Law & Order: UK

Series 5 - 3. Crush

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Ladies, if you ever get lucky with detective Matt Devlin, take care over your undergarments, you don’t want him to get the wrong idea. As Devlin looms over the body of a murdered prostitute, he remarks, “A working girl. That explains the push-up bra.” So push-up bras are worn only by hookers? Really, Matt? Really?

The woman, with weary inevitability, was from Eastern Europe and had a flourishing business with a metronomic turnaround of clients. One of them is a posh, charming and handsome historian/author (Greg Wise), a family man who is devoted to his wife and disabled son. Devlin (Jamie Bamber) has actually read one of his books, which is possibly the most surprising detail in the entire episode. Matt can read?

Back at the station, you might find yourself wincing as the awesome Harriet Walter (boss Natalie Chandler), is forced into talking all gorblimey when she refers to a suspect who “ponced a fag off a couple of waiters”.

Over at the CPS, bland prosecutor Jacob Thorne leaves the important stuff to Alesha Phillips, though only after they have discussed the case while walking in tandem through the streets of London. It seems to aid the thought processes.

About this programme

3/6. A call girl is found murdered at an upmarket apartment, apparently the victim of a client who risks losing everything if his secret obsession with the woman is revealed. Leading the cross-examination, Phillips begins to suspect someone had a reason to frame the accused, and doggedly pursues the truth. Guest starring Greg Wise, with Bradley Walsh and Freema Agyeman.

Cast and crew


Ronnie Brooks
Bradley Walsh
Matt Devlin
Jamie Bamber
Natalie Chandler
Harriet Walter
Alesha Phillips
Freema Agyeman
Henry Sharpe
Peter Davison
Gavin Williams
Greg Wise
Jane Williams
Charlotte Emmerson
Rachel Mathesson
Penny Downie
Adjoa Andoh
Jessica Gunning
Michael Hunter
Dominic Coleman
Suzana Visnic
Maya Lubinsky
Tariq Jordan
Simon Bevan
Tom Andrews
Daniel O'Grady
Alexander Perkins
Calvin Dean
Stephanie Walsh
Jan Goodman
Paul Clayton
Judge Peterson
Timothy Davies
Vanessa Marsh
Evie Dawnay


Mat King
Executive Producer
Dick Wolf
Executive Producer
Andrew Woodhead
Executive Producer
Stephen Garrett
Executive Producer
Jane Featherstone
Richard Stokes
Nick Hicks-Beach