Law & Order: UK (series 8)
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|Law & Order: UK
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Original run||12 March 2014 – 11 June 2014|
|List of Law & Order episodes|
On 28 June 2013, Bradley Walsh confirmed on This Morning that an eighth series had been commissioned and would start filming in October 2013. ITV later confirmed that Law & Order: UK will return in 2014 with an eight episode series, and that Ben Bailey Smith had been cast as DS Joe Hawkins who replaces Paul Nicholls as DS Sam Casey.
This was the last series of Law & Order: UK to air before the show took an indefinite break on 11 June 2014.
- Bradley Walsh as Detective Sergeant Ronnie Brooks
- Ben Bailey-Smith as Detective Sergeant Joe Hawkins
- Paterson Joseph as Detective Inspector Wes Leyton (episodes 1-7)
- Sharon Small as Detective Inspector Elizabeth Flynn (episode 8)
- Dominic Rowan as Crown Prosecutor Jacob Thorne
- Georgia Taylor as Crown Prosecutor Kate Barker
- Peter Davison as Henry Sharpe, Director of London Crown Prosecution Service
Note: Temporary episode guide taken from ITV press release.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Viewing figures
(sourced from BARB)
|Original Law & Order episode|
|46||1||"Flaw"||Mat King||Nicholas Hicks-Beach||12 March 2014||4.24||"Refuge, Part I" (26 May 1999 )|
|A police car chase ends when the car the police are pursuing crashes into an oncoming lorry, killing the driver. They find another dead body in the boot, with his teeth and hands missing. Ronnie and his new partner Joe Hawkins (Ben Bailey Smith) investigate the death. After questioning a number of suspects, the victim, jeweller Harry Bernstein, has a sister who is on the jury for the trial of Dale Horgan, a drug dealer and murderer that Ronnie tries to apprehend years before. The sister, Rebecca Bernstein, received her brother's severed hands in a box with the message "not guilty". The defence barrister in the trial, Eleanor Richmond (Helen Baxendale), argues that the jury was tampered, and they are dismissed. However, the trial would still continue with Horgan's fate to be determined by the judge alone. However, the judge ultimately finds Horgan not guilty, reasoning that the prosecution has not met their burden of proof. However, Joe manages to convince a witness, a scared young graffiti artist, into revealing what transpired during Harry's murder, by sending him to the scene of the crime. After identifying the murderer, Joe and Ronnie question him, where he reveals that Horgan organised the murder. In turn, Ronnie arrests Horgan again for conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice.
|47||2||"Safe from Harm"||Mat King||Tom Grieves||19 March 2014||3.88||"Betrayal" (5 March 2008 )|
|An investigation into fatal stabbing of a psychiatrist who treats children is complicated when a bed is discovered in his office. Guest starring Ramon Tikaram.|
|48||3||"I Predict A Riot"||Mat King||Richard Stokes||26 March 2014||4.29||"Ramparts" (13 January 1999 )|
|The body of a police officer missing since the 1980s is found in a car boot. Past racism in the police is exposed in the investigation. Guest starring Roger Lloyd Pack and Graham Cole.|
|49||4||"Pride"||Mat King||Matt Evans||2 April 2014||4.29||"Identity" (5 November 2003 )|
|Ronnie becomes personally involved in a murder investigation when the father of his former colleague, Natalie Chandler, is suspected. She interferes in the investigation to try to exonerate him. Guest starring Roy Hudd and Harriet Walter.|
|50||5||"Customs"||Joss Agnew||Jamie Crichton||9 April 2014||4.42||"Ritual" (17 December 1997 )|
|Guest starring Haydn Gwynne.|
|51||6||"Bad Romance"||Joss Agnew||Louise Ironside||16 April 2014||4.51||"Denial" (8 October 1997 )|
|52||7||"Hard Stop"||Jill Robertson||Noel Farragher||23 April 2014||3.97||"Criminal Law" (6 March 2011 )|
|Wes is killed in a brutal attack. Other officers are killed as well and Henry Sharpe becomes a target
|53||8||"Repeat to Fade"||Jill Robertson||Richard Stokes||11 June 2014||3.83||"Marathon" (17 November 1999 )|
|Note: This episode was originally due to air on 30 April 2014 but was postponed by ITV due to a plot which incorporates events considered insensitive and that relate to the stabbing of a teacher in Leeds earlier that week. It was rescheduled for 11 June.
- "ITV recommissions Law & Order: UK for an eighth series". ITV Press Centre. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- Digital Spy - Law & Order: UK series 8 finale pulled by ITV
- ITV Press centre http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep8week24/law-order-uk#.U4eQJmFOXmI
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