Episode 7

Monday, 6 April 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

The first series of Law & Order: UK concludes with a shocking storyline involving Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips, played by Freema Agyeman.

When Harley Street gynaecologist, Dr Alec Merrick, (Derek Riddell) is accused of sexually assaulting one of his patients during a routine examination, DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh), DS Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber) and DI Natalie Chandler (Harriet Walter) are brought in to investigate. But how can they find enough evidence when it’s just one person’s word against another, and one party is an eminent doctor?

Matt and Ronnie bring the case to Crown Prosecutor James Steel (Ben Daniels) and they find themselves grappling with the grey areas of sexual assault charges. But when they begin to feel, along with George Castle (Bill Paterson), Director of the CPS, London, that they can get no further with this case, Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips (Freema Agyeman) refuses to accept his orders. Determined to bring Merrick to justice, Alesha goes beyond the call of duty in a bid to collect the necessary evidence. As our team splinter, they find themselves up against unstoppable defence barrister Phyllis Gladstone (Lesley Manville), and with a thin case and a dangerous level of emotional involvement, they must battle it out in court. But who will the jury believe?


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