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 QC / ... (18 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Clive Reader / ... (18 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Billy Lamb / ... (18 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Jake Milner (18 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 John Bright / ... (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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 Bethany Brassington (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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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 27 July 2011 (2011) See more »

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Outstanding production, real issues
26 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This show does not disappoint. It is so well done that you might forget you're watching a TV drama not real life events. The characters are believable, powerfully drawn, but the undeniable star of the show is Maxine Peake - her performance just superb! As Martha Costello she is everything that you'd imagine a superior barrister to be. Can't get enough of her credible acting to be honest. The rest of the cast deserves a praise too because it is thanks to them that this BBC drama is so uniquely authentic. Filmed in London (I think), it depicts daily life at Shoe Lane chambers and the work of British barristers, clerks and solicitors. I am professionally interested in law and find it hard to point out any flaws in how "Silk" presents the legal crowd in London. I do see a difference between an American show of this kind and a British one. The former tends to be focused on achievements, career and quirks of personality and the latter...hmmm...basically on the job, meaning you get a believable picture of the life at the chambers. If you're into this sort of thing just see for yourself, you won't be disappointed.


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