ITV and series producer Kudos Film & Television have announced that Law & Order: UK is to end its run at the conclusion of the current season, but have left the door open to revive the series at a later date.
Based on the long-running US series Law & Order, Law & Order: UK follows the investigation of a major crime by the Metropolitan Police Service and the subsequent prosecution undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service. The drama series is produced by Kudos Film and Television & Wolf Films and starred Bradley Walsh, Dominic Rowan, Ben Bailey-Smith, Patterson Joseph, Georgia Taylor and Peter Davison.
The decision to end Law & Order: UK comes after series star Bradley Walsh opted to leave the series to pursue other opportunities. The series finale of Law & Order: UK is set to air on ITV on Wednesday June 11th at 9pm. ITV said that while they would not be commissioning a ninth season for the foreseeable future, the broadcaster is leaving the door open for a future runs. “There may well come a time when we re-visit Law & Order: UK,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November. “For the moment we’ll be resting the series whilst we continue to refresh our drama slate.”
“Ronnie Brooks is one of my best friends. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to inhabit Ronnie’s Mac for as long as I have. Eight series is a wonderful achievement for everyone involved in the production”, said Bradley Walsh. “This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. I hope one day to revisit him, but for now I’d like the opportunity to pursue other drama projects which ITV are developing.”
While Executive Producer Jane Featherstone added: “It’s been a privilege for Kudos to produce Law & Order: UK over the last eight series. It’s success and huge audience appeal over all of these years is a testament to the cast, crew and production team who have worked tirelessly to bring such great drama to air,” said Jane.