Bradley Walsh ITVCrime drama, Law & Order: UK, starring Bradley Walsh, Georgia Taylor, Paterson Joseph and Dominic Rowan has been recommissioned by ITV for its eighth series.

Highlights of the new series include the death of a psychiatrist who specialises in violent juveniles and a hotel-room killing without a body. DS Ronnie Brooks, played by Bradley Walsh, will meet his match in a drug dealer who repeatedly beats the justice system and In I Predict a Riot, he’ll be investigating other senior police officers.

Created by acclaimed US show runner Dick Wolf and based on the US franchise, Law & Order is one of the most successful brands in American primetime television and has become a ratings success for ITV since its first broadcast in 2009.

Series seven, which broadcast earlier this year, won its time slot on every occasion and overcame the BBC’s period drama, The White Queen. The series achieved an average audience of 5.4 million viewers and a share of 21.3% of the available audience, which was an increase on the previous series.

ITV is delighted to see the return of Law & Order: UK, it’s a much loved drama amongst our audience and they certainly won’t be disappointed by what’s in store for them this series. – ITV Head of Drama Series, Jane Hudson

Dependable and experienced Detective Sergeant Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) will be joined in this series by new colleague DS Joe Hawkins played by newcomer Ben Bailey Smith.

Dominic Rowan, Georgia Taylor and Paterson Joseph also return in the new episodes.  Both Georgia and Paterson joined the cast last series.  Georgia plays straight talking Crown Prosecutor Kate Barker, who is fresh from the more lucrative defence side of the courtroom. She’s messy and stubborn, which infuriates her colleague, Chief Prosecutor Jacob Thorne (Dominic Rowan).

Paterson Joseph plays DI Wes Leyton, who has been in the force since the age of 18. He is determined to get results, but often frustrated by political and budget issues. Peter Davison returns as respected Director of the Crown Prosecution Service, Henry Sharpe.

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