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Law & Order: UK

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Law & Order: UK
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Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
UKD.jpg UK
Channel ITV
Genre Police Procedural / Legal Drama
Broadcast 2009-14
No. of Seasons 8
No. of Episodes 53

Law & Order: UK is the British adaptation of the long-running American drama Law & Order. Set in London, Law & Order: UK is not the first foreign adaption of the Law & Order franchise, but the first in English and the first adaptation of the original Law & Order rather than SVU or Criminal Intent. Every episode is based on an existing Law & Order episode, with slight changes to fit the characters, British law (no death penalty) and technological updates (CCTV). Like American versions of Law & Order, the signature "clang-clang" sound and opening voice-over are used (with Robert Glenister replacing Steven Zirnkilton.) Due to the nature of British television, each "series" consists of only six or seven episodes, and two "series" are combined to make an American "season" of thirteen episodes. Despite the fewer episodes (39 episodes in six series, compared to the 134 episodes the original series had aired in six seasons,) cast turnover has kept up, with only one original cast member remaining at the start of series 7.

Given tighter British gun laws and the fact that even most of the police officers are unarmed, there are far fewer guns in this series than its American counterpart.


  • Detective Sergeant Ronnie Brooks - Bradley Walsh (Series 1-8)
  • Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin - Jamie Bamber (Series 1-5)
  • Detective Sergeant Sam Casey - Paul Nicholls (Series 6-7)
  • Detective Sergeant Joe Hawkins - Ben Bailey-Smith (Series 8)
  • Detective Inspector Natalie Chandler - Harriet Walter (Series 1-6)
  • Detective Inspector Wes Layton - Paterson Joseph (Series 7-8)
  • Detective Inspector Elizabeth Flynn - Sharon Small (Series 8)
  • Senior Crown Prosecutor James Steel - Ben Daniels (Series 1-4)
  • Senior Crown Prosecutor Jacob Thorne - Dominic Rowan (Series 5-8)
  • Junior Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips - Freema Agyeman (Series 1-6)
  • Junior Crown Prosecutor Kate Barker - Georgia Taylor (Series 7-8)
  • Director of Crown Prosecution Service London George Castle - Bill Paterson (Series 1-4)
  • Director of Crown Prosecution Service London Henry Sharpe - Peter Davison (Series 5-8)

The following weapons were used in the television series Law & Order: UK:

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Kock MP5A3

MPS armed police officers are armed with Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with weapon lights and EOTech optics.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight - 9x19mm
An armed officer with an MP5A3 in "Samaritan" (S02E01).
An armed officer with an MP5A3 in "Samaritan" (S02E01).
Armed officers with MP5A3s accompany DS Brooks in "Denial" (S04E02).
Armed officers with MP5A3s in "Denial" (S04E02). The armed officers also appear to be equipped with pistols in leg holsters, but they are impossible to ID from here.


CZ 75 "Pre-B"

A CZ 75 "Pre-B" is used in a shooting in "Honour Bound" (S02E06). The episode is a remake of "Corruption" (S07E05) of the original Law & Order, where the weapon used was a Glock 19.

"Pre-B" CZ 75 - 9x19mm
The CZ-75 dropped on the pavement.

Makarov PM

A Makarov PM is the murder weapon in "Survivor" (S03E05) and is found with two schoolgirls. It is described as a "Baikal" (or rather, a BAY-kel by everyone at MPS) gas pistol converted to fire real rounds. (Converted Baikal IZH-79 gas pistols are apparently quite popular with British criminals.) In the original version, "Punk" (S09E08), the murder weapon was a Glock 19.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Kelisha (Ebony Newton) with the Makarov pointed at her head. Note the shape of the trigger guard.
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Kelisha's friend Shanay (Korie Lindsey-White) with the pistol.
Shanay pretends to shoot Kelisa. Luckily for Kelisha, the owner had unloaded the pistol before dumping it.

Beretta 92FS

Charlie Blake (Theo Barklem-Biggs) draws a Beretta 92FS on DS Brooks in "Help" (S04E05).

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Charlie Blake with the Beretta.
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DS Brooks with the Beretta. This is the first time in the series that one of the detectives has touched a firearm.
A uniformed officer with the Beretta, acting like he's never touched a gun before.

Rifles / Carbines


A gate guard is armed with an L85A1 in "Shaken" (S04E03). The bolt handle looks a bit flimsy, so it might be replica or an Airsoft.

L85A1 with SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO
Brooks and Devlin await their suspect as a guard looks on.
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X26 Taser

Armed police officers are armed with X26 Taser in "Defence" (S03E03).

A X26 Tazer.
An officer with his holstered X26. It appears that he is carrying a real pistol somewhere, as he has a spare magazine attached to his vest.
The same officer holding his taser on the suspect. The NYPD were slightly better equipped in the original.

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