Law & Order: UKupdate
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
When a London hospital is evacuated it leads to the discovery of a tragic death. DS Ronnie Brooks and DS Matt Devlin are assigned to the case and it leads them to the Kings Cross area of London.
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
A 13-year-old boy is found kicked to death at Euston rail station. DS Ronnie Brooks and DS Matt Devlin discover that the boy's mother is a reformed drug-addict whose boyfriend is suspected of physically abusing her son, and are concerned about events at the boy's foster home. When the case comes to trial, the accused is represented by James Steel's ex-girlfriend, who advances the novel line of defence that the accused was genetically predisposed towards murder.
Monday, March 9th, 2009
An ex-vice officer is found beaten to death in a Paddington underpass. Investigating, DSs Ronnie Brooks and Matt Devlin uncover some uncomfortable truths about the victim's private life. In court, Crown Prosecutors James Steel and Alesha Phillips face an old sparring partner of their boss, whose client claims to have acted in self-defenc
Monday, March 16th, 2009
The discovery of a body in a shallow grave by the Thames prompts DSs Ronnie Brooks and Matt Devlin to reopen an eight-year-old murder case. The man convicted of that murder is given leave to appeal and chooses to represent himself in court. James Steel, who prosecuted at the original trial, once again represents the Crown. With questions over the handling of the prosecution case, James's career is on the line. And the murders are not yet over.
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
The remains of an eight-year-old boy are uncovered, twenty-five years after he was reported missing. DSs Brooks and Devlin re-interview the man arrested during the original enquiry. The boy's childhood friend reluctantly agrees to undergo EMDR therapy and appears to recall the events of the night that Tommy disappeared, but George Castle is sceptical about the value of her recovered memories.
Monday, March 30th, 2009
DSs Brooks and Devlin investigate an arson attack on a Turkish social club, which left seventeen dead. A complex investigation leads to the arsonist, but there is doubt as to whether he was working alone
Monday, April 6th, 2009
DSs Brooks and Devlin investigate allegations of sexual assault made against a Harley Street gynecologist by one of his patients. They find no conclusive evidence, but Alesha Phillips of the CPS is determined to secure a case against the doctor.
Monday, January 11th, 2010
A police officer is killed in a shoot out with a drug dealer. Based on the testimony of another dealer, Brooks and Devlin must determine whether back up was slow to arrive and left the officer to die because he was gay.
Monday, January 18th, 2010
Devlin and Brooks investigate the case of a 10 year-old girl, Jodie Gaines, who was kidnapped, and then found two weeks later dead, in a rubbish bin. A suspect is found but all is not as it seems.
Monday, January 25th, 2010
3: Community Service
A homeless man is found beaten and unconscious in a park. Because he is bipolar his testimony is disjointed and make him unable to identify his attacked. A neighbourhood resident is charged with the premeditated attack.
Monday, February 1st, 2010
A man found in a park, with his kidney stolen. It seems a respected doctor is involved. George Castle defends a friend in the case.
Monday, February 8th, 2010
5: Love & Loss
When a teenage girl dies of a heroin overdose. Devlin and Brooks must find out how and why she came to be a drug mule.
Monday, February 15th, 2010
6: Honour Bound
A drug sting apparently goes bad resulting in the death of an informant. Devlin feeling something was not right about the situation digs into the past of the involved detective. Unfortunately this brings up a question of Brooks involvement in a drug theft from six years earlier.
Thursday, September 9th, 2010
The terrifying CCTV image of a toddler being led to his death haunts this episode of Law & Order UK which deals with the difficult and morally complex issue of children who kill. As a society, we are very unforgiving of child killers but if the killers themselves are only children, it begs the question - who really is responsible for the crime? With two children in the frame, each blaming the other, can forensic evidence prove who is guilty of strangling little Conor to death? In an emotionally gut wrenching episode, George defies his superiors and instead takes instruction from the victim's mother who has a surprising point of view on the crime. Can the justice system, and ultimately the government, afford to be lenient?
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
When the body of a 16 year old girl is found dead in her home in the middle of the afternoon, the investigating police cannot be sure a crime was even committed. With no forensic evidence and nothing to suggest the victim didn't die of natural causes, Matt and Ronnie question why they have been called out in the first place. However, the mother's victim believes she was raped because she never slept naked. On further investigation, an unlikely murder weapon is uncovered and a likely suspect - someone with whom Crown Prosecutor James Steel has a history. Determined the accused is guilty, James pursues him with every power available. Like a man possessed, he pushes the boundaries of the law to the legal limit. Is our hero persecuting an innocent man or justified in his convictions?
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
When three people are brutally murdered in a shop in central London and a fourth left for dead, Matt and Ronnie are up against the clock to find the killer who they fear could strike again at any moment. The nature of the attack was frenzied and brutal with the killer using a bayonet to slay his victims. With this information and a photofit, Matt and Ronnie are quickly must identify the killer before they strike again. James assumes a straightforward case ahead of him. However, things take an unexpected turn when he learns that the defendant has brilliant legal support. With the case for defence looking very strong, James' only hope is to convince a deluded defendant to accept responsibility for his crimes.
Thursday, September 30th, 2010
This week's case hits close to home for DS Matt Devlin when investigating the death of a police officer, and his best friend, PS Pete Garvey. Devlin and Garvey had known each other since childhood and when Matt discovers Pete had recently been in contact with their childhood parish priest Jonathan Nugent (Matthew Marsh), his suspicions are alerted as Pete claimed to have been sexually abused by him as a child. With nothing but suspicions and unfounded rumours to go on, a murder charge cannot be brought against Nugent. Now a married man with a family of his own, can Matt really be sure they've got the right man? James and Alesha take an unusual approach in order to bring a charge - any charge - against the accused in a desperate attempt to get the case home.
Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Survivor begins with the investigation into the murder of Prison Officer Charlie Tyner who is found shot dead on a council estate in Hackney. It soon comes to light that, rather than being the good clean officer of Her Majesty's Prison Service we first believe him to be, Charlie Tyner is corrupt and taking advantage of his position in prison in a number of ways. There are plenty of prisoners inside with reason enough to want to kill Charlie but, being in prison, they have solid alibis so who killed Charlie and why? Crown Prosecutors James Steel and Alesha Phillips find themselves at odds with their boss, George Castle, who is keen to bring to justice the killer of a prison officer. James and Alesha can't help but feel Tyner's abuse should be brought into consideration when charging the accused. And they have their eye on a much greater prize - a career criminal connected to Tyner who has evaded the justice system for too long. Can James and Alesha convince the key witness to give evidence against a man she claims to love?
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
The mystery surrounding the stabbing of student, Archie Rahman, has our cops chasing their tails when the only clue they have to go on is a library book checked out on the day of his murder. Two students connected to the book have given an alibi for each other but one of them is lying and it's down to our cops to find out which one. When the perpetrator eventually confesses and claims to have acted in self-defence, Alesha is forced to face past demons. It's a delicate balancing act for James who is tasked not only with prosecuting the offender but also with defending a dead victim. Unless the truth of what happened that day is uncovered, a murderer could walk free or an innocent victim be wrongly convicted.
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
For two years, Stephanie Blake (Michelle Bonnard) has been stalked by a man who calls himself 'Giovanni'. She knows nothing about him but he knows everything about her right down to the finest details of what she keeps in her bathroom cabinet. Over time, his e-mails and calls have become more intimidating but without an actual physical threat against her, there is very little the police can do for Stephanie. After initial investigations lead nowhere, the police are forced to abandon the case. Then something happens which shakes our police heroes to their very core. What should be a straightforward prosecution becomes complicated when a key piece of evidence is excluded. Up against Defence Barrister Evelyn Wyndham (Anna Chancellor), James has his work cut out for him. When one of the cops becomes a key witness for the prosecution, the question arises of whether his motivation is genuine or borne out of guilt. Will he perjure himself in order to get the right result?
Monday, March 7th, 2011
The police investigate the murder of a former professional footballer, Robert Nichols, who is found lying beside his car bludgeoned to death. He was on his way to meet his sister and was apparently replacing a flat tire when the attack occurred. The only thing taken was his very expensive watch. They manage to trace a passerby, Mike Jones, who initially denies having seen anything but eventually admits he was helping Nichols fix his flat. The police are naturally suspicious and believe Jones may have been the perpetrator. In checking into Nichols's background however, they learn he was a big-time gambler and owed well-known mobster Don Marsh a quarter of a million pounds. Jones obviously has good reason to lie since he saw who killed Nichols but the mobster has made it clear that his life is in danger if he testifies.
Monday, March 14th, 2011
A judge is badly injured when she is shot during what appears to be a car robbery. The investigation reveals that a hitman had been hired to kill her.
Monday, March 21st, 2011
The case starts with the murder of a doctor in the car park of the hospital where she works. What initially seems like a crime of passion soon unravels into a conspiracy involving senior government officials. Risking their careers, James and Alesha must get to the bottom of this case before another life is destroyed.
Monday, March 28th, 2011
4: Duty of Care
The police investigate a suspicious fire that resulted in the death of 13 year-old Ian Parnell. His mother Megan managed to escape but the pathologist confirms that Ian died of smoke inhalation. The boy was severely disabled and unable to care for himself. They follow several false leads including an absent father who is behind on his support payments and a couple of neighborhood lads who were known to have harassed the dead boy. In the end, the evidence points to the mother. In court James and Alesha come up against a barrister who refuses all reasonable offers to settle the case. His disdain for his client leads him to mount a series of increasingly ridiculous defenses. When the truth finally emerges, the Crown prosecutors face a moral dilemma.
Monday, April 4th, 2011
When Alex Raines, a 6-month-old child, dies, it first seems that it was an instance of cot death. However, the investigation reveals that her death was due to shaken-baby syndrome.
Monday, April 11th, 2011
DS Devlin and DS Brooks investigate the murder of a 13 year-old boy boy, Sean Monroe, the son of a fellow police officer who was killed and put down a storm drain. A note found on the body points to the work of Andrew Dillon, who was sentenced for an earlier racial murder and is serving his sentence. The racial motivation for the killing seems confirmed when a second boy, Dev Desai, is found strangled with the same note in his pocket. However, their investigation leads to a security guard, Marcus Wright, who admits to having encounters with both boys at the shops where he works. He says the boys deaths were God's will and he was simply doing God's work. If Wright is to be believed, it means that Dillon was wrongfully convicted. The case becomes personal when James Steel is accused of having purposely buried a witness statement that would have likely exonerated Dillon. He finds himself in dock but the judge allows him to conduct his own defense.
Sunday, July 10th, 2011
1: The Wrong Man
Brought into A&E with flu-like symptoms and leaving in a body bag, Suzanne Morton’s death is treated as suspicious by DS Ronnie Brooks and DS Matt Devlin as they investigate a hospital department which has had three such untimely deaths within six months. With an extremely busy A&E ward the night Suzanne died, can our heroes find the killer before the killer finds their next victim? Senior Crown Prosecutor, Jake Thorne is pulled in opposite directions when the chief suspect in the case claims to have been framed for the murder by others within his department. With a conspiracy of silence permeating the hospital staff, it’s clear that there’s more to this case than meets the eye and only by penetrating the web of professional loyalties can the truth emerge
Sunday, July 17th, 2011
When two year old Ryan Stark goes missing from a high street merry-go-round, his distraught mother, Kayla reports him kidnapped and a massive police hunt is launched to find the missing toddler. In spite of public appeals and additional police manpower, the search throws up more questions than answers. The legal case uncovers a history of dealings with the social services before Ryan went missing, something which alerts our heroes to the possibility that his mother isn’t being entirely truthful. With more than one suspect and little physical evidence, will Ryan’s family ever learn the truth of what happened to their baby boy?
Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Lying in a pool of blood, call girl Katka Cizek, seems to have only one admirer capable of her murder. A man with her on the night, a man without an alibi, a man with everything to lose were his secret obsession for her revealed. A seemingly cut and dry case, Alesha, given the reins to lead the cross-examination, begins to suspect someone has reason to frame the accused. Dogged in her pursuit of the truth, she unearths a betrayal of such enormity proving there are no winners in this case.
Sunday, July 31st, 2011
4: Tick Tock
A night club peppered with bullets. Two victims bleeding out on the floor. The start of a deadly gun rampage through the streets of London. With the media swarming all over the case and a hostage to find, DS Matt Devlin and DS Ronnie Brooks are up against the clock as they try to track down the Bonnie and Clyde duo wreaking havoc on the city streets. Capture is far from closure when defence barrister, Phyllis Gladstone, takes the case on, arguing that one of the pair was more innocent victim than violent killer. Did the defendant act out of fear - beaten and bullied into submission by her partner-in-crime, too terrified to escape and alert the police? With two sides to every story, the team are under pressure to make sure someone is held responsible for a murderous spree that cost five lives.
Sunday, August 7th, 2011
Stabbed to death while they slept, the killings of David and Elaine Lerner prove a mystery to DS Matt Devlin and DS Ronnie Brooks. Universally loved, there’s not a single lead that points to grievances held or enemies made. The previous owner of the house soon emerges as a much more likely target for attack - Camilla Mallon, a banker embroiled in a hedge fund scandal. Could the brutal murders be a case of mistaken identity? As our Crown Prosecutors navigate this seemingly senseless crime, Jake’s old mentor, Margaret Rumsfield argues the accused should face only manslaughter charges. Without motive, without intent, can our heroes make a murder charge stick?
Sunday, August 14th, 2011
The team investigate, when mother and carer Lia Brown is killed by a stray bullet,what the involvement is of 12-year-old Kaden Blake in her death. Kaden is caught up in the local gang culture, so keeping silent is his only protection. DS Matt Devlin is drawn to this damaged boy, saddened to see a life so doomed by circumstance, and furious that local dealer and gang leader Mark Ellis remains untouchable by the law.
Friday, January 6th, 2012
1: Survivor’s Guilt
A drive-by shooting outside the Old Bailey leaves one police officer dead and another wounded in what appears to be a targeted attack on a witness in an attempted murder trial. However, Ronnie and the team are surprised to learn the gunman was specifically targeting police officers, believing his family victims of a police cover-up. The defense team argues their client has been subjected to racism by the police. Can Jake and Alesha convince the jury that the defendant ought to be tried as a murderer and not a victim?
Friday, January 13th, 2012
A bungled robbery leads to an innocent hero being shot dead and a hostage with a potentially life threatening medical condition being seized by two armed gunmen. It's up to Ronnie and Sam to beat the clock and find the hostage in just ten hours.
Friday, January 20th, 2012
When a petty criminal makes a deathbed confession to the murder of a teenage girl, Ronnie is left shaken to the core as he is forced to reopen a case he thought he had put to bed fourteen years ago.
Friday, January 27th, 2012
The murder of an elderly janitor in his home is carried out with such precision and planning that the only evidence the killer leaves is designed to lead the detectives around in circles.
Friday, February 3rd, 2012
5: Line Up
A murder investigation is launched when a concerned citizen alerts the police to a shocking video that is spreading like wildfire on the web, in which a teenage girl is attacked and shot.
Friday, February 10th, 2012
6: Dawn Till Dusk
Over the course of one long day, the team works on three separate cases, including tracking a serial killer, intervening in a family dispute turned murderous, and disproving an accusation of police intimidation. Will all of the team make it through with their careers intact?
Friday, February 17th, 2012
7: Fault Lines
The frenzied stabbing of a police forensic lab technician unsettles the team in a way they never expected when Detective Sam Casey falls for the killer's next intended victim.
Sunday, July 14th, 2013
A suicidal man drives his car across a railway crossing causing the train to crash and killing twelve people. The investigation takes on several twists as the law and order teams pursue the case with vigour and determination to uncover the truth of the situation.
Sunday, July 21st, 2013
DS Sam Casey is suspended over the death of Finn Tyler and DI Wes Leyton gets hands on with this investigation, with a reluctant DS Ronnie Brooks as his partner. After a few drinks Jake opens up to new colleague Kate Barker about his mothers' death. We meet Ronnie's estranged daughter and follow Sam as he spends the day with his son, giving new insight into our heroes' off-duty lives.
Sunday, July 28th, 2013
A man is found shot dead in a hotel room and the cash he was carrying has gone missing. We discover the man owed his ex-wife thousands of pounds in unpaid child support and was lying to his girlfriend about his line of work. DS Casey and DS Brooks also learn he has a son dying of leukaemia, but hadn't been tested for a bone marrow match. Attention turns to the ex-father-in-law, Philip Donovan. Did he hunt down the father of his dying grandson to try to recoup the unpaid money or is there more to this family set up than first appears? At the CPS Jake and Kate work out their differences and reach a more even keel.
Sunday, August 4th, 2013
4: Fatherly Love
Property developer Charlotte Leigh's body is pulled from the Thames and, after suicide is ruled out, the main suspect is her abusive ex-husband Richard, with whom she was involved in a custody battle over their school-girl daughter Holly, but he has an alibi. Traces of Charlotte's blood are found at the flat she shared with her new man Sean and Holly. Each claim the other was pestering them sexually but Holly is charged with the murder and stands trial. However Ronnie discovers that Sean was also involved with a school-friend of Holly, which swings the case away from the accused.
Sunday, August 11th, 2013
Following a break-in, a frail, elderly woman is found dead in her flat. DS Brooks and DS Casey suspect a robbery gone wrong and treat it as murder. Tipped off by the victim’s granddaughter, Connie, the investigation turns towards the live-in carer who has gone missing. But the carer, Cecile, claims she was fired because she disobeyed Connie’s instructions not to feed her grandmother. Further investigations throw more suspicion on the granddaughter who is charged. Despite her brief arguing that it is impossible to prove Connie is responsible for her grandmother’s death, Chief Prosecutor Thorne has the bit between his teeth when he tells the jury Connie was the only real family the victim had, and she left her to die.
Sunday, August 18th, 2013
A gay father is found beaten to death and his adopted son is missing. DS Brooks and DS Casey track down the baby’s biological parents, Ruth Pendle, a recovering drug addict, and Neil her former boyfriend, who are taken into custody. But their stories don’t match up so who is guilty of murder and why? And there is tension in the CPS offices when Kate Barker struggles to view the case objectively and puts the outcome in jeopardy.
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Ronnie and new partner Joe lead the investigation into the death of jeweller Harry Bernstein, who has been found with his hands and teeth missing. His wife, her lover and a former business associate are all possible suspects, but the case takes a surprising turn when the victim's sister receives a gruesome delivery. She's on the jury for the trial of a drug dealer and murderer who Ronnie has been trying to nail for years, and the threat to her points to jury tampering, so Jake and Kate have to take a dramatic approach to win the case. The problem is, they're up against a formidable defence barrister.
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
2: Safe From Harm
While investigating the fatal stabbing of a psychiatrist with a caseload of violent adolescent patients, Ronnie and Joe's first instinct is to question those he was treating. However, the case takes a disturbing turn when the detectives discover a hidden sleeping compartment in the victim's office which has clearly been used recently by one of his underage visitors - and evidence comes to light suggesting he may have been having an affair with one of them.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
3: I Predict a Riot
While working with the drug squad, Ronnie and Joe find a skeleton that has been hidden inside the boot of a car in the River Thames. It turns out to be the remains of Taylor Kane, an undercover policeman who went missing in the 1980s - around the time of the Brixton riots. Through clever detection, unsettling evidence is unearthed and the team knows it must raise issues the police would rather forget.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
The hunt for the killer of a seemingly innocent family man brings Ronnie into contact with his old boss, former DI Natalie Chandler, whose father is accused of the crime. She wastes no time in persuading the detective to go above and beyond the call of duty to exonerate her dad and find the real culprit - even if that means getting him into trouble with an increasingly frustrated Wes.
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
When the body of an elderly woman is discovered at a well-known suicide spot, Ronnie soon detects foul play, with suspicion falling on the victim's son and daughter-in-law, as well as a doctor who has recently arrived in the UK. However, even after a confession is secured, Joe remains baffled as to the motive, and Kate struggles to remain professional - jeopardising her career and leaving Jake to prosecute the case alone.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
6: Bad Romance
A blood-spattered hotel room and a stolen credit card lead Ronnie and Joe to Charles Hutton, a member of the wealthy upper classes who dotes on his wife, Camille, and daughter, Georgia. The detectives find clues that suggest Georgia gave birth at the scene, but where is the baby now? The young woman and her boyfriend Rufus prove difficult for Jake and Kate to prosecute, and to make matters worse, the defense counsel turns out to be Jake's old nemesis. As the evidence stacks up, how far will Charles go to protect his privileged family?
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
7: Hard Stop
When a series of shootings claims one of their own, Ronnie and Joe have little time to grieve - they must solve the case before the killer reaches their next target on a hit list that includes CPS director Henry Sharpe. It gradually becomes apparent that the common thread connecting all the names is the case of Mark Glendon, convicted of the murder of his wife four years earlier. Although he's still in custody, a retrial is imminent, putting pressure on the team to catch the murderer before the jury delivers its verdict.
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
8: Repeat to Fade
Still reeling from the death of one of their own, Ronnie and Joe face a new challenge when an innocent young mum is fatally stabbed in a busy marketplace, just as a senior police officer publicly pledges to crack down on knife crime. Under pressure from all sides, the pair struggle to gather evidence against the youth they think is responsible, and the suspect's unintentional confession appears to bring the case to a close. However, Ronnie is the only person who hears the admission, and it proves difficult getting anyone to believe him. With the detective's honesty cast into doubt and his effectiveness questioned at every turn, is this the end of his career?