This week ABC1 screens a 6 part UK drama about barristers competing to attain the rank of Queen’s Counsel.
It stars Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones. Written by British playwright and screenwriter Peter Moffat (Kavanagh QC, North Square, Criminal Justice) and has been renewed for a second season.
I found this to be a well-acted and entertaining first episode, led by Maxine Peake.
If you’re into legal dramas I’d certainly check this one out…
A classy British legal drama follows the rivalry, tension and intrigue on the front line of criminal law where passionate barrister Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) has a reputation for defending the poor and downtrodden.
Martha is about to take silk, that is, become a Queen’s Counsel, and if she’s successful, she’ll be considered one of the top barristers in her field.
But she is not the only one in her chambers applying. The charming, ruthless and gifted Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones) is also in the running and it is unlikely both would be successful.
Fresh from a successful defence for murder, Martha is immediately thrown two last-minute cases by practice clerk Billy (Neil Stuke). Martha stays up all night preparing the cases – an aggravated burglary and a drug mule (co-defending with Clive).
Clive takes advantage of her lack of thorough case preparation and the judge passes heavy sentence on her client and a lighter one on Clive’s client, who is clearly more guilty.
Both are keen to make an impression before the judge who is on the panel referring for Silk.
Begins 8:30pm Thursday on ABC1.