A junior barrister specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners.
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Series cast summary:
 Will Burton (3 episodes, 2013)
 Liam Foyle (3 episodes, 2013)
 Jamie Burton (3 episodes, 2013)
Brid Brennan ...
 Mary (3 episodes, 2013)
 Trevor Harris (3 episodes, 2013)
Roxanne Gregory ...
 Sandra Mullins (3 episodes, 2013)
 Kate Burton (3 episodes, 2013)
 Richard Mayfield, QC (3 episodes, 2013)
Roy Marsden ...
 Peter Simpkins (3 episodes, 2013)
 Maggie Gardner (3 episodes, 2013)
 Tara (3 episodes, 2013)
 George Balfour, QC (3 episodes, 2013)
 Judge (2 episodes, 2013)
 Jenny (2 episodes, 2013)
 Eileen Morris (2 episodes, 2013)
 Classroom Kid 1 / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
Faton Gerbeshi ...
 Vadim / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
Aaron Niles ...
 Alfie (2 episodes, 2013)
Jessica Ransom ...
 Helen (2 episodes, 2013)
 Gavin De Souza, QC (2 episodes, 2013)
 Danny Monk (2 episodes, 2013)


Revolves around Will Burton, a talented junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm who specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He is in high demand as he has never lost a case. But when his talents acquit the notorious prime suspect in an horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results, not to mention a shocking twist in the tale. Written by BBC

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Drama | Thriller





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2013 (UK)  »

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(3 parts)


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1.78 : 1
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Law makers and law breakers
19 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This BBC mini-series was short on credibility but pretty long on tension and suspense, helped by convincing acting and pacey direction. David Tennent, who appears to be everywhere on TV at the moment, is a hot-shot young city barrister who gets a sadistic murderer off on a technicality, but who by snubbing him after the trial wreaks a terrible fate for his family. Although an eye-witness to the horrific crime perpetrated on his wife in their holiday cottage, Tennent finds himself the biter-bit as the perpetrator turns to his chief rival in the "Young Lawyer of The Year" stakes, Sophie Okinedo, who also appears to be everywhere on TV at the moment, as his defence solicitor, her character's detachment and ambition now ironically reflecting Tennent's own character earlier.

Like I said, the plot was unbelievable but once you cottoned onto this and surrendered to it as a sort of UK-based John Grisham entertainment, it was an engaging enough production. The acting helped to paper over the plot holes, Tennent as the high-flier brought to earth with a crash, Toby Kebbell as the clinical but devious psychopath Liam Foyle and Okinedo as Tennent's young legal rival, her ambition clouding her judgement in taking on the case of such a brutal killer.

Spread over three nights you could see the padding and as I indicated earlier the sensationalist story-line probably belonged more in a Stateside rather than London-based setting, over the top final confrontation and all.

I personally prefer my thriller dramas when they're a bit more grounded in reality but as escapist nonsense I suppose it just about justified three hours of my time.

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