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Law & Order: UK - Series 1 [DVD]

Bradley Walsh , Jamie Bamber , Andy Goddard , Mark Everest    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber, Harriet Walter, Ben Daniels, Freema Agyeman
  • Directors: Andy Goddard, Mark Everest, Omar Madha, Tristram Powell
  • Writers: Catherine Tregenna, Chris Chibnall, Christine Roum, David Black
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 322 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P3NUPS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,084 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Special Features:
  • Interviews with Bradley Walsh and Jamie Bamber
  • Tour of CPS Set with Freema Agyeman
  • Alternative Beginning
  • ‘Care’ Audio Commentary
  • ‘Vice’ Summing Up -Closing Arguments
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interview with Dick Wolf - Law & Order Creator and Executive Producer
  • Interview with Chris Chibnall - Writer and Executive Producer


Customer Reviews

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance! 10 Jun 2009
By Foxy
Firstly, to those people complaining about how the stories in this series are the same as ones in the original american show - that's delibrate not a coincidence! If you actually go and read about the making of the show you'll find that Dick Wolf, Chris Chibnall and Richard Stokes went through old series and picked out specific episodes they thought would translate well in a British setting, but leaving the plot the same. I don't see anything wrong with this, though since I've never watched the original series perhaps I am viewing Law and Order: UK with less expectation than others.

Personally I have throughly enjoyed the series so far (7 episodes) and look forward to the showing of the remaining 6. The acting is generally good, particularly within the partnerships of Brookes and Devlin and Steel and Philips. The characters are believable and easy to empathise with and the scripts/plots certainly match up in quality with other crime dramas we are given in this country.

If I had any criticism at all it would be that some of the episodes do feel a little rushed and would benefit from a bit more detail, but on the whole I would definitely recommend this as a decent hours entertainment.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it! 4 Feb 2010
I stopped watching the US Law and Order after they killed off Claire. That was a long time ago. I loved the original cast members and the way they worked together. I never tried watching the spin-offs--like CSI, the original, to me, is the best. I lived in NY--the stories were from NY (the tagline used to be something about them being pulled from the headlines), and having them set in NY brought a familiarity to me that other crime shows don't.

When I saw there was a a Law and Order UK, I was thrilled. I recognized the actors from other UK productions (and Jamie from BSG), and sat to watch, in anticipation. I was not disappointed. Sure, the settings are different, and I didn't recognize all the story lines--I looked up the original titles, online, to remind myself about the US episodes. But, the episodes did a good job of it, and I hope there will be more. I've seen all 13 episodes now and hope there are more to come.

Are they as good as the originals? It's been a long time so I can't make that comparison, fairly. But, they were good enough for me to want more :)
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good start 19 Jan 2010
By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER
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"In the Criminal Justice system the people are represented by two separate but equally important groups: the Police who investigate the crimes; and the Crown Prosecutors who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories".

This was the first series in the UK series of Law and Order. It contains 7 episodes over 2 discs.

1. Care
2. Unloved
3. Vice
4. Unsafe
5. Buried
6. Paradise
7. Alesha

The "Law" consists of: Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh), Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber) and their boss Natalie Chandler (Harriet Walter); the "Order" are James Steel (Ben Daniels), Alesha Phillips (Freema Agyeman) and their boss George Castle (Bill Patterson).

There are several Extras:-

DISC 1 - Alternative beginning, Commentary for episode 1, Deleted scenes for episode 1, 2 and 3; alternative summing up for episode 3.

DISC 2 - Interviews with: Dick Wolf (2 minutes 49 seconds), Bradley Walsh (3m 15s), Jamie Bamber (3m 40s) and Chris Chibnall (4m 10s); Tour of the CPS set and deleted scenes from episode 6.

As I started watching the programmes an overwhelming feeling that I has seen them before - this was strange as I missed this series when it was shown on TV, because I was in hospital, which was why I decided to get the DVDs when they came out. Then it dawned on me - they were simply the US stories refilmed in London. It was a bit of a surprise as I thought that the franchise owner Dick Wolf would have had more sense.

Did Mr Wolf really think that fans of the US series wouldn't recognise the stories?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great show but! 1 Feb 2010
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i have to agree with the reviews "Foxy" and "Sue B". They got it just right !
i for some reason did not see many of the original American series but what i did see was pretty impressive. The Brits have managed to translate an american show into a show for British audiences and they have made an excellent job of it.

Therefore you have to look at from a Bbritish perspective. British actors,British locations, and British courts. Put aside the American version and you have a very good series here.

Complaints: no subtitles, i am hard of hearing and the sub-titles make all the difference for me. The episodes are too short. 45 minutes is not enough ! And lastly the series comprises only seven episodes. They could easily have done twelve.
Bring on the second season ASAP!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great drama... but little time 25 Jan 2012
By B. Russell TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have been watching Law and Order UK on the television and I must admit I am totally gripped by it. The storylines used are off a very high quality and really makes this show extra special and better than the rest. The standard of the acting during the programme is also of a very high standard and does not fail to draw you in and really care about what is happening during the episode. This is a very good drama and one that everyone should consider buying. Go law and order UK.

On the other hand I must make the point that with adverts taken out each story is only 45 minutes which means they can suffer a lack of development - which really does take the kick out of them - a real shame. A Great drama but could the episodes be a bit longer?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good show as only the Brits can do
A good show as only the Brits can do. We have watched the American one but enjoyed this far more because the dramas were believe able and the acting so good. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mary hollingworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Law and Order
Missed series 1 but loved it,
Published 15 days ago by PAULINE CARROLL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the series and very quick to deliver
Published 21 days ago by Bibs
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Very enjoyable crime drama. Great plots and pace. Never a dull moment so would recommend to anyone who enjoys good British crime drama
Published 2 months ago by LittleA
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the dvd
I loved the dvd as I really enjoyed the tv series and now can watch it any time. Very easy to watch .
Published 3 months ago by Pat Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing series!!
amazing crime drama series starring the brilliant Bradley Walsh. British equivalent of the classic American drama series. brilliant performances by all!!
Published 3 months ago by Darren Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very convincing
An excellent series. Hopefully the series will continue and perhaps with the same shuffling of characters as in line with Law & Order USA.
Published 3 months ago by Alice Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Law and order 7
I had watched the series live and decided that it would be good to re-visit the programme. Good quality entertainment for those who enjoy a "whodunnit" followed by the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. John Kimber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series & great delivery service
Never watched on T.V. the first of the series so bought it to see what we had missed. We really enjoyed it and it answered some of our questions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by susan p collins
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD SERIES BUT ONE PROBLEM
I bought series 1 and 2 and am really pleased with them. Very good series and Bradley Walsh is very good.
The only thing that I did not like was that there are no sub titles. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Margaret Fossett
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