Law & Order: UK

Friday, 13 January 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM


Paul Nicholls joins Bradley Walsh, Harriet Walter, Freema Agyeman, Peter Davison and Dominic Rowan for the sixth series of the crritically acclaimed ITV drama Law & Order: UK. 

This seven part series sees the police and legal teams facing a shocking crime captured on video, up against the clock in the search for a hostage, and exposing a tragic, medical cover-up. Cases are reopened, the past threatens to catch up with Ronnie (Walsh) and careers are on the line… 

Tamzin Outhwaite guest stars in tonight’s episode. 

Says Nicholls, who plays DS Sam Casey:”This was a favourite episode for me and suited Sam’s character down to the ground. Sam and his partner Ronnie (Walsh) have 12 hours to find a hostage and this style of policing lends itself to Sam’s way of working and his personality. 

“In this episode a criminal has leverage over the police and the CPS and wants immunity from the law in exchange for vital information. Basically his lawyer, played by Tamzin Outhwaite, wants a deal and Sam is outraged that the CPS would even consider bargaining with this criminal. He and Ronnie have 12 hours to use any means necessary to find this hostage. It’s when he is up against the clock that Sam’s his true character comes out. 

He is frustrated but the challenge really shows his investigative skills, intelligence and intuition and also his dedication to the job and drive to get to the truth.” 

In tonight’s episode a bungled robbery leads to an innocent have-a-go hero being shot dead and a cab driver being taken hostage by the two thieves making a getaway from the crime scene. When the police capture one of the accused, Frank Donovan (Rob Jarvis), they are desperate to know the whereabouts of his hostage who has a potentially fatal medical condition. Realising he has a bargaining chip to play with, Donovan offers the team a deal – he’ll tell them where the cab driver is in return for an immunity agreement. The stakes have never been so high for DS Sam Casey (Paul Nicholls)and DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) who are given a ten hour reprieve to find the hostage. 

Donovan’s lawyer, the uncompromising Miriam Pescatore (Tamzin Outhwaite), drives a hard bargain and with no physical evidence to connect Donovan to the scene, are Jake Thorne (Dominic Rowan) and Alesha Phillips (Freema Agyeman) about to watch a self-confessed killer walk free? 

This episode is produced by Richard Stokes, directed by James Strong and written by Nick Hicks-Breach. The executive producers are Andrew Woodhead, Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer of the series. A Kudos/Wolf Films/NBC Universal Production.

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