Following the highly successful launch of Law & Order: UK, ITV has today revealed that it’s commissioned another 13 episodes to go into production later this year.
Law & Order: UK is based on Dick Wolf’s groundbreaking US format which remains one of NBC’s top-rated, dramatic series. Commissioned for the UK by Peter Fincham, ITV’s Director of Television and Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama, the first series was launched in February with seven episodes to 6.5m viewers and a 26% share of the audience. Series One then averaged 6.3m viewers and a 25% share across all episodes.
The critically acclaimed cast, including Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber and Freema Agyeman will also be returning to continue their fight for justice.
Series One attracted a fantastic line up of guest stars including Dervla Kirwan, Holly Aird, Iain Glen, Lesley Manville, Patrick Malahide, Colin Salmon, Juliet Aubrey, Sean Pertwee, Frances Barber, Cyril Nri, Derek Riddell and Keith Barron.
The new series will also be co-produced by Kudos Films and Television, Wolf Films and NBC Universal. The executive producers are Jane Featherstone (Spooks, Ashes to Ashes), Andrew Woodhead (The Fixer, Spooks) and Stephen Garrett (Burn Up) for Kudos and Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of Law & Order for Wolf Films. The producer will be Richard Stokes who also produced Series One of Law & Order: UK.
The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, Law & Order is the most successful brand on primetime U.S. television. The series is a two time Emmy Award winner, including the 1997 Award for ‘Outstanding Drama Series’. It is also the record holding drama series for the most consecutive nominations (11). Law & Order has also turned into one of television entertainment’s most pre-eminent brands, with successful spin-offs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Law & Order is the longest running crime series in the history of U.S. television where network NBC has just announced a 20th season.
Are you glad it’s going to be back? I’ve never actually seen any of the previous series – which is a tad shameful for a TV critic to admit – but given the viewing figures, it’s obviously a very popular show so I’ll make a point of tuning into the new series!