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North Square 

A closed legal world steeped in tradition.


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Series cast summary:
Phil Davis ...  Peter McLeish 10 episodes, 2000
Kevin McKidd ...  Billy Guthrie 10 episodes, 2000
James Midgley ...  Bob / ... 10 episodes, 2000
Rupert Penry-Jones ...  Alex Hay 10 episodes, 2000
Dominic Rowan ...  Tom Mitford 10 episodes, 2000
James Murray ...  Johnny Boy 10 episodes, 2000
Helen McCrory ...  Rose Fitzgerald 10 episodes, 2000
Kim Vithana ...  Wendy de Souza 10 episodes, 2000
Ruth Millar Ruth Millar ...  Morag Black 10 episodes, 2000
Victoria Smurfit ...  Helen Ferryhough 10 episodes, 2000
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ...  Stevie Goode 8 episodes, 2000
Tony Monroe ...  Michael Marlowe 8 episodes, 2000
Murray Head ...  Judge Martin Bould 8 episodes, 2000
Robert Mountford ...  Hussein Ali 7 episodes, 2000
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ...  Leo Wilson / ... 6 episodes, 2000


Barristers. They are young, educated, soft on the inside, hard where it counts. Don t let the wigs fool you, when you stand alone in court, when your life is on the line, these are the people you want between you and the jury. The North Square chambers are finding their feet, fighting for a large piece of the criminal justice business in Leeds. Working for his barristers or maybe the other way around is their manipulative chief clerk. Ruthless, obsessive, with a razor sharp mind and a cosh-like sensibility, Peter McLeish loves the business and the business loves him. Written by Anonymous

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18 October 2000 (UK) See more »

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Superb But Ignored
12 August 2009 | by GrahamEnglandSee all my reviews

Having just watched the 1st episode on 4oD, I am reminded just how superb this show was (and anything using a track from The Clash as a theme tune gets my vote!)

Far too many legal dramas on TV, yet this stand out got the chop, but I also recall Channel 4 not really hyping it much at the time either. In this respect it was like BBC's 'Bodies', in a TV world massively over saturated with medical dramas, this was a major stand out too, albeit uncompromising. But at least that got a 2nd series and a full length finale. (Like another soon axed work of art, the comedy on BBC3 'Pulling').

I guess it's demographics, they'll hype up the pandering, lowest common denominator 'reality' dreck knowing they'll get a decent enough audience however bad it is. The good stuff all too often has not only fight to get made, but also fight to get promoted.

For some reason, until I saw it again, I had it in my head that North Square was made around 1990, within minutes the mobile phones and Apple Macs in the show reminded me otherwise. This is I think, maybe a reflection of how not only was it axed after 10 episodes, but I don't recall it even being repeated or released on DVD either.

However I do recall newspaper articles citing North Square as an example of excellence that cost cutting budgets could not sustain, or rather Ch4 would rather spend money on lame imports and Big Brother.

It all started to go wrong for Ch4 when the TV expert that was the Pizza Hut CEO took over the channel.

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