The new series of Law & Order UK continues and the new senior Crown Prosecutor Jake Thorne shows his Machiavellian edge as he offers a deal in a child neglect case which could seal a successful case or see both parties go free. Alesha is concerned by his dealings and even shocked when it transpires that the defence is led by an old flame of his, whose existence he cannot recall.
Freema Agyeman commented on the developing relationship between the two lawyers:
“I think Alesha feels mild irritation towards Jake a lot of the time, which I like to think is homage to her strong feelings about James Steel. The nature of the show is to move forward and it is about the job not their personal lives, but I like to feel the change is not simply a complete substitution without it being marked in her mind. However they do have to work as a team. Alesha also seems to show a level of amusement towards Jake at times, which gives her a more mature appearance – almost like a wry smiling parent.”
The series sees Agyeman’s character, Alesha Philips, develop and get the chance for her own instance of courtroom time, questioning a defendant. For now, however, Freema’s character feels comfortable in her position:
“I think there is a power balance shift within the new team. That means different requirements for me as her level of involvement has increased. I sense a real equality between Jake and Alesha; he is in a senior role but she has been there longer so that balances their dynamic a little bit.”
Ronnie is not so comfortable and even goes to talk to Jake to question his decision to opt for a lesser charge. The ambitious and results-driven prosecutor stands his ground – is there trouble to come?
Law & Order: UK “Safe” Season 5 Episode 2 will air on ITV at 9pm on 17th July 2011.
DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh)
DS Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber)
Natalie Chandler (Harriet Walter)
Alesha Phillips (Freema Agyeman)
Senior Crown Prosecutor Jake Thorne (Dominic Rowan)
Director of the CPS Henry Sharpe (Peter Davison)
Kayla Stark (Amy Strange)
Jimmy Burton (George Rainsford)
Yvette Dyer (Patricia Potter)
Gregor Browning (John Bowler)
Producer: Richard Stokes & Emilia di Girolamo
Director: M.T. Adler
Writer: Emilia di Girolamo
Executive producers: Andrew Woodhead, Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone.
Series creator and executive producer: Dick Wolf
A Kudos/Wolf Films/NBC Universal Production.