Law & Order: UK Series 3 ITV Premiere Date - Jamie Bamber News
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Law & Order: UK Series 3 ITV Premiere Date
Law & Order: UK to return to ITV on Thursday, September 9 at 9pm.
ITV Announcement

I'm not entirely sure I should be posting, since if you click on the link to the press release it states there is a press embargo until August 25th. But, since anyone can access this information, I'll risk ITV's wrath. Included in the press release is a listing of the Season 3 episodes and synopsis. There are only seven episodes listed, which would indicate we are looking at the thirteen episodes filmed being split into two seasons, again. There is also a lovely Q&A with Jamie I can't resist sharing since he discusses Le Pere de ma fille. This does my non-French speaking and reading heart good. :)

Plays DS Matt Devlin

How have you found the new series?

“I have enjoyed it a lot. We all know each other and the format so well now. It’s like going back to school after the summer holidays, as you pick up from where you left off! There is plenty of camaraderie on set and Bradley and I get on very well. We are great friends now and it's a pleasure to film it.”

Do you still enjoy playing Matt?

“Yes. The more I play Matt, the more familiar I become with him and the better I get know the character. I find I have more to offer. At the beginning, you are searching for what kind of character he is, alongside the writers and producers. But after a couple of years, I really have inhabited the skin of Matt Devlin!”

What was your most memorable episode?

“Episode four, ‘Confession’. I really felt I had time to explore my character because it involved a personal story. Matt thinks he can cope with anything. He thinks he is a resilient character who can deal with almost any situation. But when an old friend, who is a policeman, is shot dead, he has to deal with some issues. I don't want to give too much away but the storyline is a big upheaval for him.”

Have you enjoyed the gritty storylines?

“Definitely. The point of the show is we do examine modern society. We do tend to look at it through horrific events. We look at what it stands for, what can go wrong and the positives too.”

Do you take your character home with you?

“No. Law & Order:UK is easier than most jobs. Thankfully it is not too traumatic and so Matt Devlin does not come home with me.”

As you film more series of Law & Order:UK, do you have greater respect for the role of the police?

“Yes and the Crown Prosecution Service. They get a hard press for things going wrong, but they do have to deal with the most awkward situations. They do a pretty good job. The public expects justice.”

Are you surprised Law & Order:UK has taken off?

“No, not at all. When you are dealing with something that has been such a big hit in America, it is not exactly a surprise. It is a tried and tested formula and it is one that makes you think on a weekly basis. I think people enjoy that mental challenge.”

What can viewers expect from the third series?

“The familiarity of the show combined with the different cases will hopefully draw people in.”

You have worked in the US before. Are you tempted to return?

“Well I still have a house there and our lives are partly there. I am pretty sure we will go back, I am sure I will live in LA again. Nothing is forever in this world, especially the line of work I do. No two jobs are ever the same. You can be working in theatre one minute, and doing a voiceover the next. LA is just another different experience.”

What have you been doing since filming finished?

“I’ve was out in South Africa doing some filming just before the World Cup, which was very interesting and I am just about to start filming a movie in France. It is a romantic comedy and I play an American who can speak French. I speak fluent French and Italian. It's something I have always wanted to do, so I am very excited. Then I will be back to film more Law & Order:UK! I have had a very varied time recently.”

Ever fancy the idea of going on a reality show?

“(Laughs.) There is a reason why I want to be an actor. Part of that reason is I don't massively enjoy being myself in front of thousands of people.”

You are a dad. Do you find it difficult juggling work with fatherhood?

“The great thing about Law & Order:UK is it is shot in London and so I get to go home every day. I am able to have a bit of time with my family and I am really grateful for that. My children do know I am on TV. When they were younger, they used to look behind the TV to see where the pictures were coming from! They are still too young to watch me on Law & Order:UK but they do see me on the chat shows.”

Are any of them showing signs of following in your footsteps?

“I think it is quite normal for kids to be fascinated by songs and the theatre. My eldest daughter does look to be showing all the signs, but I will be proud of them whatever they do.”

“I will encourage them if they have the enthusiasm for whatever they want to do, but I wouldn't want to be like Andre Agassi's dad (whose book I have just been reading). He forced him to hit hundreds of tennis balls every day!”

Sounds like life is going very well for you right now.

“Yes I feel very fortunate. And I hope Law & Order:UK continues to become part of the TV establishment.”

And you may also want to make sure and read Freema's Q&A. She starts filming again in October, does she? ;)


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pinkylilie From: pinkylilie Date: August 17th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
thank you for this interview!!! ;-)
I love that he's really excited by his french project :-), and it's too great that he's gonna film more law and order uk this autumn!!!!!!
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: August 17th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I am (shallowly) pleased that he's playing an American in the French film. Hehe.

ETA: Looking at the press release and still amused that they say Matt's detective style is "part seduction, part force." Hee. More with the seduction part of that please!

Edited at 2010-08-17 02:09 pm (UTC)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: August 17th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
HA! Just tweeted about Jamie playing an American. I had a delayed reaction to that bit of news. He can do two accents and speak in three languages. He should be getting a lot more work! ;)
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: August 17th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'd love to see him get a part where he speaks Italian.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: August 17th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
More with the seduction part of that please!

Did you see the deleted scene with Anna, the pretty defense solicitor? That belongs in the show. So annoyed they cut it. ;)
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: August 17th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Eh flirty is fine, but we need a bit of gratuitous shirtlessness before I'd call him a lothario. ;)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: August 18th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Heh, keep dreaming. It's L&O after all, their gratuitousness is mostly restricted to crime scene tape and witness stand meltdowns. ;)

(That said, I'm still pulling for incidental shirtlessness like, oh I dont' know... Ronnie interrupting Matt during his workout down at the gym. Or something.)
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: August 18th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Exactly! Incidental is pretty gratuitous, no? Hee. That works for me. Coppers do need to keep in shape and all. ;)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: August 18th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC) (Link Me)
There was another deleted scene where Matt picks Ronnie up from his AA meeting. That's the kind of incidental I'm pulling for. (Only DO NOT DELETE this time, people. Have a heart!)
baciami2 From: baciami2 Date: August 17th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks for posting. So many lovely things to be grateful for our Jamie. He's working a lot. He gets along well with the cast. He's finding depth in Matt Devlin's character, despite the lack of storylines dealing with his backstory. He's kept his home in L.A. (yeah! house prices are slowly rising here again). His family seems to be doing well, and I just adored the story where the girls would look behind the t.v. for him. I can't wait to hear him speak with his American accent AND speak french in the same role.

zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: August 17th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Who knows what goes on in the minds of the ITV publicity department, but short of actual answers, I'm going to go with the assumption that CityTV's move (coupled with smack talk online, which eventually got back to them when they remembered it's the 21st century and opened their web browsers) caused them to blink and schedule it for early September. ;)

At any rate - YAAA-AAAA-AAAA-AAAY!
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