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The Escape Artist 

A junior barrister celebrated for spiriting people out of tight legal corners represents an accused murderer.

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Series cast summary:
David Tennant ...  Will Burton 3 episodes, 2013
Toby Kebbell ...  Liam Foyle 3 episodes, 2013
Sophie Okonedo ...  Maggie Gardner 3 episodes, 2013
Ashley Jensen ...  Kate Burton 3 episodes, 2013
Brid Brennan ...  Mary 3 episodes, 2013
Tony Gardner ...  Trevor Harris 3 episodes, 2013
Anton Lesser ...  Richard Mayfield, QC / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ...  Peter Simpkins / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Stephen Wight ...  Danny Monk 3 episodes, 2013
Gus Barry Gus Barry ...  Jamie Burton 3 episodes, 2013
Nicholas Woodeson ...  George Balfour, QC / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Jeany Spark ...  Tara 3 episodes, 2013
Kate Dickie ...  Jenny 2 episodes, 2013
Patrick Ryecart ...  Gavin De Souza QC / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Jessica Ransom Jessica Ransom ...  Helen 2 episodes, 2013
Faton Gerbeshi Faton Gerbeshi ...  Vadim / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Michael Cochrane ...  Judge 2 episodes, 2013
Monica Dolan ...  Eileen Morris 2 episodes, 2013
Robert A. Foster Robert A. Foster ...  Classroom Kid 1 / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Roxanne Gregory Roxanne Gregory ...  Sandra Mullins 2 episodes, 2013
Aaron Niles Aaron Niles ...  Alfie 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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Even serial killers deserve a defense. See more »


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Release Date:

2013 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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(3 parts)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Michael Cochrane appeared in the Peter Davison Doctor Who episode "Black Orchid" See more »


Remade as La main du mal (2016) See more »

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Not bad, but not among the BBC´s finest
22 November 2018 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

BBC Crime has always been a certain sign of quality - I have never discontinued any of their series because of disturbing implausibility or something. On the other hand, as so many similar works are created monthly, it is evident that not all can be up to par or they just do not bespeak you as much.

The Escape Artist is such a series where the share of court events and dramatics sometimes tend to overshadow the thrill and the urge to find out what was really the case. David Tennant as Will Burton, Sophie Okonedo as Maggie Gardner, Toby Kebbell as Liam Foyle are more than good, but often the aridity of scenes with-around them does not bring the suspense along as it could be. Still, the logic of events remains and some steps odd at first obtain the satisfactory solution and motivation later on. Bearing in mind Burton´s profession, the final outcome is logical as well.

Thus, the performances excel the script decidedly, but 3 episodes only let you dig yourself not in too big redundancy or have blah! feelings. Watch it, ponder a bit and then find other works where the stars of this series perform :)

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