One of the highlights of Series 5 was to be a first for the series, a two-parter. Lead writer and producer, Emilia di Girolamo, enthusiastically discussed the episodes in the press release:
Emilia: "This season we really delve into our regular characters’ lives and explore the emotional impact these cases have on our heroes. Both Matt and Ronnie go on huge personal journeys this season and I love where these seven stories take them. We also do a Law & Order: UK first and close the season with a two-parter. Having two hours rather than one to tell a story with our regulars was an exciting challenge and I’m very glad I got to write both episodes. I’m immensely proud of the double bill - 'Deal' and 'Survivor’s Guilt' – which not only explore some of the most challenging territory we’ve ever covered, but also feature stunning performances from Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber and guest actor, the utterly brilliant, Charles Mnene.
Law & Order: UK films what can be considered a thirteen episode season. A season that only much later is split into two series (with a presumption of a 7/6 episode split). One can assume 'Deal' and 'Survivor's Guilt' revolves around a story that needed two hours to tell in a satisfying manner and was designed to air together. I am currently at a loss as to what ITV's thinking is in splitting the episodes, which is apparently the case. And I think we, the fans, will be deeply disappointed if we are not seeing the story as the writer, cast and everyone involved in the production of the show presumed it would be told.