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'Torchwood' writer to lead UK 'Law & Order'

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Torchwood producer-writer Chris Chibnall has been appointed showrunner on the UK version of Law & Order.

As showrunner, Chibnall will be responsible for the creative direction of the series and be its executive producer.

ITV has ordered 13 episodes of Law & Order: London from independent production company Kudos, which will produce it based on scripts from the original US show.

The broadcaster's director of drama, Laura Mackie, told Broadcast that despite being based on original US scripts, "Law & Order: London will look and feel very British, glossy, dynamic and with the style and energy Kudos brings to all of its drama".

The series will be produced in conjunction with Wolf Films - the production company of series creator Dick Wolf - and NBC Universal.

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