Silk (2011– )

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A six-part series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk.

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 Martha Costello / ... (18 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Clive Reader / ... (18 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Jake Milner / ... (18 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Alan Cowdrey QC / ... (13 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Caroline Warwick, QC / ... (12 episodes, 2012-2014)
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A six-part series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk.

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After Maxine Peake landed the role of Barrister Martha Costello, she went to Manchester Crown Court (UK) as a casual observer to gain some insight into general courtroom procedures and activities. See more »

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Involving courtroom drama, more John Le Carré than Grisham…
3 February 2014 | by (UWS, NYC, USA) – See all my reviews

Rumpole fans already know the drill—solicitors (though we don't seem much of them) deal with the clients and prepare a brief, barristers plead the case in court, either for the defense or the prosecution, and a small platoon of clerks take care of the business side. Experienced barristers who make the right moves can hope to "take silk," or be appointed to the privileged caste of Queen's Counsel (more prestigious cases, better money, even a bigger wig). Maxine Peake is refreshingly unglamorous, with her crunchy Northern accent, and projects a wonderful intensity as one such barrister; Rupert Penry-Jones is well matched as a cynical, corner-cutting rival. This series does office politics extremely well; the first time we watched, I was blown away by a couple of brilliant scenes in which Neil Stuke, as Billy, the hardnosed senior clerk, fights off a coup attempt and turns one of his big earners who's trying to defect. Apart from the climactic murder trial, court cases are a lot less flashy than you'd find in a show like "The Good Wife," but story lines are brisk, engaging, sometime surprising (Colombian drug mule explains why she's better off in prison); interesting that in the UK it's a criminal offense to own (or be) a pitbull. Supporting honors go to Natalie Dormer as a "spoony" (born with a silver one in her mouth, i.e.) pupil, Tom Hughes as a not-so-spoony pupil and Nina Sosanya as a mutinous junior barrister. Here's hoping that the next few seasons will turn up before long on PBS and eventually on Netflix.


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