The last series of Law and Order UK featured the first major personnel changes since the show started in 2009 with Dominic Rowan and Peter Davison joining the prosecution side. Now these two have settled in we have a further significant change, this time on the police team. Following Matt Devlin, played by Jamie Bamber's departure, somewhat traumatically at the end of Series 5, Sam Casey, played by Paul Nicholls is the new Junior Detective Sergeant.
We have seven shows this time round to go with the 32 previous episodes. These continue to be sourced from the long running US series, which are screened for stories which will translate well to a UK setting. The US source shows for Series 6 were variously originally screened between 1995 and 2009. Whilst I did remember one or two of them from their originals I cannot say it spoiled my enjoyment. However, why they need to continue to be sourced in this manner is not clear to me as I do not see the problem in producing some UK scripts which can be tailored for this market.
The format of the series is as previously. There is a crime which is investigated by the police side, who identify and charge the alleged perpetrator. Then we go over to the prosecution side whose job it is to try to obtain a conviction. Unusually the last episode in Series 5 carried on into the first of Series 6 so we have our first two part story. It is not at present clear whether a Series 7 and 8 is planned (13 episodes at a time are commissioned). However, as this has quickly developed into something of a mainstay in our TV scheduling I would think and hope that it is very likely.