A junior barrister specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners.
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Series cast summary:
...  Will Burton 3 episodes, 2013
...  Liam Foyle 3 episodes, 2013
...  Maggie Gardner 3 episodes, 2013
...  Kate Burton 3 episodes, 2013
Brid Brennan ...  Mary 3 episodes, 2013
...  Trevor Harris 3 episodes, 2013
...  Richard Mayfield, QC / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Roy Marsden ...  Peter Simpkins / ... 3 episodes, 2013
...  Danny Monk 3 episodes, 2013
Gus Barry ...  Jamie Burton 3 episodes, 2013
...  George Balfour, QC / ... 3 episodes, 2013
...  Tara 3 episodes, 2013
...  Jenny 2 episodes, 2013
...  Gavin De Souza QC / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Jessica Ransom ...  Helen 2 episodes, 2013
Faton Gerbeshi ...  Vadim / ... 2 episodes, 2013
...  Judge 2 episodes, 2013
...  Eileen Morris 2 episodes, 2013
Robert A. Foster ...  Classroom Kid 1 / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Roxanne Gregory ...  Sandra Mullins 2 episodes, 2013
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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2013 (UK)  »

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(3 parts)


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1.78 : 1
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preposterous but entertaining nonetheless
23 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

David Tennant is a talented barrister whose big win comes back to haunt him in "The Escape Artist," from 2013. Lots of negative comments here on IMDb.

Will has to defend Liam Foyle in a horrific murder case. It seems fairly clear that he's guilty, but Will manages to get him acquitted. The next thing he knows, Foyle has filed a complaint against Will. And here's where the problems with the script begin. Motivations throughout are simply not clear, and I guess we're supposed to assume that because this guy is a sociopath, he does things for the hell of it.

And for the hell of it, he's out to get his defense barrister. His next move is more heinous, and this time, Will sees him when he looks out the window. This time, though, another barrister takes his case, and Will feels what it's like on the other side.

There were criticisms on this board about the way British court procedure was portrayed. Naturally we here in America don't know much about that. What we do know is how odd the U.S. courts can be, so nothing surprises us. I watch a lot of true crime and have seen innocent people sitting on death row for 16 years, an abusive husband given joint custody of his children with his wife (he winds up nearly killing her) - etc.

British courts aside, this is an unbelievable story that is nevertheless engrossing and has a neat, if preposterous, twist at the end. I enjoyed the acting overall as well. The script could have used a little more work in finding stronger motivations. I would guess that the writer had an incredible idea for a denouement and filled in the rest, but not very carefully.

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