ITV has commissioned a second series of Law & Order: UK, it has been confirmed.
Following the huge success of series one earlier this year, the channel has commissioned another 13 episodes to go into production later in 2009.
The first series – starring former Coronation Street actor Bradley Walsh and Doctor Who actress Freema Agyeman – was watched by an average of 6.3 million viewers following its launch in February.
The new series will once again be co-produced by Kudos Films and Television, Wolf Films and NBC Universal.
Laura Mackie, director of drama for ITV, said: “This new commission brings our total order to 26 episodes which demonstrates our commitment to series that have concepts and storylines that can run long term.
“Audiences clearly loved the first series which featured the cream of British acting talent with gripping ‘torn from the headlines’ storylines and this will again be at the heart of the new series.
“Kudos and Wolf Films made Law & Order: UK dynamic and fast paced and I’m delighted to be collaborating with them again on the new run.”
Back in April, star Jamie Bamber feared that Law & Order: UK would not return for a second series due to cutbacks being made at ITV.
The remaining six episodes from the first 13-part series of Law & Order: UK will be screened at a later date.