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Silk - Series 2 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007EAFTXW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,305 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As Martha (Maxine Peake) steps up to become a QC, Shoe Lane Chambers once again becomes the focus for drama and intrigue on the front line of criminal law…

Martha Costello is incredibly young to have got silk, she is a brilliant and passionate barrister but now the stakes are higher than ever. Tensions are also running high in the chambers, with the still ambitious Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones) having to deal with his failure to become a QC, and Billy Lamb under pressure to keep the chambers afloat.

As Martha finds an ambiguous ally in Caroline Warwick, a 50-something, sharp as a stiletto QC, and Clive develops a fascination for a very beautiful and principled solicitor; passion, jealousy and ambition take hold both in and out of the courtroom.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Peter Moffat's creative abilities and script writing make these 6 one hour episodes enthralling. Each stands alone but the thread of continuity flows through in a subtle way. The scripts and characters are superb. There has been some criticism that the series (1&2) lack authenticity, even from within the profession. As a medical professional I could easily pick holes in casualty, ER, Holby city. The outcome is that this is entertainment. Documentaries are available. The silk shows the hard work and dilemmas of working in Chambers. Maxine Peake (Martha Costello) uses the phrase 'Innocent until proved guilty', as a motivator. Defending people she knows are guilty is part of her job.

The series is built on the chambers. Clive Reader (Rupert-Perry Jones) has accepted his loss to Martha in search of silk and they remain friendly rivals. Francis Barber (Caroline Warwick QC) known as Lady Macbeth adds to the series. What a girl. Her pop bottles are full of additives! The six episodes cover a multitude of crime involving Martha. From defending a notorious criminal, Brendan Foster, in episode 1, through mutilations and torturous murder, defending court-martial defendants, copping out on arrogant Oxford boys, losing out on Caribbean death row defence, and finally episode six. This is the one. It brings out Martha's hatred of Jody Farr, an arrogant, ruthless, sadistic drug-supplier who she had encountered in a particularly grotesque case earlier. The opening interview put the wind up me, yet she has to defend him for compelling reasons. The brilliant encounters with Billy (chief clerk in the chambers) a bobbing and weaving man who brings in the briefs versus the loathsome Micky Joy ( brilliantly played by Phil Davis).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2013
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I became a quick fan of the BBC series 'Silk' season one shown on the US PBS. The series takes us into the courtrooms of the UK, quite unlike ours in the US. I was quite excited to receive 'Silk' Season 2 from Amazon UK.

Maxine Peake plays QC Martha Costello and Rupert Penry-Jones plays Clive Reader, the two very competitive barristers in their chambers. These two actors are the epitome of what makes a good series great. Martha has just taken silk, which means she has graduated to Queen's Counsel and gets to wear a better wig and robe. Martha is an idealist and will do what it rakes to make justice reign. In this series she shows a great deal of emotion, learns that she can't always stay on the tried and true track, but she also brings out the best in everyone. Clive did not receive his silk because he had an affair with one of his 'pupils', a student. Billy played by Neil Stuke, is the clerk of the chambers, and we can see that he and Martha are professionals, but have great affection for each other. Billy tolerates Clive because he can bring in a great deal of money to their chambers. But Billy does not suffer fools gladly.

Silk takes place in the chambers and courtroom. Very exciting cases , and we get to meet a new barrister, Caroline Warwick, played by Frances Barber. She very much wants to be part of their chambers, and takes us through several courtroom surprises. Martha has someone to talk to and there is the introduction of a new pupil who is supposed to be Clives but becomes more helpful to Martha. Billy has some serious issues to attend to, and unrest is surrounding the gates.

'Silk' series two is a great addition. I think I liked it more than season one. The characters are known and become more real. We learn a little more about their private life. Martha is still single, and Clive seems to have a new lady love. Looking forward to season three.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 10-05-13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Coote on 13 Jan 2013
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Series two is just as good if not better than the first series. A great set of characters and plot lines. Maxine Peak as ever shines...we need to see her in more. Hope to see Silk 3 in the not too distant future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MTD on 6 Nov 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed all the series of SILK. The individual story lines are gripping and wonderfully acted. I can't get enough. Maxine Peake is brilliant in this role and so clever and caring to those around her including her client.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Libby6 on 6 Aug 2012
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Bought this as my husband missed some of this and he could watch it at his leisure.
It was good to see it again.
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Series 2 is almost as good as the first series except for 2 things:

- The two trainees seem to have been written out with no mention, yet in my opinion they were 2 of the best characters
- The chief clerk Billy is dodgy to the point of losing not being believable. His character is played very well, though.

Apart from that, it's an excellent successor to the first series, with the parts of Martha and (especially) Clive being acted brilliantly.

If you like Silk, you'll probably like Whitechapel too, not least of all because of the overlap in cast members.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dunmill on 10 Nov 2012
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This Drama series is exceptional,well written,well acted, the closest to real barristers and chambers life I have seen, ever. Each episode is as exciting as the previous one. I hope there is a new series in the offing.
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By Ms NA Collins on 14 July 2014
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Great item & price!
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