As far as crime dramas go, Law and Order UK (it’s been given the added UK title because we stole it from our cousins across the pond, and why not? They stole The Office), may not be as dark and thoroughly harrowing as Trial and Retribution or Rebus. Thankfully neither is it as ludicrous and weak as Midsomer Murders. It’s more middle-of-the-road crime drama, enough to keep you interested, but not enough to give you nightmares.
It features the wonderful Bradley Walsh, whom surely no one could dislike – no matter whether he was playing a funny dad in a sitcom or a stark raving mad serial killer, he would still come across as a really lovely bloke. Bradley plays DS Ronnie Brooks, hard working copper, slightly dishevelled, former alcoholic, he is easily the best character in the show. His partner DS Matt Devlin (played by Jamie Bamber) is the young, good looking and quiet half of the duo. For some reason, though, this series JB has been sporting a very dodgy hairdo, bordering on bouffant with a bizarre flick at the front of his head. I must admit this made my admiration for him go down quite a few notches, that and the fact that he’s been acting like a bit of a wimp in the past few episodes. Coppers don’t cry do they? Anyway, my admiration
Who are you calling a wimp?
for wimpy Jamie soon shot up again when my friend’s daughter introduced me to some photos of JB on Google Images. WOW! Cheers, Caitlin, you have renewed my interest in Law and Order, even if it is just in case one week the storyline involves JB having to remove his shirt!
The first half of the programme centres on the crime and the investigation by DS Brooks and DS Devlin (calm down, girls), mainly, it seems, by them having discussions about the on-going investigation in the busy streets of London while carrying around (obviously empty) take away coffee cups. Then they go and discuss the case with the boss lady, DI Natalie Chandler, played by the fabulous Harriet Walter (who, incidentally, is the niece of Christopher Lee). Alas she also seems to have not been allocated an office despite her high rank and conducts her meetings with Brooks and Devlin in corridors, highly populated streets, or in doorways of what I presume are other peoples’ offices. Now I hate to be dramatic, but if, God forbid, I was ever the victim of a crime I would hope my case would be discussed in slightly more confidential surroundings than Oxford Street.
Anyway, despite the lack of suitable meeting rooms or anywhere with a desk and chair, they always get the baddie and we move onto the next part of the show, Order. This consists of the Legal team headed by James Steel (Ben Daniels) spending the first five minutes trying to convince his boss George Castle (Bill Patterson), that the case is strong enough against the criminal to stand up in court. Then there’s usually an ad break and they take said baddie to court. After several more open confidential discussions on the busy streets of London, with even more empty coffee cups in hand, James Steel and his partner Aleesha Phillips (Freema Agyeman) start to build a case. Then after pulling an all-nighter in the office (yes – an office!) they discover a willing witness, or a blast from the baddie’s past shows up to give yet more damning evidence and that’s it…in the dock, guilty verdict and down they go!
So despite the fact that every week the format is the same but with a different crime and a different investigation, the show does work and it does keep you watching. But even though I now know that despite the bouffant hair and the recent blubbering, underneath Jamie’s shirt is the body of an Adonis, it’s still Bradley that makes the show work for me!
Posted by The Lovely Nicola