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The Jury [DVD]

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  • Actors: Julie Walters, Stephen Mackintosh, Jodhi May, Roger Allam, Ronald Pickup
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GDULRS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by Peter Morgan (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen), The Jury is a compelling, character based drama series which focuses on the everyday people who find themselves at the centre of one of the most controversial criminal re-trials of their time.

Focusing on the retrial of a man sentenced for the murder of three women--all killed following internet dates. A key piece of evidence was deliberately ignored by the CPS, possibly because the police were under pressure for a quick conviction and blackmail was being used over a senior person involved with the investigation who was having an affair. Ultimately, we will see the man acquitted but it will be an "imperfect, messy, human triumph for the jury by acquitting the man".

Gripping, dark and emotionally charged as jurors are forced to face their prejudices as they come to grips with the complexities and unwanted attention of being a key player in such a high profile Old Bailey trial.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MaggieC on 3 May 2014
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This excellent cast and very promising start, indicating the benefit of a jury system which can bring together so many different people to decide on a case, did not deliver in the end because the story lines petered out into something predictable and pedestrian. It's quite long and, as a result, only worth watching if you have nothing better to do. Even Julie Walters' character seemed wooden at times, and nothing she could do with the lines given to her could redeem it. Perhaps it tried to deal with too many issues, because it ended up pursuing none in a satisfactory way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Burgin on 30 Aug. 2013
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A bunch of odd characters thrown together on a jury and they all have a chance to stand out. Julie Walters is strong and I don't mind her playing herself...again. A good story at a good price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rigg on 15 Aug. 2013
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This courtroom drama totally held my attention. The plotline was clever, the casting and acting superb and above all, the writing was excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Brecher on 1 Mar. 2015
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You don't expect courtroom dramas to be realistic, and in that respect this one doesn't disappoint. Realism and plausibility are in particularly short supply in 'The Jury'. Among its lowlights: The kid with Asperger's who looks like he should be preparing for his GCSEs, not sitting on a jury. The woman with the mysterious agenda who effortlessly obtains a seat in the gallery for every session of what is supposedly a high-profile trial, when, in reality, she'd be lucky to get in for half a day. A defence barrister (Walters) who routinely meets with her client alone--perhaps the budget didn't stretch to an extra pretending to be a solicitor--and gives an opening so lame--it can only serve to antagonise the jury--that most clients would have dumped her before she sat down. Barely a single admissable question asked by either counsel, who seem to prefer speechifying, waxing sarcastic and leading the witnesses. A judge who rarely bestirs himself to remind them that this is supposed to be a trial, not an audition for Gilbert and Sullivan. A prosecutor (Allam) who makes a slew of unsupported assertions that Walters is either too gracious or distracted or just plain inept to challenge. A script that can't make up its mind whether it is proselytizing in favour of jury trials or pointing out that jurors often behave so irresponsibly they risk causing a mistrial and ending up in the nick themselves.

At this point, minor spoiler alert! Just when you're wondering what possessed the Crown to retry this case, Allam freely admits that 'we never really had anything on' the accused, which suggests his dishonour in taking the case and gross dereliction of duty on the part of the CPS.

For all that, this 'The Jury' (not to be confused with its far better predecessor series) is mildly diverting, thanks to an ensemble that works wonders with a script that doesn't deserve the cast or the wonders. Unlike the judge, you probably won't fall asleep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert BUCKNOR on 12 Feb. 2015
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As usual with this writer, he is good at addressing political issues but poor at dealing with character - almost as if he thinks politics has nothing to do with who people are.

The attempt to abolish trial-by-jury (to increase conviction rates) comes down to little more than greedy police officers and obnoxious politicians caring more about criminal convictions than actual guilt - with no attendant analysis as to the real reasons the UK police service has such a currently-low crime detection rate (29%).

The White characters are little more than cyphers who (like the drama itself) possess no self-understanding - while People of Color are merely chocolate-colored Whites. (As males cannot write convincing non-male characters, Whites cannot write convincing non-White ones.)

The emotional repression of Whites (which produces such writing) is only hinted at here, when it should be the main event. In a culture-of-loneliness, where it can be so hard to find soul-mates that Exhibitionism is practiced alongside on-line dating in providing the solace of a good shag, the writing never explores this as an upfront issue - nor does it suggest solutions.

Such cultural inadequacy is not fruitfully explored here such that, as the prosecution case lacks unambiguous evidence of guilt, so the case made by the drama (British Justice is a political tool of the vindictive & that not all Whites are hysterical fools) lacks the detail necessary to convince.

Lacking an intact humanity, Whites continue producing psychologically-unintegrated and cowardly drama like this. Still, the first-rate acting holds the interest - along with the desperate desire to know what the jury’s verdict will be and whether the jury’s verdict is correct.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Wareing on 11 Nov. 2011
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The series 'The Jury' is a drama about the members of a jury of a triple murder trial. It shows their experience of being a member of the jury from the moment when they received the letter to when the foreman calls out the verdict. Some of the jury members include a boy with asbergers syndrome, a teacher and a man who wishes to become a U.S citizen.

I really enjoyed this series as it provides a refreshing approach to the usual trial dramas where only the barristers and the case are followed. Although it does not show every single member of the jury in the same detail, you still find out lots about the individuals whilst following in the mornings and during their lunch breaks.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone wishing to watch a good drama.
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