Here we are in the middle of the November TV sweeps and many new and old shows are showing off their best stuff in order to be renewed on the main networks.
One of the best “non-main” networks is BBC America which has given us such shows as the original “Top Gear”, “Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares” (British version), “Merlin” and “The Graham Norton Show”. In the present fall TV season BBC America premiered “Law and Order: UK” very quietly amidst all hustle and bustle of season premieres around the networks.
” Law and Order: UK ” is exactly what it sounds like, Dick Wolf’s idea transferred to London. What makes this show wonderful to watch is that it seems to be Mr. Wolf’s ORIGINAL idea that made the trip to London from back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s when the show in its New York incarnation was at its best. “Law and Order: UK” writers create the depth of story and the concentration on crime and procedure that was so good in the early days of “Law and Order”.
The UK characters consist of an older Detective Sargent who has been married several times and is protective of his younger more headstrong partner. Yes, this is a reminder of Jerry Orbach and is brought to life beautifully by Bradley Walsh as Ronnie Brooks. The headstrong partner, very attractive to the ladies, is played by Jamie Bamber in the true fashion of the best Law and Order partners. Instead of a DA this show has a Crown Prosecutor and if ever there was a Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) clone in the British system, James Steel (Ben Daniels) is it.
The differences attracts one to the show initially, the attorneys wearing wigs in court, people driving on the left, accents sometimes a little hard to understand and rules of evidence that seem to dramatically differ with those of the U.S. The heart of this show is the reason one would watch every week. The writing is excellent and, as with many British products, the minor characters are played as well as the major ones. When you get sick of Law and Order, SVU, Los Angeles, CI, check this out. Here are the Law and Order roots, played excellently in Britain. This show is on BBC America, Fridays at 9 p.m. eastern time.