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Has ITV Shortened Series 5 of 'Law & Order: UK'?
One week ago ITV released the press pack for Series 5 of Law & Order: UK. Two days ago it was announced the show would return to ITV1 on July 10th. All original press materials mentioned the series would include seven episodes. This would follow earlier thirteen episode splits into seven, then six episodes. However, today, when I did one of my checks of the ITV Press Centre, I noticed the page for the 'The Wrong Man' had been changed to state "Episode: 1 of 6". Excuse me?

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:

Question: As ever the storylines are hard hitting and all set in very different worlds. There are some emotional, some shocking and some terrifyingly close to home...

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.
 
Two-parter episodes are intended to air back-to-back. This usually means a week apart, but, occasionally, on the same night or consecutive nights. I know the various US versions of Law & Order have had two, even three, part episodes. And while part one may end on a sudden, unexpected discovery by the detectives or prosecutors, leading the case in a new direction, I don't believe that qualifies as a traditional cliffhanger ending.

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.

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esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: July 1st, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
There's a bank holiday weekend at the end of August here (29th August is a bank holiday) and ITV tend to show a drama over Sunday/Monday night on bank holidays, would need to do the math to see if the seventh episdoe would have fallen then and math is not my strong point. :)

I'm assuming Devlin will exit at episode 7 as that would seem the logical place, I'm glad to hear though it sounds like he may be getting to go out in style.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: July 2nd, 2011 04:49 am (UTC) (Link Me)
If it continues to air on Sundays following the premiere episode, Episode 6 will air on August 14th. So no, it'll be about 2 weeks shy of the holiday.
esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: July 2nd, 2011 09:27 am (UTC) (Link Me)
And now you see why math isn't my strong point. :P

They've probably got an episode of 'Gerbils do the funniest things' or something that they want to show then.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: July 2nd, 2011 04:47 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I don't have much else to add to what's already been said. Except that ITV has probably surpassed every other network I've dealt with in various fandoms on the level of WTFery. So... well done?
persiflage_1 From: persiflage_1 Date: July 2nd, 2011 05:43 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Surely you know by now that ITV's logic is not our Earth logic? I find it highly likely they've decided to split the season at ep 6 instead of at ep 7 as usual, just *because* of that two parter.

Morons.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 2nd, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Morons.

So say we all.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Is this Jamie's last episode, or is he in at least some of the back half 0f the 13 as well? Or do we don't know?

Is anyone other than me thinking Matt might possibly be killed off? Or badly wounded?
asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 2nd, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
There's been no word on how many episodes he appears in. I do know they filmed the episodes out of order and that he made some trips back to London for filming after he effectively have relocated to the US. So he could be in both Series 5 and 6.

Another option that someone pitched to me is something happens on the job that causes Matt to become fed and leave. Or maybe go to work for another division/unit.
spongetrisha From: spongetrisha Date: July 3rd, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
ITV really know how to balls things up don't they?
My own suspicion is that Matt gets seriously hurt.
From: thingy356 Date: July 4th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Episode ending

A tall blonde woman in a red dress lures him down to the Bakerloo line. Stepping over the rails in very high heels, she tells him that the tube tunnel is the gateway to another dimension and that he must fulfill his destiny. Muttering that she must be "off her trolley" he is never-the-less intrigued and follows her into the gloom. Suddenly,there are other figures in the darkness and he is shocked to see emerging many copies of himself. One appears to be wearing a flight suite, one dressed in an ancient naval uniform, one is a GI and yet another carries a doctors bag. As he walks toward them, they embrace him and call out "We love you Matt". They all begin to walk away down the tunnel and into the shadows. Suddenly, a tube train blasts out and rushes past. As the noise and dust fades away, the tunnel is empty, Matt and the copies have gone, there is nothing but the water dripping on to the tunnel floor. The blonde woman's voice is heard whispering "All of this has happened before and it will all happen again" as a dim red light can just be seen moving from side to side in the blackest depths............ Title Sequence
From: thingy356 Date: July 4th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: Episode ending

.......apologies for my spelling. That'll teach me to check before I post next time
asta77 From: asta77 Date: July 5th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: Episode ending

Hee! Awesome! :D

Do you watch Eureka? If not, there was an episode in which the various characters are hallucinating people from their pasts. James Callis' character feels he can't reveal who he is seeing so, instead, states it's a leggy blonde in a slinky red dress. ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 5th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: Episode ending

No I haven't seen that but it makes me smile when shows 'nod' towards other productions. Also, there are some really interesting mash-ups on Youtube (although I havent seen any for Jamie), one of the best is John Simm in 'Life on Mars' (the original UK version) hallucinating 'Dr Who'.
From: thingy356 Date: July 5th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: Episode ending

No I haven't seen that but it makes me smile when shows 'nod' towards other productions. Also, there are some really interesting mash-ups on Youtube , one of the best is John Simm in 'Life on Mars' (the original UK version) hallucinating 'Dr Who'. It would be really great if someone could do one for Jamie.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: July 5th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: Episode ending

great idea. made me smile :)
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