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One man's journey through the criminal justice system of Britain.
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 68 of 69)

Ben Whishaw ... Ben Coulter (5 episodes, 2008)

Bill Paterson ... Harry Box (5 episodes, 2008)

Con O'Neill ... Ralph Stone / ... (5 episodes, 2008)

Juliet Aubrey ... Mary Coulter (5 episodes, 2008)

Maxine Peake ... Juliet Miller (5 episodes, 2009)

Pete Postlethwaite ... Hooch (5 episodes, 2008)

Eddie Marsan ... Saul (5 episodes, 2009)

David Westhead ... Barry Coulter (5 episodes, 2008)

Joe Dixon ... Robert Lloyd (5 episodes, 2008)
Nadine Marshall ... Norma Fredericks (5 episodes, 2009)

Steven Mackintosh ... DI Chris Sexton (5 episodes, 2009)

Ruth Negga ... Melanie Lloyd / ... (5 episodes, 2008)
Rupert Procter ... Dominic Rose (5 episodes, 2009)
Jaye Griffiths ... Helen Marlowe (5 episodes, 2008)

Denis Lawson ... DCI Bill Faber (5 episodes, 2009)
Alice Sykes ... Ella Miller (5 episodes, 2009)

Zoe Telford ... Anna Klein (5 episodes, 2009)

Sophie Okonedo ... Jack Woolf (5 episodes, 2009)

Pooky Quesnel ... Alicia Rose / ... (5 episodes, 2009)

David Harewood ... Freddie Graham (4 episodes, 2008)

Vineeta Rishi ... Frances Kapoor (4 episodes, 2008)
Ian Peck ... Milroy (4 episodes, 2008)

Nicholas Farrell ... Painter (4 episodes, 2008)
Madeleine Rakic-Platt ... Kate Rose (4 episodes, 2009)
John Hodgkinson ... Rogers (4 episodes, 2008)
Richenda Carey ... Judge Ira (4 episodes, 2008)
Johann Myers ... Roland Roy (4 episodes, 2008)

Kate Hardie ... DS Flo Sexton (4 episodes, 2009)
Darrell D'Silva ... Quick (4 episodes, 2008)
Craig Gazey ... Flitcroft (4 episodes, 2008)
Bradley Gardner ... Bright (4 episodes, 2008)
Daren Elliott Holmes ... Man at Petrol Station / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
Blondell Taylor ... Court Clerk (4 episodes, 2008)
Sam Alexander ... PC Simon Jeary / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
Clara Onyemere ... PO Jill Laidlaw (4 episodes, 2009)

Adam Deacon ... Drug Dealer (3 episodes, 2009)
Ike Hamilton ... PC Trussler (3 episodes, 2009)
Garry Cooper ... Ruddock (3 episodes, 2008)

Matthew Macfadyen ... Joe Miller (3 episodes, 2009)

Warren Brown ... PO Paul Gibby (3 episodes, 2009)

Michael Cochrane ... Felix Crane (3 episodes, 2009)

Guy Henry ... Nick Holloway (3 episodes, 2009)
Bob Mercer ... Defendant (2 episodes, 2009)

Lindsay Duncan ... Alison Slaughter (2 episodes, 2008)

Charlie Creed-Miles ... Simon Ticehurst / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Seroca Davis ... Lizzie Smith (2 episodes, 2008)

David Annen ... Hugo Curry (2 episodes, 2008)
Grant Russell ... Dr. Callaghan (2 episodes, 2008)
Dominic Letts ... Charles Willis / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Clare Burt ... Nurse Hulme (2 episodes, 2008)
Toby Alexander ... Joe Fontaine (2 episodes, 2008)
Judy Norman ... Hart (2 episodes, 2008)

Jake Curran ... Bracewell (2 episodes, 2008)
Christian Roe ... John (2 episodes, 2009)
Luke de Woolfson ... Stuart Napier (2 episodes, 2008)

Uriel Emil ... Doctor (2 episodes, 2009)

Alan McKenna ... Sergeant Frank Cross (2 episodes, 2009)
Naomi Capron ... Court Usher (2 episodes, 2008)
Marie-France Alvarez ... Carmen (2 episodes, 2009)
Daniel Betts ... Prison Governor (2 episodes, 2009)
Keeley Forsyth ... Jane Grady (2 episodes, 2009)
Davood Ghadami ... Josh Hughes (2 episodes, 2009)
Helen Griffin ... Katherine (2 episodes, 2009)
Hugh Hayes ... Court Usher (2 episodes, 2009)
Jodie McNee ... Angela (2 episodes, 2009)
Helen Schlesinger ... Gillian Kent (2 episodes, 2009)
Marsali Stewart ... PO Sam Brewer (2 episodes, 2009)
Ony Uhiara ... Lola (2 episodes, 2009)
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Series Directed by
Otto Bathurst (3 episodes, 2008)
Yann Demange (3 episodes, 2009)
Luke Watson (2 episodes, 2008)
Marc Jobst (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Peter Moffat (10 episodes, 2008-2009)

Series Produced by
Hilary Salmon .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sue Smith .... line producer (5 episodes, 2008)
Pier Wilkie .... producer (5 episodes, 2008)
Steve Lightfoot .... producer (5 episodes, 2009)
Andrew Wood .... co-producer (5 episodes, 2009)
Carmel Maloney .... consulting producer (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Original Music by
John Lunn (5 episodes, 2008)
Dan Jones (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tat Radcliffe (5 episodes, 2009)
Eric Maddison (3 episodes, 2008)
Nicholas D. Knowland (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Sarah Brewerton (3 episodes, 2008)
Chris Wyatt (3 episodes, 2009)
St. John O'Rorke (2 episodes, 2008)
Ian Farr (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Casting by
Jennifer Duffy (5 episodes, 2008)
Catherine Willis (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Production Design by
Will Hughes-Jones (5 episodes, 2008)
Cristina Casali (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Art Direction by
Richard Bullock (5 episodes, 2008)
Astrid Sieben (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Sophie Newman (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Costume Design by
Claire Anderson (5 episodes, 2008)
Annie Symons (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Makeup Department
Karen Hartley .... hair designer / makeup designer (5 episodes, 2008)
Jemma Carballo .... hair stylist / makeup artist (5 episodes, 2009)
Marella Shearer .... makeup designer (5 episodes, 2009)
Juliette Tomes .... makeup supervisor / hair stylist supervisor / ... (5 episodes, 2009)
Hannah Khan .... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Holly Preston .... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist (2 episodes, 2009)

Victoria Bancroft .... prosthetic application (unknown episodes)
Chloe Fellerman .... makeup trainee (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Benjamin Bailey .... unit manager (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alex Lau .... unit manager (5 episodes, 2009)
Jessica Rundle .... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Chalstrey .... third assistant director (5 episodes, 2008)
Alana Hurd .... assistant director (5 episodes, 2008)
Chris Croucher .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2009)
Gemma Louise Read .... third assistant director (5 episodes, 2009)
Cordelia Hardy .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2009)
Deborah Bowser .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2008)
Rebecca Callas .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2008)
Nige Watson .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)

Joanna Crow .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Glyn Harper .... additional third assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Dorothy Sullivan .... assistant production buyer / art department assistant (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Peter Hallam .... property master (5 episodes, 2008)
Ian Murray .... stand-by rigger (5 episodes, 2008)
Nic Stubbings .... dressing propman (5 episodes, 2008)
Trine Taraldsvik .... art department assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Graham Ward .... stand-by art director (5 episodes, 2008)
Rachel Aulton .... stand-by art director (5 episodes, 2009)
Ben Bagley .... standby props (5 episodes, 2009)
Jane Gilchrist .... dressing props (5 episodes, 2009)
Antony Parnell .... dressing props (5 episodes, 2009)
Steve Register .... property master (5 episodes, 2009)
Will Smith .... graphic artist (5 episodes, 2009)
Darren Williams .... standby props / stand-by props (5 episodes, 2009)
Rob Anderson .... construction coordinator (4 episodes, 2009)
Andrew Smith .... stand-by carpenter (3 episodes, 2009)
Simon Reeves .... stand-by carpenter (2 episodes, 2009)
Dominee Reid .... art department assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Paul Batchelor .... sound editor (5 episodes, 2008)
Billy Quinn .... sound mixer (5 episodes, 2008)
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Oliver Bunker .... boom operator (5 episodes, 2009)
Nigel Heath .... sound re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 2009)
Rupert Ivey .... sound recordist (5 episodes, 2009)
Linda Murdoch .... dialogue editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Barnaby Smyth .... foley artist (5 episodes, 2009)
Jillian Speed .... sound assistant (5 episodes, 2009)
Sam Pullen .... sound assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
James Feltham .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 2009)
Keith Partridge .... foley engineer (4 episodes, 2009)
Nick Roberts .... adr mixer (4 episodes, 2009)
Steve Hudson .... dubbing mixer (3 episodes, 2008)
Antony Bayman .... adr mixer (3 episodes, 2009)
Zak Melemendjian .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2009)
Chris Graver .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 2008)
Charlotte Gray .... sound assistant (2 episodes, 2008)
Adam Armitage .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Nick Kray .... adr mixer (1 episode, 2008)
Will Whale .... boom operator (1 episode, 2008)

Richard Jay .... boom operator (unknown episodes, 2008)
Joanna Andrews .... sound assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... title designer / visual effects artist (5 episodes, 2008)
Mark Maltby .... conform editor: The Look (5 episodes, 2009)
Thomas Urbye .... colourist: The Look (5 episodes, 2009)
Alexis Haggar .... visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Stunts
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator (5 episodes, 2008)
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Attwood .... gaffer (5 episodes, 2008)
Tony Cardenas .... rigger (5 episodes, 2008)
Alex Golding .... second assistant camera (5 episodes, 2008)
David Wall .... electrician (5 episodes, 2008)
Bjørn Ståle Bratberg .... second camera operator (5 episodes, 2009)
Markk Faye .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 2009)
Matt Fisher .... camera operator / steadicam operator (5 episodes, 2009)
Chris Louca .... electrician (5 episodes, 2009)
Matilda Smith .... camera loader (5 episodes, 2009)
Tim Potter .... focus puller (4 episodes, 2009)
Kerry Brown .... still photographer (3 episodes, 2009)
Warwick Drucker .... grip (3 episodes, 2009)
Lawrence Duffy .... rigging gaffer (3 episodes, 2009)
Anthony Ward .... key grip (3 episodes, 2009)
Francis Annan .... second unit cameraman (2 episodes, 2008)
Adam Coles .... focus puller (2 episodes, 2008)
Jennie Paddon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (2 episodes, 2008)
Renee Willis .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 2008)
Ken Gammon .... rigger (2 episodes, 2009)
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... camera operator (1 episode, 2008)

Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes, 2008)
Christopher R. Nunn .... camera assistant: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Peter Anderson .... animation director: title sequence (5 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Casting Department
Tim Watson .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tommy Blunkell .... wardrobe assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Sarah Moore .... costume supervisor (5 episodes, 2009)
Joanne Mosley .... costume assistant (5 episodes, 2009)
Claire Mitchell .... stand-by costume (3 episodes, 2009)
Ray Greenhill .... stand-by costume (2 episodes, 2009)
Faith Thomas .... wardrobe mistress (1 episode, 2008)
 
Series Editorial Department
Gary Hewson .... on-line editor (5 episodes, 2008)
Mike Phillips .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2008)
Barry Moen .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Katy Bishop .... Producer PA (4 episodes, 2008)
Marsha Bramwell .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Music Department
Paul Golding .... music engineer / music recording engineer (5 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Transportation Department
Hefin Jones .... facilities driver (5 episodes, 2008)
George McKenzie .... transportation coordinator (5 episodes, 2008)
Lee Pellett .... unit driver (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
Antonia Gordon .... script editor (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Stephen Bradbury .... production accountant (5 episodes, 2008)
Dylan Davies .... unit medic (5 episodes, 2008)
Oliver Mason .... production secretary (5 episodes, 2008)
Darin McLeod .... assistant location manager (5 episodes, 2008)
Vivienne Neary .... script editor (5 episodes, 2008)
Peter Anderson Studio .... title designer: opening sequence (5 episodes, 2008)
Juliette Woodcock .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2008)
Mhairi Brennan .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2009)
Natalie Brown .... location manager (5 episodes, 2009)
Tony Carter .... key floor runner (5 episodes, 2009)
Jami Chan .... assistant production coordinator (5 episodes, 2009)
Cathie Davey .... publicist (5 episodes, 2009)
Rob Fuller .... picture publicist (5 episodes, 2009)
Erin Graham .... assistant production accountant (5 episodes, 2009)
Joanne Hemingway .... production accountant (5 episodes, 2009)
Neeral Patel .... production runner (5 episodes, 2009)
Richard Cookson .... assistant script editor (4 episodes, 2009)
Carmel Maloney .... production consultant (4 episodes, 2009)
Maggie Boyd .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2009)
Lucy Drake .... senior production accountant (3 episodes, 2009)
David Campbell-Bell .... assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2008)
Shay Hamias .... title designer (2 episodes, 2009)
Elaine Matthews .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
 

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
excellent miniseries - this review is for Part 1, 30 May 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

The reviews here are a bit confusing, as several of them seem to be reviewing Part 2, which in America, anyway, is not on Netflix as yet.

Part 1 concerns a young man, Ben Coulter (Ben Whishaw) who one night takes his dad's cab out in order to meet some friends. While the cab is stopped, a young woman named Melanie (Ruth Negga) gets in and wants to go to the seaside. Ben decides on a whim to take her. At the end of the evening, the two wind up at her place and have sex. The next morning, Ben wakes up in the kitchen. He goes upstairs, dresses, and tells Melanie he is going. Then he realizes she's dead and there's blood everywhere. Panicked, he rushes away, only to return to try to get rid of any sign that he was there. He's ultimately picked up, questioned, and later arrested for murder. Ben doesn't remember a darn thing about what happened.

This is a very good miniseries, a little too packed in the last episode, but an excellent indictment of not only the justice system but the prison system, as the frightened Ben endures abuse and bullying from seasoned prisoners. He soon learns that even the guards are run by one prisoner, Freddie Graham, a terrifying man who manages to get everyone in his debt and then forces payback.

Not that outside the prison, things are much better. Ben's father gets him high-prized solicitors who have no interest in Ben and just want to make a deal, and a barrister (Lindsay Duncan) who insists on a self-defense plea. Ben finally goes back to his original attorney, a public defender, a no-nonsense guy (Con O'Neill) who wants Ben to play the courtroom game but wants the truth as well.

Ben's plight and Whishaw's sensitive performance are more than enough to hold interest. What's best about Ben is how he matures from the first to the last episode. Fantastic work. There is one shot of him and Melanie, sitting on the other side of an amusement park, in the dark, looking at the brilliant lights from the rides, two young people, enjoying life with everything in front of them. It's quite sobering.

The rest of the acting is top-notch. Con O'Neill as Stone, the public defender, is wonderful as a streetwise solicitor with a husky voice and a big heart; Lindsay Duncan as a no-nonsense barrister who wants to cut to the chase; Pete Postlethwaite as Hooch, Ben's cell mate, a lifer who is there to protect Ben but has his own turmoil; and Bill Paterson as the gentle-speaking detective, Harry Box. That's only a few, but everyone is marvelous.

The last episode is almost done in shorthand, packing in a ton of information and referring to incidents rather than showing them. And you have to watch and listen closely, or you'll be asking 'what happened'. Pay close attention.

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