Law & Order: UK (2009–2014)
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Love and Loss 

A teen-aged girl returning from vacation with her friends dies from a heroin overdose. Devlin and Brooks must find the man who hired her to smuggle the drugs.


Mark Everest


Dick Wolf (original series created by), Terry Cafolla (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Walsh ... Ronnie Brooks
Jamie Bamber ... Matt Devlin
Harriet Walter ... Natalie Chandler
Ben Daniels ... James Steel
Freema Agyeman ... Alesha Phillips
Bill Paterson ... George Castle
Eddie Marsan ... Jason Peters
Mark Lewis Jones ... Mark Powell
Shaun Dooley ... Jack Gilmore
Orla Fitzgerald ... Una McGladdery
Elizabeth Crarer Elizabeth Crarer ... Kirsty Wallace
Anjli Mohindra ... Sophie Martin
Jessica Gunning Jessica Gunning ... Angela
Billie North ... Debbie Powell
Lourdes Faberes ... Dr. Julia Lam


When 18 year-old Debbie Powell dies from a heroin overdose just as she returns to the UK from a holiday in Thailand, the police learn that she was a drug mule with over 70 condoms of the drug in her stomach. With the dead girl far from being the usual drug mule the police try to understand why a young woman from a reasonably well-off family would get involved in drug smuggling. Her two traveling companions ran away after the girl died but they know she was to meet her boyfriend immediately on their return. When an arrest is made, James Steel and the Prosecution Service not only charge him drug importation but also with manslaughter, arguing that he had a duty of care with respect to the young woman. The man seems to have a history of seducing young women and using them as mules but in court, the Crown's principal witness recants his earlier statement saying the police coerced him. Steel pursues another strategy to ensure justice is done. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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17 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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[Central London Revenue Office, Hammersmith W14, Thursday 19th November]
Una McGladdery: Fantastic. This is the reason I joined. All I want is mountains of paperwork.
Alesha Phillips: So what should we be looking for?
Una McGladdery: You don't "look" for anything. Be the paper, become the numbers. First rule of tax forms? Everybody lies. Second rule of tax forms: everybody gets found out eventually, usually by me.
James Steel: What do you need.
Una McGladdery: [to James Steel] Guns.
Una McGladdery: [to Alesha Phillips] Lots of guns.
[a pause as Alesha's slight smile abruptly fades]
Una McGladdery: Only ...
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21 October 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

Three young girls were joking at the airport. They had just come from a holiday in Thailand. Suddenly, one of them (Billie North) started feeling sick, losing blood from the nose: it was a heart attack, not so common in an eighteen years old person. Forensic soon figured out she swallowed drug condoms full of heroin; she was actually smuggling drugs, that can worth to her boss twenty times the cost sustained in Bangkok. Something is not clear in detective's mind: how could a middle class girl risk her life for smuggling dope? It can't be for money, maybe some boyfriend take advantage of her. Her black teacher (who help her taking driving license), a family friend and a coworker in a part-time job are among the suspects.

In this episode we see a witness lying under oath, changing the story told previously in the questioning room. It's hard to set the perp up, so Steel gets an idea: maybe he has just watched "The Untouchable" on screen and he tries to pull off the same trick used by Eliot Ness. Not so original, but still an enjoyable episode.

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