History Series / LawAndOrderUK

16th Apr '16 6:37:08 PM DrOO7
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Each episode was a remake of an episode of the original series, with the stories updated for the modern day and the UK legal system (a task the writers found harder than they'd thought - you can't chuck FelonyMurder at people in the UK [[note]] or plausibly (thanks to the UK's much stricter gun control laws) [[VigilanteExecution have the Spouse/Parent/Lover/Neighbor/BFF of the victim show up on the courthouse steps with a handgun to kill the baddie every time they appear to get off]][[/note]]. The episodes so far were based on:

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Each episode was a remake of an episode of the original series, with the stories updated for the modern day and the UK legal system (a task the writers found harder than they'd thought - you can't chuck FelonyMurder at people in the UK [[note]] or plausibly (thanks to the UK's much stricter gun control laws) [[VigilanteExecution have the Spouse/Parent/Lover/Neighbor/BFF of the victim show up on the courthouse steps with a handgun to kill the baddie every time they appear to get off]][[/note]]. The episodes so far were based on:



** Matt and Alesha, separately, in "Alesha", then Matt again in "Confession"

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** Matt and Alesha, separately, in "Alesha", then "Alesha".
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Matt again in "Confession"


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* PlayingGertrude: Martin Jarvis plays Natalie Chandler's father, but he's only nine years Harriet Walter's senior.


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* TakingTheBullet: Matt for Alesha and the young witness in their case. In the next episode, Ronnie expresses remorse that he wasn't able to get to Matt in time to do this for ''him''.
24th Mar '16 2:13:03 PM nombretomado
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The "Law" included JamieBamber (then Paul Nicholls, then Ben Bailey Smith) and Bradley Walsh as DS Ronnie Brooks (previously known for ''CoronationStreet'') PlayingAgainstType as a detective, and the "Order" includes Ben Daniels (then Dominic Rowan), Creator/FreemaAgyeman (then Georgia Taylor), and Bill Paterson (then Creator/PeterDavison).

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The "Law" included JamieBamber (then Paul Nicholls, then Ben Bailey Smith) and Bradley Walsh as DS Ronnie Brooks (previously known for ''CoronationStreet'') ''Series/CoronationStreet'') PlayingAgainstType as a detective, and the "Order" includes Ben Daniels (then Dominic Rowan), Creator/FreemaAgyeman (then Georgia Taylor), and Bill Paterson (then Creator/PeterDavison).
10th Dec '15 12:26:19 PM DrOO7
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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Plays the first trope straight while simultaneously subverting the second. At the end of "Deal", Ronnie gushes to Matt about the birth of his grandson and the possibility of reconciling with his daughter. Minutes later... it's ''Matt'' who's been shot.
** Similarly, DI Wes Leyton celebrates his birthday is "Hard Stop"... and is shot and killed after leaving the party.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Plays the first trope straight while simultaneously subverting the second. At the end of "Deal", Ronnie gushes to Matt about the birth of his grandson and the possibility of reconciling with his daughter. Minutes later... it's ''Matt'' who's been later, Matt is shot.
** Similarly, DI Wes Leyton celebrates his birthday is in "Hard Stop"... and is shot and killed after leaving the party.



* HeroicSacrifice: Matt protecting Alesha and the young witness in their case from a hail of gunfire, taking two bullets that would otherwise have struck them. In the following episode, Ronnie expresses remorse that he himself was not able to do this for Matt.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Matt protecting Alesha and the young witness in their case from a hail of gunfire, [[TakingTheBullet taking two bullets bullets]] that would otherwise have struck them. In the following episode, Ronnie expresses remorse that he himself was not able to do this for Matt.



** "Confession"



* KickedUpstairs: The job Ronnie's offered during "Repeat To Fade". It's an attempt to quell the public and professional furor over a possible error he made in the investigation. Though the position sounds cushy--more senior, better salary and hours--he realizes that he'd be doing nothing more than sitting behind a desk and is hurt and offended that this is the thanks he gets after decades of dedicated service, as well as the strong implication that his skills as a detective are no longer trusted.

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* KickedUpstairs: The job Ronnie's offered during "Repeat To Fade". It's an attempt to quell the public and professional furor over a possible error he made in the investigation. Though the position sounds cushy--more senior, better salary and hours--he realizes that he'd be doing nothing more than sitting behind a desk and is hurt and offended that this is the thanks he gets after decades of dedicated service, as well as by the strong implication that his skills as a detective are no longer trusted.


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* OneOfOurOwn: "Vice", "Alesha", "Samaritan", "Confession", "Survivor's Guilt", "Tremors", "Hard Stop".


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* {{Retirony}}: Subverted. Ronnie gushes to Matt about the birth of his grandson and the possibility of reconciling with his estranged daughter. Minutes later. . .''Matt'' is shot.
7th Nov '15 5:51:33 PM mlsmithca
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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Plays the first trope straight while simultaneously subverting the second. At the end of "Deal", Ronnie gushes to Matt about the birth of his grandson and the possibility of reconciling with his daughter. Minutes later. . .it's ''Matt'' who's been shot.
** Similarly, DI Wes Leyton celebrates his birthday is "Hard Stop". . .and is shot and killed after leaving the party.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Plays the first trope straight while simultaneously subverting the second. At the end of "Deal", Ronnie gushes to Matt about the birth of his grandson and the possibility of reconciling with his daughter. Minutes later. . .later... it's ''Matt'' who's been shot.
** Similarly, DI Wes Leyton celebrates his birthday is "Hard Stop". . .Stop"... and is shot and killed after leaving the party.



* BolivianArmyEnding: "Repeat To Fade". Will Ronnie accept the new position he's been offered, despite knowing full well--and being offended by--its KickedUpstairs status? Or will he resign/retire outright? The episode ends with neither question answered, but with Bradley Walsh leaving the show, it would have had to be one or the other. . .except that the show has ended as well, meaning that we'll never know.

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* BolivianArmyEnding: "Repeat To Fade". Will Ronnie accept the new position he's been offered, despite knowing full well--and being offended by--its KickedUpstairs status? Or will he resign/retire outright? The episode ends with neither question answered, but with Bradley Walsh leaving the show, it would have had to be one or the other. . .other... except that the show has ended as well, meaning that we'll never know.



** Ronnie's knowledge of French enables him to speak with a witness in the first episode. . .and to a witness in a recent one. It even doubles as a BilingualBackfire, as aside from the fact that Ronnie can speak French, it turns out that the man can understand English after all.

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** Ronnie's knowledge of French enables him to speak with a witness in the first episode. . .episode... and to a witness in a recent one. It even doubles as a BilingualBackfire, as aside from the fact that Ronnie can speak French, it turns out that the man can understand English after all.



** The PedophilePriest in "Confession" shows up at the station to intimidate Matt. . .ends up making him even angrier and more determined to testify and send him to jail.

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** The PedophilePriest in "Confession" shows up at the station to intimidate Matt. . .Matt... ends up making him even angrier and more determined to testify and send him to jail.



* ManlyTears: Matt struggles to hold these back while talking to Alesha after she's raped, but lets loose with them at the end of "Confession". Ronnie also struggles to hold them back throughout "Survivor's Guilt". The closest he comes to losing it is when his voice breaks while describing Matt as "like. . .''my'' son". And Sam sheds plenty during "Tracks" and "Tremors".

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* ManlyTears: Matt struggles to hold these back while talking to Alesha after she's raped, but lets loose with them at the end of "Confession". Ronnie also struggles to hold them back throughout "Survivor's Guilt". The closest he comes to losing it is when his voice breaks while describing Matt as "like. . ."like... ''my'' son". And Sam sheds plenty during "Tracks" and "Tremors".



** There's also the murder victim in "Masquerade", named. . .Archie.

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** There's also the murder victim in "Masquerade", named. . .named... Archie.
7th Nov '15 5:50:29 PM mlsmithca
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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition[=/=]{{Retirony}}: Plays the first trope straight while simultaneously subverting the second. At the end of "Deal", Ronnie gushes to Matt about the birth of his grandson and the possibility of reconciling with his daughter. Minutes later. . .it's ''Matt'' who's been shot.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition[=/=]{{Retirony}}: BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Plays the first trope straight while simultaneously subverting the second. At the end of "Deal", Ronnie gushes to Matt about the birth of his grandson and the possibility of reconciling with his daughter. Minutes later. . .it's ''Matt'' who's been shot.



* BloodFromTheMouth[=/=][[spoiler:DiesWideOpen]]: Matt, in the episode "Deals."

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* BloodFromTheMouth[=/=][[spoiler:DiesWideOpen]]: BloodFromTheMouth: Matt, in the episode "Deals."



* CallBack[=/=]ContinuityNod:

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* CallBack[=/=]ContinuityNod:CallBack:



* HeroicSacrifice [=/=] TakingTheBullet: Matt protecting Alesha and the young witness in their case from a hail of gunfire, taking two bullets that would otherwise have struck them. In the following episode, Ronnie expresses remorse that he himself was not able to do this for Matt.

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* HeroicSacrifice [=/=] TakingTheBullet: HeroicSacrifice: Matt protecting Alesha and the young witness in their case from a hail of gunfire, taking two bullets that would otherwise have struck them. In the following episode, Ronnie expresses remorse that he himself was not able to do this for Matt.



* HopeSpot: there are occasions where the CPS look almost certain to gain a conviction but fall short (for example, "Alesha"). Some episodes [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zag]] the trope to get JusticeByOtherLegalMeans (e.g. "Alesha", "Love and Loss"). "Broken" inverts it when the CPS are trying to get a ten-year-old girl for manslaughter by diminished responsibility, but the [[{{Convicted By Public Opinion}} press latch onto the case and demand a murder conviction, which happens instead, ]] and "Deal" subverts it when the bad guy ''is'' convicted. All that's left to do is for Matt and Alesha to escort the young witness responsible into juvenile hall. But just then, a car pulls up . . .
* [[FunWithAcronyms Initialism's]] [[NamesTheSame The Same]]: In America, CPS is [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Child Protection Services]] while in the UK it means Crown Prosecution Service.

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* HopeSpot: there are occasions where the CPS look almost certain to gain a conviction but fall short (for example, "Alesha"). Some episodes [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zag]] the trope to get JusticeByOtherLegalMeans (e.g. "Alesha", "Love and Loss"). "Broken" inverts it when the CPS are trying to get a ten-year-old girl for manslaughter by diminished responsibility, but the [[{{Convicted By Public Opinion}} press latch onto the case and demand a murder conviction, which happens instead, ]] and "Deal" subverts it when the bad guy ''is'' convicted. All that's left to do is for Matt and Alesha to escort the young witness responsible into juvenile hall. But just then, a car pulls up . . .
* [[FunWithAcronyms Initialism's]] [[NamesTheSame The Same]]: In America, CPS is [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Child Protection Services]] while in the UK it means Crown Prosecution Service.
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* INeverSaidItWasPoison[=/=]SayingTooMuch: During the prosecution of an accused rapist/murderer, the key witness is a young woman who had noticed him lurking about the apartment building where the crime took place (and may very well have been the intended victim had she not evaded him). The man angrily denies having been at the building or ever seeing the girl before, calling her a liar and referring to her many tattoos before covering his mouth in horror as he realizes his mistake--although the young woman's arms were indeed covered with tattoos, she was wearing a jacket. The only way he could have known about her tattoos was if he had seen her previously.

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison[=/=]SayingTooMuch: INeverSaidItWasPoison: During the prosecution of an accused rapist/murderer, the key witness is a young woman who had noticed him lurking about the apartment building where the crime took place (and may very well have been the intended victim had she not evaded him). The man angrily denies having been at the building or ever seeing the girl before, calling her a liar and referring to her many tattoos before covering his mouth in horror as he realizes his mistake--although the young woman's arms were indeed covered with tattoos, she was wearing a jacket. The only way he could have known about her tattoos was if he had seen her previously.



* ItsPersonal[=/=]OneOfOurOwn:

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* ItsPersonal[=/=]OneOfOurOwn: ItsPersonal:



* SurprisinglySuddenDeath[=/=]WhamEpisode: The uber-grim episode "Deal" appears to be ending on a high note--Ronnie's daughter just had a baby boy, the murderous drug dealer has been convicted and Matt and Alesha are escorting the chief witness to juvenile detention, praising him for his courageous testimony. But out of nowhere, shots ring out, [[spoiler: and Matt is fatally injured protecting Alesha and the kid. Even knowing that this would be JamieBamber 's last episode doesn't make those final minutes any less shocking]].

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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath[=/=]WhamEpisode: SurprisinglySuddenDeath: The uber-grim episode "Deal" appears to be ending on a high note--Ronnie's daughter just had a baby boy, the murderous drug dealer has been convicted and Matt and Alesha are escorting the chief witness to juvenile detention, praising him for his courageous testimony. But out of nowhere, shots ring out, [[spoiler: and Matt is fatally injured protecting Alesha and the kid. Even knowing that this would be JamieBamber 's last episode doesn't make those final minutes any less shocking]].
7th Oct '15 12:36:27 PM DrOO7
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** The mention that Ronnie's grandson is named Matthew. Given that he was born the day Matt was killed, it's obvious that he was named after him. It's as close as possible to a mention of him since his death.

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** The mention that Ronnie's grandson is named Matthew. Given that he was born the day Matt was killed, it's obvious that [[DeadGuyJunior he was named after him.him]]. It's as close as possible to a mention of him since his death.
20th Sep '15 8:57:44 PM DrOO7
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--> '''James''': "I know her. She's up to something. That defense is way too simple."
24th Aug '15 9:03:35 PM PaulA
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** DS McFadden in "Buried" who was so convinced that AllGaysArePedophiles that he relentlessly interrogated--to the point of police brutality--the gay neighbor of a missing boy. 20-something years later, when the boy's remains are found, he is ''still'' convinced that the man was responsible and it's heavily implied that the real killer could have been caught from the beginning had it not been for his narrow-minded focus on the wrong person.

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** DS McFadden [=McFadden=] in "Buried" "Buried", who was so convinced that AllGaysArePedophiles that he relentlessly interrogated--to the point of police brutality--the gay neighbor of a missing boy. 20-something years later, when the boy's remains are found, he is ''still'' convinced that the man was responsible and it's heavily implied that the real killer could have been caught from the beginning had it not been for his narrow-minded focus on the wrong person.
5th Jul '15 3:44:34 PM DrOO7
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** The victim in "Vice" turns out to have been an AssholeVictim--he was blackmailing his killer for sex in exchange for not arresting her nor revealing her secret life as a prostitute. It's implied that he'd done this to other women.

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** DS McFadden in "Buried" who was so convinced that AllGaysArePedophiles that he relentlessly interrogated--to the point of police brutality--the gay neighbor of a missing boy. 20-something years later, when the boy's remains are found, he is ''still'' convinced that the man was responsible and it's heavily implied that the real killer could have been caught from the beginning had it not been for his narrow-minded focus on the wrong person.
** The victim in "Vice" turns "Vice"--a retired cop--turns out to have been an AssholeVictim--he was blackmailing his killer for sex in exchange for not arresting her nor revealing her secret life as a prostitute. It's implied that he'd done this to other women.
5th Jul '15 3:29:19 PM DrOO7
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: As with all ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' series, but the third season opener, "Broken" (much like the original ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode that it was based on) is a particularly blatant replica of both the Jamie Bulger case, right down to the infamous CCTV footage of the killers leading the little boy away, and the Mary Bell case from the 60ís with the names changed right down to the girl carving her initials onto the victim, and the 13 year old sidekick that ended up not going to prison.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: As with all ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' series, but the third season opener, "Broken" (much like the original ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode that it was based on) is a particularly blatant replica of both the Jamie Bulger case, right down to the infamous CCTV footage of the killers leading the little boy away, and the Mary Bell case from the 60ís with the names changed 60ís, right down to the way the girl mutilated her victim (including carving her initials onto initial into him), the victim, heavy implication that she was psychologically damaged from years of witnessing her mother's work as a prostitute and may very well have been molested by her mother's clients, and the 13 year old sidekick that ended up not going to prison.



-->'''Brooks''': ''DS'' Devlin, you mean?

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-->'''Brooks''': ''DS'' Devlin, you mean?mean? And he ain't my "boy".



* ZippingUpTheBodybag: After the cold opening and credits of "Hard Stop", just to establish that Wes Leyton is indeed dead. It happens at the end of the cold open of "Skeletons" also.

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* ZippingUpTheBodybag: After At the end of the cold open of "Skeletons" and after the cold opening and credits of "Hard Stop", just to establish that Wes Leyton is indeed dead. It happens at the end of the cold open of "Skeletons" also.dead.
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