The US TV phenomenon Law and Order:Special Victims Unit returns to UK screens this month with an epic 19th season of incredible stories and characters.
Ahead of the season 19 premiere on Universal Channel – BT TV channel 320 – here are five teasers about what’s in store for the new episodes.
1. There is a Chicago Justice crossover
Fans of the various Dick Wolf TV franchises will be excited to know that his Chicago series and Law and Order series will overlap thanks to the arrival of Chicago Justice character Peter Stone.
According to new showrunner Michael Chernuchin, Stone (Philip Winchester) will become a “huge foe” for Barba.
“He comes in with a legacy because of his dad, Ben Stone and he has a kind of rep in Chicago. He’s the outsider,” the showrunner told TV Line.
Peter’s father, Ben Stone was played by Michael Moriarty in the original Law & Order.
“We’ve connected all the Dick Wolf shows. The original New York franchise with the Chicago franchise, it’s like the small Dickensian universe in London where different characters show up if different novels,” said Chernunchin.
2. Brooke Shields joins the cast
“I play a very different character from any I have ever played. I’m excited to stir the SVU pot a bit,” said Shields.
Chernuchin told the Hollywood Reporter: “It’s is something you would never expect from Brooke Shields but she runs Benson through the wringer, both professionally and personally.”
3. More pain for Benson…
“I told Mariska (Hargitay) when we started the season that she’s a broken women and I’m going to break her more,” Chernuchin told Entertainment Weekly.
“We’re squeezing her between workd and family to see if she can survive. Both professionally and personally she’s going to have a hard time.”
Benson’s former boyfriend Cassidy (Dean Winters) will return for multiple episodes, starting with the season premiere.
4. Jack McCoy is back.
Sam Waterston appeared in 16 seasons of the original Law and Order, from 1994 to 2010. He’ll make his fourth appearance on SVU in season 19 and reunited with Cherbuchin, who helped develop the character back the 90s.
5. There is an episode inspired by the Charlottesville riots
Speaking about the show’s politics, Cherbuchin told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m not going to choose a side. I won’t choose aside. I’m going to present broth political views and let the audience decide which is right.
"My goal and I told the writers room this on this first day. I want half the audience to throw their shoes at television and the other half to stand up and cheer."
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit season 19 returns on Universal Channel on Sunday, October 8th at 10pm.
Watch Universal Channel on BT TV channel 320 and catch up on BT Player and BT TV App.