ITV commissions 13 new episodes of Law & Order: UK

ITV has commissioned Kudos Film and Television to produce another 13 episodes of its successful drama Law & Order: UK.

Law & Order: UK is based on Dick Wolf’s groundbreaking US format which remains the most successful brand on primetime U.S. television.  Commissioned for the UK by Peter Fincham, ITV’s Director of Television, Channels and Online and Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama, the third series of Law & Order: UK launched last month with more than 5 million viewers and with series four to air in the new year the drama has established itself as one of ITV’s most popular.

The critically acclaimed cast, including Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber, Harriet Walter and Freema Agyeman are joined each week by a host of guest stars. Series three attracted a fantastic line up including Rupert Graves, Deborah Findlay, Kevin Doyle, Rocky Marshall, Patrick Malahide, Ruth Gemmell, Matthew Marsh, Celyn Jones, Wunmi Mosaku, and Robbie Gee.  Stars including Juliet Stevenson, Tobias Menzies and Nicola Walker will join the cast for series four.

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 to four of Law & Order: UK.  Emilia di Girolamo is co-producer and lead writer and other members of the writing team include Debbie O’Malley, Nick Hicks-Beach, Roy Williams and Richard Stokes.

The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, Law & Order remains the longest running crime series in the history of U.S. television although earlier this year closed its New York casebook after 20 seasons. However successful spin-offs including the new Law & Order: LA,  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent  mean Law & Order is still one of television entertainment’s most pre-eminent brands.  Law & Order: UK is currently being shown on BBC America in the US to hugely positive critical response.

Laura Mackie (Director of Drama, ITV) says:” Law & Order: UK is continuing to deliver audiences with its top flight acting and ‘ripped from the headlines’ storylines that captivate and entertain. With the commissioning of 13 new episodes we are proving ITV’s commitment to a series which has the potential to run and run much like its US counterpart.”

Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of Law & Order, says: “I am absolutely thrilled that ITV has ordered another year of Law & Order: UK.  Stephen Garrett and the entire Kudos team have done a fabulous job of creative stewardship.”

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