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Created by Jimmy McGovern, each episode of this series examines a person who is accused of a crime and what led them to end up in the Dock.

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Series cast summary:
Michael Maloney ...  Judge 4 episodes, 2012
Andrew Readman ...  Prosecuting Barrister / ... 4 episodes, 2010-2012
Chord Melodic Chord Melodic ...  Clerk of Court / ... 4 episodes, 2010-2012
Rosina Carbone Rosina Carbone ...  Defence Barrister / ... 3 episodes, 2010-2012
Robert Sheehan ...  Stephen Cartwright 2 episodes, 2012
John Bishop ...  Peter Cartwright 2 episodes, 2012
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ...  Jake Murray 2 episodes, 2012
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This anthology series written by Jimmy McGovern follows various characters as they await a verdict on their trial and reflect on how they came to be accused. Each of the episodes follows a different central character, with Christopher Eccleston, Benjamin Smith, Juliet Stevenson, Olivia Colman, Sean Bean, Sheridan Smith and Anne-Marie Duff among the actors to step into the dock. Written by allison2099

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10 crimes, 10 lives hanging in the balance.

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Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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UK

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English

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15 November 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Accused - Eine Frage der Schuld See more »

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Christopher Eccleston was in another Jimmy McGovern series, Cracker (1993). See more »

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Featured in The One Show: Episode #7.125 (2012) See more »

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Worthwhile, intelligently written, solidly directed television
7 June 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A 10 episode limited anthology UK series. Each 1 hour story starts with someone being taken from a holding cell into a courtroom, where they will stand trial. Then we flashback into the story of what led them there, all building up to a final verdict in court.

The most consistent strength of the series are the excellent performances. Christopher Eccleston, Sean Bean, Olivia Coleman, Juliet Stevenson are just a few of the top flight actors doing powerful, subtle and complex work.

The stories themselves are somewhat variable. A couple feel too on the nose, or heavy handed in their themes. But most are at least quite good, and a few are flat out terrific – morally complicated, surprising, tense.

They are also mostly quite grim. Even the few episodes with 'happy' endings still leave characters dealing with loss, broken families, damaged souls. As in real life, a 'not guilty' verdict doesn't simply put all the broken pieces of a life back together again. Because of that consistently dark, sad tone, this series doesn't cry out for binge watching. That would risk sending one out the window But this is worthwhile, intelligently written, solidly directed television, and well worth a look.


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