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Jimmy McGovern returns on top form for his new one off BBC drama Common. Never afraid to hit on current issues, he looks at the issue of joint enterprise in the British justice system – and hits many provoking points along the way.
Common follows the story of 17-year-old Johnjo O’Shea (The Village‘s Nico Mirallegro) who thinks he is going out for a pizza with his cousin Tony (Philip Hill Pearson) and his friends Kieran (This Is England’s Andrew Ellis) and Colin (Jack McCullen), but he actually taking them to sort out the local loud mouth. While the altercation goes down, Kieran thinks an innocent bystander called Thomas Ward (Harry McMullen) is staring at him, and then fatally stabs him. As the drama plays out, we see the four lads, only one who actually killed Thomas, up for murder.
- Lucy Cave
In 1846, two men named John Swindall and James Osborne engaged in a cart race on a public road that caused the death of a pedestrian. Only one vehicle had killed the victim, but as both had encouraged the other to drive dangerously, Swindall and Osborne were judged to be acting on a common intention and were both charged with manslaughter. The case ushered in the Joint Enterprise doctrine in English law, whereby two or more people who agree to commit a crime together are liable for the criminal actions of other members of their group.
Joint Enterprise. It sounds like a judicious scheme. Why should members of a group who set out with the common goal of murder evade justice only because they didn’t - or it couldn’t be »
Due to air on BBC One on Sunday the 6th of July, the ninety-minute film tells the story of a teenager dragged into a murder investigation that threatens to upturn his entire life. The cast, as McGovern's casts tend to be, has no weak links, from Game Of Thrones' Michelle Fairley and Robert Pugh to Susan Lynch, Daniel Mays, Jodhi May and relative newcomer Nico Mirallegro.
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3 items from 2014
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