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Premiere Dates for Series 4 of 'Law & Order: UK'
Now, the lucky Canadians are way ahead of all of us getting to see Series 4 of Law & Order: UK. At least on TV. ;) But the U.S. looks to be getting a few days jump on the U.K....sort of. According to my cable provider and the BBC America website, "I.D.", the first episode of Series 4 according to IMDB and the Canadian broadcast of the series, will debut on BBCA on Friday, March 4th. However, ITV1 will be broadcasting the fifth episode, "Help", on Monday, March 7th at 9:00pm. Details can be found at the ITV Press Centre.

I'm not sure why different episodes are airing as the first of the series, though it's possible it's filming order versus the order the episodes were intended to air. If I find our more, I'll update!


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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 22nd, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Huh. So ITV decides that because they've now been trumped twice-over by overseas channels on this series, their only resort to keep things fresh is to... air them out of order? Whipsha! Didn't see that one coming, didja, viewers?! *facepalm*

SPOILERS (swipe the text to read): On a basic level, IMO "Help" is the most dynamic and interesting episode of Series 4, so I'm not sure if they felt like they wanted to start with a bang? I feel as though it's awkward to move it as far away from "Skeletons" as possible, though; on the one hand, the conversations between Jason and James toward the end of "Help" that foreshadow James' downfall in the series finale might still work even with some distance between them, I'm not sure how the other character beats are going to hold up. It seemed logical for those two to air back to back. *shrug*(END SPOILERS)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 22nd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Hmmm, it just occurred to me that "I.D" was another episode based on a high profile UK case. Actually, it might have been the one that people thought "Broken" was based on, but wasn't. Maybe after the controversy surrounding the "Broken" series premiere, ITV decided to bump "I.D." to later in the series run? Which would mean ITV does not understand the whole "ripped from the headlines" concept that helped make L&O so successful.
enterlinemedia From: enterlinemedia Date: February 23rd, 2011 06:06 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I wonder when the new episodes will make it to DVD since I don't have BBCA. I enjoyed the first season DVD set a year ago.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 23rd, 2011 06:17 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Hopefully, in the summer after they air all the eps.
lemurling From: lemurling Date: February 23rd, 2011 06:50 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I never did finish doing my timeline comparisons, darn it, but I can tell you that for certain, I.D. was not the first in Series 4 according to timeline.

It has a start date of 6Feb11, and of the other three that I checked for series 4, Denial and Shaken come before I.D. in the timeline, and Duty of Care comes after. I'll find my AVIs tomorrow and check on the timeline for Help. I would be surprised if Help came before Denial in the timeline (which would make it the first episode in Series 4 by timeline) because there's only two weeks between the start of the last episode of Series 3 and the start of Denial. There's room, but only barely (1 week between is the shortest gap in the timeline, as I recall).
lemurling From: lemurling Date: February 24th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yeah, the dates don't match up for 4.5 Help being the first filmed according to timeline, so I've no idea about the motivation for the new airing order. Here's the datestamps for the approximate start of the Series 4 episodes:

3.7 Anonymous: 7th January
4.1 ID: 6th February
4.2 Denial: 24th January
4.3 Shaken: 1st February
4.4 Duty of Care: 7th March
4.5 Help: 15th February
4.6 Skeletons: 13th April
spongetrisha From: spongetrisha Date: February 23rd, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Except for viewers in STV. There are not showing the new season! Not a happy camper.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC) (Link Me)

L&O UK S4 trailer
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