Although it starts its airing tonight on BBC America, Law & Order: UK isn't really new to American audiences. It's been released on DVD as a Target exclusive since March (a wide release is planned for the end of this month), and all of its scripts are adapted from episodes of the original US version. However, for those yearning for a fix of real Law & Order (especially after the unsatisfactory taste of Law & Order: Los Angeles), the UK version will do quite nicely.
The series opens with Care, which is adapted from the 1992 US episode Cradle to Grave by Torchwood and Life on Mars writer Chris Chibnall. DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) and his junior partner, DS Matt Devlin (the always great to see Jamie Bamber, familiar to US audiences from Battlestar Galactica), are called when a dead nine-month-old is left at a local hospital. They discover that his death was caused by the gas heater in the apartment in which he lived, and probing how that came to be unearths more than just a malfunction. There's a devious landlady at work, one who wants to sell the property to developers for tons of cash and therefore has to get rid of her tenants - at any cost. However, chief prosecutor James Steel (Ben Daniels) and his second chair Alesha Phillips (Doctor Who's Freema Agyeman) have other ideas. The plot may be new to those who don't remember early Law & Order, but for those of us longtime fans who were watching back then, it's almost a refreshing reminder of how good the show was even in its first years.
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