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Discussion for Law & Order: UK - Episode 3.4, "Confession"

"Confession" written by Terry Cafolla


There are a lot of excellent episodes of Law & Order: UK, but an argument could be made that "Confession" is the best damn Matt Devlin episode to date. :) I shall point you to this post in which we discussed Terry and Jamie's awesomeness when the episode first aired.


As I rewatched tonight, I could sense small cuts had been made to scenes. But when I realized BBCA cut the entire scene in which Nugent goes to Matt on the pretense of asking a favor - he needs to have a police officer verify he reported to a station each day or risks having his bail revoked - when what his real desire is to stick the knife in Matt and twist it, I got ragey. Technically, it's not a scene that is integral to the plot, but it makes clear Nugent knows he's guilty and has no remorse for his actions. Plus, it's a nice character moment for Matt. Does he attack Nugent as is clear he would love to do? Or does he keep his outrage in check, thus not endangering the case and his job? He does the right thing, even as it's obvious it causes him a great deal of pain.

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scifishipper From: scifishipper Date: February 5th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Gah. I just rewatched his final scene and I think it's some of JB's best acting to date. Makes me tear up every time. ;______;
ayajedi From: ayajedi Date: February 5th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Hear hear
ayajedi From: ayajedi Date: February 5th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Why oh why do BBCA cut these pivotal scenes?
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 5th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Simple - so they can cram in more commercials. When the show airs on ITV, the network breaks are fewer and shorter. Because U.S. television is so utterly driven by advertising, we have to sit through more ads, hence imported shows are almost always edited to allow for more and longer breaks. (Note too how, for example on BBCA, they don't allow the actual credits to run at the end... they stick them on a quick-flashing ticker on the bottom so that they can run another show promo at the same time, allowing them to get to the next program faster.)

Actual BBC programming tends to suffer even worse here, because the BBC (as a public service broadcaster) airs NO commercial breaks during the episodes. So, fair warning for those who will be watching Outcasts when it eventially airs on BBCA... there WILL be big cuts. :(
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 6th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
BBCA has, for some series, allowed the shows to run long. For instance, I recall the first series of Being Human running an hour and fifteen minutes. But I believe networks also fear you'll tune in at 10 to see a show, see another and believe what you wanted to watch isn't airing, and turn the station. BBCA does air the uncut version of the episode on On Demand, but not every BBCA viewer has access to that service.
jill1228 From: jill1228 Date: February 5th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link Me)

This peeves me

I had NO idea BBC America cut scenes until I bought the season 1 DVD. Now I watch it twice. First I watch it on BBC America and then find it online JUST to see where they cut

I thought the scenes they cut last night were definitely relevant to the episodes and was really peeved once I watched the uncut epi

if this isn't incentive to buy the series on DVD, I don't know what is
ayajedi From: ayajedi Date: February 7th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: This peeves me

WORD!!! Same here
jill1228 From: jill1228 Date: February 5th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Jamie Bamber was SO FULL OF WIN this episode. He definitely ripped at the heart strings.

I also loved the humor in this episode
Matt and Ronnie:
Matt: I hate it when you call me Sunshine
Ronnie: Don't mind me Sweetheart

George: Well, I'm Church of Scotland, so I'm OK
Alesha (to James): Book an ambulance right now because George is going to have an aneurysm!

George kvetching about having to explain spending the money on convictions that they lost-
James: So, should we come back to you about this next fiscal year?

Alesha: another satisfied member of the James Steel fan club. What do you do to get people so riled up?
James: I don't know...breathe

George (to James): remind me never to play you in poker
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 6th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I love how the show manages to inject humor amongst such serious subject matter without it being a distraction or seeming inappropriate. It's tough to do. I've watched other series fail at it. The James Steel Fan Club exchange may have been my favorite. :)
ayajedi From: ayajedi Date: February 7th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I love the injection of the British sense of humour into these dark and disturbing plots
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