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Martin's Close (2019)

John Martin is on trial for his life. Facing him, the infamous 'hanging judge', George Jeffreys. But this is not a cut-and-dried murder case, because the innocent young girl Martin is accused of killing has been seen after her death

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Mark Gatiss

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Mark Gatiss, M.R. James (story)
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Cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... Dolben
Elliot Levey ... Judge Jeffreys
Wilf Scolding ... John Martin
Sara Crowe ... Sarah Arscott
James Holmes James Holmes ... Thomas Snell
Jessica Temple ... Ann Clark
Simon Williams ... Stanton
Fisayo Akinade ... William
Ian Hallard ... Hosier
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John Martin is on trial for his life. Facing him, the infamous 'hanging judge', George Jeffreys. But this is not a cut-and-dried murder case, because the innocent young girl Martin is accused of killing has been seen after her death

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24 December 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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It let's the side down
7 January 2020 | by glennhydeSee all my reviews

I don't often post my views on IMDB because I know how difficult it is to make a halfway decent drama. This one is so strangely bad that I feel I have to flag it up. It's so dud that it has the feel of a student movie and apart from the performances of Peter Capaldi and Sara Crowe there's a distinctly amateurish air throughout (Simon Williams is good but wasted as the unnecessary modern commentator). Any courtroom drama should have plenty of coverage plus a few unique angles to give the editor (and the audience) a sporting chance of a stimulating ride. In this case there's far too much in close up - you could be watching Eastenders for goodness sake! The real curse is the script which has its own spoilers built-in, no surprises anywhere and, crucially for a ghost/horror story, none at the end. That such a remarkably bad production has Mark Gatiss's name on it is plain weird. There is so much brilliant drama on British TV (often written by Moffat & Gatiss) that this is definitely an oddball orphan. Over the years the BBC has made several half-hearted attempts at Christmas ghost stories. Even the better ones seem to lack conviction, 'going through the motions' almost. Come on BBC, it a great genre, give us a cracker for 2021!


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