Fearless (2017)
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Could child murderer Kevin Russell be innocent? Lawyer Emma Banville is going to find out. What will her investigations uncover? Could there be some conspiracy in play? Or is he guilty after all?


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Episode credited cast:
Helen McCrory ... Emma Banville
Wunmi Mosaku ... Olivia Greenwood
Jonathan Forbes ... Dominic Truelove
Sam Swainsbury ... Kevin Russell
John Bishop ... Steve Livesey
Jack Shepherd ... Arthur Banville
Kika Markham ... Eleanor Banville
Rick Warden ... Charlie Simms
Alec Newman ... Tony Pullings
Rebecca Callard ... Annie Peterson
Allan Corduner ... Monty Berman
Jemima Rooper ... Maggie Berman
Robin Weigert ... Heather Myles
Michael Gambon ... Sir Alastair McKinnon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eve Austin ... Linda Simms


Fourteen years ago 23 year old Kevin Russell was imprisoned for killing school-girl Linda Simms. His girlfriend Annie believes his confession was forced from him by DI Olivia Greenwood and asks maverick lawyer Emma Banville to take up his case. Emma is also sheltering Miriam Attar, wife of Yusuf, a doctor working in Syria, which makes her a target for the security forces. From transcripts of the original interviews Emma believes Greenwood totally led the confused Kevin and with her young assistant Dominic finds anomalies at the crime scene but is harassed by Linda's family and the gutter press - which jeopardizes the chances of Emma and partner Steve adopting. Emma's appeal is partially successful, declaring the conviction unsafe and bailing Kevin for a retrial. This makes Emma enemies in high places on both sides of the Atlantic. Written by don @ minifie-1

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12 June 2017 (UK) See more »

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Episode 1
15 June 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Emma Banville (Helen McCrory) is a passionate and fearless human rights lawyer investigating miscarriages of justice and gets persecuted by the tabloids for setting the um, wrong man free.

Banville is such as do-gooder she has a Syrian refugee staying in her house. She is also tracked by the counter surveillance agency round the clock because one of her client is a suspected terrorist, not uncommon to have such clients if you are a human rights lawyer.

She has been bought in to investigate the unsafe conviction of Kevin Russell who has served 14 years for the murder of schoolgirl. As quick as a flash and some tapping heard in a police interview tape she has the conviction quashed and a retrial ordered. Michael Gambon makes an appearance at the end as a man riled by this and he phones a CIA agent.

A breezy first episode but also some clunky writing. I was bothered why the schoolgirl's family would threaten Banville, what if the police did get the wrong person?

Banville also seems to be haunted by some dark family secrets as we have scenes of her ill father. Writer Patrick Harbinson who has written for Homeland and 24, is aiming to make some kind of paranoid conspiracy thriller, this generation's Edge of Darkness, maybe.

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