Hugely controversial "factional drama" originally shown in 1978, in four parts; each from a different point of view - the Metropolitan Police, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system.
Unseen on TV since its original transmission, this cult drama has now been beautifully restored and is available to buy on DVD for the first time in 30 years. A vivid portrayal of a murky 1970s world of bent coppers, crooked lawyers, grasses and career criminals.
The series was groundbreaking in both its style and its damning portrayal of corruption in the British legal system. The British Police had never been portrayed like this before on TV. The central premise of the drama claimed that the police and the criminals portrayed were not actually that different in terms of the way they operated.
The series caused a massive storm when broadcast on the BBC; the switchboards were jammed for hours with irate callers. Questions were asked in the House of Parliament concerning the issues raised by the programme.
Trivial fact: The cockney criminal slang in this Law and Order was so authentic that the Radio Times Magazine had to provide a glossary
Cast: Derek Martin & Peter Dean (who both went onto become huge stars in Eastenders. Also PH Moriarty (Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels). Written by Gordon Newman (creator of Judge John Deed).
Special features: "Criminal Minds" - a specially-shot 25-minute documentary about the making of and impact of Law and Order, containing interviews with the original cast and crew, includes the glossary of the criminal slang from The Radio Times.