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Law & Order: UK News
While ITV's latest announcement regarding Law & Order: UK does not involve Jamie, since we discuss the series on a regular basis and we've all become big fans in no small part because of Jamie, I felt it was OK to bend the rules a bit. Simply Television, via a press release by ITV, has announced cast changes for the upcoming series, currently in production, of 'Law & Order: UK'.

Peter Davison and Dominic Rowan join the cast of ITV's highly successful drama Law & Order: UK as filming begins on 13 new episodes.

Law & Order: UK is based on Dick Wolf’s groundbreaking US format which remains the most successful brand on primetime U.S. television. Commissioned for the UK by Peter Fincham, ITV’s Director of Television, Channels and Online and Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama, the third series of Law & Order: UK launched with 5.5 million viewers and with series four to air next year the drama has established itself as one of ITV's most popular.

This time around the critically acclaimed cast, including Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber and Freema Agyeman have a tough, new ally in their fight for justice in the form of Senior Crown Prosecutor Jacob Thorne; a working class hero played by Dominic Rowan (Catwalk Dogs, The Family Man).

And Peter Davison (Unforgiven, Distant Shores,The Last Detective) is Henry Sharpe taking over the job of Director of the CPS - previously held by George Castle (Bill Paterson). Henry is a down to earth pragmatist and a great boss who has worked with Jacob Thorne before.

Bill Paterson is set to return in future series as the newly appointed Director of Public Prosecutions. Other guest stars lining up for series four include Juliet Stevenson, Tobias Menzies, Eddie Marsan and Nicola Walker.

I'm assuming the guest starring information is an error on ITV's part since some of those individuals have appeared in the episodes currently airing. It doesn't take much deductive reasoning to realize Ben Daniels is no longer with the series. I've really come to like James and Ben will be very much missed by me as well as many of you. While I'm unfamiliar with Dominic Rowan, I am excited to see what Peter Davison will bring to his role.


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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 24th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Yeah I kinda suspected Ben Daniels would leave but I'm disappointed we'll be seeing less of George too, he's been growing on me in the last series!

I'm going to miss James but I admit I'm excited about the cast shake up, might be refreshing and Peter Davison has been in a lot. I haven't heard about Dominic Rowan but I like the look of him and he seems to have a solid theatre background.

Oh and i'm very excited about Tobias Menzies, loved him in Rome.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 24th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Cast shake-ups are the norm for L&O, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised. ;) If it feels surprising to anyone, I think it's because their seasons/series are so much shorter than ours. Four series = about one season of a the U.S. version.

I'm looking forward to Tobias guest starring and having an Ultimate Force reunion with Jamie. :D

telscha From: telscha Date: November 24th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'd guessed Ben was leaving due to comments on Twitter, but no one stays in the same job for ever :) But we still have him in sesaon 4 to come...when they finally deicde to show it in the UK
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 24th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Given some of Ben's comments on Twitter, I asked him awhile back if he was still with the show and his response was along the lines of no comment. ;) So, yeah, I kind of assumed James wasn't going to be around in the new series. I'll miss him, but it sounds like they've done a great job in finding new actors. I'm interested in seeing the new dynamic.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 24th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link Me)

Martha & the Fifth Doctor

I will miss Ben.

As long as team Law isn't changed, I will be okay.
angelicalangie From: angelicalangie Date: November 24th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I was having heart stopping moments of seeing Jamie Leave - and that would be bad - cause Jamie kinda is a part of the heart of the show. Glad it appears he is staying.
wisteria_ From: wisteria_ Date: November 24th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
So, Peter Davison will play Freema Agyeman's boss. The press release was quite clever in which of his credits they chose to mention. Will the two of them bond over their time in the TARDIS? (Whee! I'm geeking out a tiny bit.)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 24th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
We just need David Tennant to guest star and then watch as heads explode. ;)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: November 24th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
You're not alone. I'm geeking out a LOT over Davison. ;) I grew up with him and Baker, he's one of my faves.
suzy_74 From: suzy_74 Date: November 24th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I just read those news online and thought, but that hasn't been posted on Bamer news yet, I wonder if it's true. but of course, it was me who hadn't seen it here yet.

Please do post spoilers such as these. Surely if they are kept behind cuts and fare warnings no one would mind? I don't even know if I'll get to see series 3 and 4 on TV yet so I'm enjoying everything I can read about this show. Unless there's spoilers I want to avoid! Right now I'm waiting for S1+2 DVDs to come out here, which will take forever I dread.

It's too bad James will no longer be there. Ben is a great actor. Not sure I know these new actors. Hmm. Will have to look them up. *phew* I am however very glad Jamie is still with it.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 24th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
When I originally posted, I didn't have the news behind the cut. It's going to be floating around (and from what I can see the news is spreading fast), yet some people consider casting news spoilers (personally, I don't), so I figured I'd air on the side of caution and put the information behind a cut-tag. But, no worries, I'll post everything I can and that I believe the majority will be interested in. :)

I'm familiar with Peter Davison and, DUH!, just remembered he and Jamie have worked together before! Jamie guest starred on Peter's series, The Last Detective.
lemurling From: lemurling Date: November 24th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Ugh. Nothing against Freema, but James was my favorite part of Team Order, and Bill Paterson is one of my favorite British actors, so perfectly avuncular. I guess I can stop complaining about the glut of Team Order time in Series 4 and just enjoy my last minutes with James.

I've been watching the time cards, and none of the Series 4 episodes have caught up to the end of 3.7. They all start after 3.7 starts, but end before 3.7 ended. So I'm wondering if that 3.7 ending dynamic will have any bearing at all on whatever the 4.6 dynamic ends up being, assuming they do something in 4.6 to explain James leaving the show. (Being vague to avoid spoiling folks who haven't seen the latest epis.)

I'm sure I'll like the new actors too, but it's so hard to get into the characters with just the glimpses here and there, I'm not ready to let go of James, and I reserve the right to pout for a little while.

*is going to need a new icon*
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 24th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Feel free to pout! I've been there myself over the years. And you were one of the first people I thought of when I read the news. :/

I'm curious to see where we end as well. If they are juggling the episodes, will the last episode of Series 4 be the intended swan song for James?
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: November 24th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Well, clearly saddened to hear that Ben and Bill are both leaving, as I've loved the current cast tremendously. People do want to move on sometimes, though, so I understand that aspect of it; they've both made terrific contributions to the show. At least it sounds like we'll still get to see Bill periodically if George is getting a promotion. (Oh, my... all those moments of "Screw the DPP" and now... he IS the DPP! XD It definitely makes me wonder about the recent episode where he seemed to be playing a bit more friendly with the department... is that intentional? Maybe George is already looking toward a possible promotion but that hasn't been revealed w/in the context of the show yet?)

Also pretty unfamiliar with Dominic Rowan. But as I noted above... eeep! HUGE fan of Peter Davison. :) Five is one of my all time favorite Doctors, so if George's seat needs to be filled, they definitely chose wisely IMO.

elzed From: elzed Date: November 24th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, the Dr Who vibe is getting irresistible! (standby for guest starring David Tennant....)

real shame about Ben Daniels, he and Freema worked really well together, and losing George is a blow!

But at least team Law remains (and Freema stays, which is excellent news).
ayajedi From: ayajedi Date: November 30th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I will miss James and George but I am looking forward to see what the new characters will bring.
As long as they keep Matt and Alesha, I am good
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