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The Escape Artist 

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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 ...  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 ...  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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Release Date:

2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Did You Know?


David Tennant and Sophie Okonedo were both in Doctor Who. Sophie as Liz Ten and David as the Tenth Doctor. See more »


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

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Flawed but compelling
3 July 2014 | by craig-wSee all my reviews

As others have pointed out, there are irritating problems with logic throughout the story. But I found the show clearly worth viewing - because the dialog was great, the premise was a good one, the acting and directing were outstanding, I cared about the characters, and the ending was satisfying.

The writing of a screenplay has a number of important components, and not every good writer is a master of all. David Wolstencroft was the author, and his dialog is very good, his character development excellent, the basic scenario good, his plot creativity good, his resolution of the story rather brilliant. His one fault, as I see it - and it's a big one for me - is believability. In order to advance his story, he resorts to plot twists that defy logic, and characters who act stupidly and have emotions that don't fit - and he does it over and over. A serious failing. I've often thought that every screenplay that wants to be considered as serious art should go through a logic evaluation process before screening.

Still, it was a riveting series, and I couldn't wait to see how it would turn out. I worried about some of the characters, the villain was memorable, and I loved the ending; it was so clever that a little implausibility there didn't ruin it for me.

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