets the trial back on track when he finds that Mrs. Walters has been bribing environmental health officers and persuades Turner to testify against her.

02: Unloved - A 13-year-old boy is found kicked to death at Euston station. Mandy, his mother, is a former drug addict and her boyfriend is in the frame as the murderer because he is already suspected of physical abuse towards the victim. At the trial, defence barrister Beatrice McArdle advances a bizarre line of defence - her client is "genetically predisposed" towards murder and, therefore, has no control over their actions.

03: Vice - The body of ex-vice squad officer Frank McCallum is found in the back of a car. He apparently was killed after oral sex. Though married to an adoring wife Frank had a roving eye and money from the paintballing firm for which he worked is unaccounted for. The trail leads to a shop run by two friends,Emma and Kate, who moonlight as high-class prostitutes to pay for their sons' school fees and Emma's unique and expensive lipstick is identified amongst the forensic evidence in the back of the car. She claims that Frank tried to rape her and that she killed him in self-defence. Castle and his team of prosecutors are not convinced and prepare to do battle with the formidable defence lawyer Phyllis Gladstone.

04: Unsafe - 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. (imdb.com)

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DVD Special Features:

! Deleted Scenes

! Interview with Law & Order UK creator Dick Wolf

! Interviews with Bradley Walsh and Jamie Bamber

! Interview with writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall

! Tour of Crown Prosecution Service Set with actress Freema Agyeman

! 'Care' Commentary with executive producers Andrew Woodhead and Chris Chibnal, and producer Richard Stokes
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