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Law & Order: UK popularity continues with new commission.


Law & Order: UK has been recommissioned by ITV for an eighth series following an average audience of 5.4 million viewers for its seventh series.

Bradley Walsh, Dominic Rowan, Georgia Taylor, Peter Davidson and Paterson Joseph, all return in the new episodes and will be joined by newcomer Ben Bailey Smith (Hunted, Derek, Midsomer Murders) who plays DS Joe Hawkins.

Highlights of the new 8 – part series produced by Kudos, include the death of a psychiatrist who specialises in violent juveniles and a hotel-room killing without a body. DS Ronnie Brooks (Walsh) will meet his match in a drug dealer who repeatedly beats the justice system and In I Predict a Riot, he’ll be investigating other senior police officers.

The new series will be produced by Jane Dauncey (Stella, Casualty) and Alison Jackson and Jane Featherstone will executive produce for Kudos. Mat King, Joss Agnew and Jill Robertson will direct.

The scripts are written by Nick Hicks Beach, Tom Grieves, Richard Stokes, Matt Evans, Jamie Crichton, Louise Ironside and Noel Farragher.  .

“ITV is delighted to see the return of Law & Order: UK,” said Jane Hudson, Head of ITV’s Drama Series. “It’s a much loved drama amongst our audience and they certainly won’t be disappointed by what’s in store for them this series.”

The series was created by acclaimed US show runner Dick Wolf and based on the US franchise, Law & Order.

Law & Order: UK will begin filming in London next month (October 2013) for broadcast on ITV next year.