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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Rupert Penry-Jones claimed to dislike the lawyer robes and wig, claiming "You look a bit of a knob in the gown". See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #15.35 (2011) 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 see 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 hard-nosed 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 GoT's 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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