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15 Ways “Empire” Would Be Different If It Was A UK Show

Bollocks Bollocks Kitty.

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1. First off, Cookie is named Biscuit.

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2. The show isn't set in the urban metropolis of New York, it's set in Brixton, a borough of London.

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3. The Streatham-born model and actress Naomi Campbell is most recognizable to U.K. audiences, so she's all over the promotional posters.

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4. Due to gun control in the U.K., none of the characters have access to firearms.

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5. Rhonda is a Made in Chelsea cast member.

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6. Anika is unfortunately no longer portrayed by actress Grace Gealey. The role has been recast with Sam Smith.

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7. And in turn, the line "fake-ass Halle Berry" was changed to "fake-ass Daniel Beddingfield."

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8. Jamal does not refuse to take Lucious' money, because rent is high as hell in London, are you kidding me?

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9. This is, in fact, the empire that Lucious is always talking about.

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10. The rude-as-hell Hakeem is entitled, has an explosive personality, and never moves to the second level on the bus to make room for other people.

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11. Instead of Courtney Love making a guest appearance, they get Posh Spice.

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12. Biscuit's (Cookie's) assistant is played by Archie Panjabi, who delighted at the chance to return to London and work with a lead actress who will actually film scenes with her.

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13. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a love interest for Biscuit, because duh.

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14. AND YOU KNOW THAT SINCE LUTHER FILMS HERE THERE ARE CROSSOVERS, BECAUSE IDRIS.

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15. And the weirdest of all is that they changed Cookie's famous phrase "Boo Boo Kitty" to something else entirely.

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The show is still great, though!

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