The longest running crime series in U.S. television history is making its way across the pond for a UK reworking. Series creator Dick Wolf is set to give Law & Order a makeover-for fans in the UK. Law & Order: UK promises to retain the grittiness of the original series, but be uniquely British.
Ronnie and new partner Joe lead the investigation into the death of jeweller Harry Bernstein, who has been found with his hands and teeth missing. His wife, her lover and a former business associate are all possible suspects, but the case takes a surprising turn when the victim's sister receives a gruesome delivery. She's on the jury for the trial of a drug dealer and murderer who Ronnie has been trying to nail for years, and the threat to her points to jury tampering, so Jake and Kate have to take a dramatic approach to win the case. The problem is, they're up against a formidable defence barrister.
While investigating the fatal stabbing of a psychiatrist with a caseload of violent adolescent patients, Ronnie and Joe's first instinct is to question those he was treating. However, the case takes a disturbing turn when the detectives discover a hidden sleeping compartment in the victim's office which has clearly been used recently by one of his underage visitors - and evidence comes to light suggesting he may have been having an affair with one of them.
While working with the drug squad, Ronnie and Joe find a skeleton that has been hidden inside the boot of a car in the River Thames. It turns out to be the remains of Taylor Kane, an undercover policeman who went missing in the 1980s - around the time of the Brixton riots. Through clever detection, unsettling evidence is unearthed and the team knows it must raise issues the police would rather forget.
The hunt for the killer of a seemingly innocent family man brings Ronnie into contact with his old boss, former DI Natalie Chandler, whose father is accused of the crime. She wastes no time in persuading the detective to go above and beyond the call of duty to exonerate her dad and find the real culprit - even if that means getting him into trouble with an increasingly frustrated Wes.
When the body of an elderly woman is discovered at a well-known suicide spot, Ronnie soon detects foul play, with suspicion falling on the victim's son and daughter-in-law, as well as a doctor who has recently arrived in the UK. However, even after a confession is secured, Joe remains baffled as to the motive, and Kate struggles to remain professional - jeopardising her career and leaving Jake to prosecute the case alone.
A blood-spattered hotel room and a stolen credit card lead Ronnie and Joe to Charles Hutton, a member of the wealthy upper classes who dotes on his wife, Camille, and daughter, Georgia. The detectives find clues that suggest Georgia gave birth at the scene, but where is the baby now? The young woman and her boyfriend Rufus prove difficult for Jake and Kate to prosecute, and to make matters worse, the defense counsel turns out to be Jake's old nemesis. As the evidence stacks up, how far will Charles go to protect his privileged family?
When a series of shootings claims one of their own, Ronnie and Joe have little time to grieve - they must solve the case before the killer reaches their next target on a hit list that includes CPS director Henry Sharpe. It gradually becomes apparent that the common thread connecting all the names is the case of Mark Glendon, convicted of the murder of his wife four years earlier. Although he's still in custody, a retrial is imminent, putting pressure on the team to catch the murderer before the jury delivers its verdict.
Still reeling from the death of one of their own, Ronnie and Joe face a new challenge when an innocent young mum is fatally stabbed in a busy marketplace, just as a senior police officer publicly pledges to crack down on knife crime. Under pressure from all sides, the pair struggle to gather evidence against the youth they think is responsible, and the suspect's unintentional confession appears to bring the case to a close. However, Ronnie is the only person who hears the admission, and it proves difficult getting anyone to believe him. With the detective's honesty cast into doubt and his effectiveness questioned at every turn, is this the end of his career?