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Silk - Series 1 [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2012
Silk - Series 1 [DVD] Real to the core. I used to work in Chambers for a few years and I can't think of one character that isn't depicted in such a vibrant and altogether exciting pot of plots and very few if any calumny of facts and experiences. A well written and acutely directed and photographed show.
Series two is even better.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2011
This is a nicely nuanced show, extremely well acted, and convincing overall. Rupert Penry-Jones is just perfect as the supercilious, somewhat patronizing "blue blood" barrister who nevertheless admires his plucky "red brick" rival, equally well played by Maxine Peake. I'm not quite sure if any one of the excellent cast steals the show, but Neil Stuke as the clerk of chambers is certainly well in the running.
It's very much of an ensemble production, where the characters are every bit as important as the cases, if not more so. In fact, the cases themselves are not that remarkable, so that it's the personal character traits that drive the series forward. I could have done without the rather ridiculous housebreaker intruding into the proceedings with his absurdly exaggerated fixed grimace, but then that's a minor quibble.
Overall, the setup feels very convincing, and the now clichéd portrayal of the gentlemanly world of barristers has been well toned down to reflect the modern world. Not a masterpiece, but a very refreshing and enjoyable offering. Hopefully there will be more to come.
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72 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2011
How much did I want not to enjoy this, since I am in the business? A huge amount. And how much did I actually enjoy it? About as much. What you mustn't do is take it as gospel or anything like it. Yes, there are quite a lot of little bits of reality (falling asleep over files was one that got me, and the clerks' mantra about never turning down work) but certainly even allowing for the practitioners being in a different area of law a lot of it seems to me to be WAY off beam. In terms of sexism, level playing field for those who do not have family members in the job and equal opportunities generally the programme suggests to me that the writer may have been out of touch for 20 years or so. But of course it makes for much better drama. So too does the fairly terrible cross-examination - have the writers never heard of the basic principle: "dont ask a question to which you don't know the answer"? But again - it is more fun the way they do it - and it provides great illuatrations of the hideous things which can happen if you don't prepare properly. They have also caught the tacit competition between different barristers nicely - but seem to have completely missed the friendship element - no-one seems to have any close friends in chambers - which is not real at all! And I think (I really believe) that the ethical side of it is way, way from the truth. Generally well acted - and I thought Maxine Peake conveyed the stress and exhaustion pretty well. She could have done with bigger bags under her eyes though...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2011
An interesting barrister/courtroom drama - the interaction and back stabbing from the lawyers was believable and the cases that came to court were dramatic and intriguing. However, it only gets three stars from me because it was predictable. It doesn't take more than one guess to come up with who was going to make silk at the end of the series.
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on 24 April 2012
I'm having a bit of a legal/courtroom drama splurge at the moment and stumbled across Silk for about a fiver. I knew Maxine Peake to be a wonderful actress so I thought I'd give it a go.

It's an easy watch - perhaps more simplistic than its creators intended. The acting is of a good standard all round but some of the characters are a bit one-dimensional. I think I would have preferred if they had made the episodes longer - an hour and a half like Wallander - and been able to give the plots a bit more time to develop and the chance to put a bit of flesh on the bones of the stories.

I'm sure it's not a completely accurate representation of the business of law, and I think Maxine Peake's talents are slightly wasted on a series which could be brilliant. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable watch and I'll probably stick the next series on the Sky+ when it's on.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2011
Fantastic! The best drama to come from the BBC in a long time, and a second series will be soon to follow! The fantastic Maxine Peake stars as Martha Costello who is hoping to become a member of the Queens Counsel - taking silk. The series also stars Rupert Penry-Jones her plays her bitter rival. Each episode revolves around a gripping court case. Written by Peter Moffat the storylines are believable and keep you gripped throughout. Maxine Peake deserves much much more recognition after this brilliant performance.
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This series is yet to be viewed in Australia (if ever) and I bought it on the strength of the reviews.
It turned out to be everything one could hope for in a TV mini series. Brilliantly scripted and produced plus the artistry of
all the actors involved made for something really special. Even the smaller parts were done with such conviction by
those involved. Penny Downie who appeared in the 6th episode was a case in point.
I've run out of superlatives when it comes for the leading actors. Could anybody be any better as Martha Costello as
Maxine Peake?
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on 27 January 2015
was not sure what to expect from this as I had never seen or heard of it before and im glad I watched it as I did really enjoy this series, so much I am going to watch series 2 and hopefully that will be just as good as this one.
if you like law/police programmes then this is the one to watch.
lots of different stories all linking together, a great cast, with lots of ups and downs.
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on 18 July 2012
Had to see the first series just to get the solicitor characters in place in the mind's eye after watching the 2nd series on TV and not knowing where one person fitted in. Like the content and after seeing the whole series of Rumpole knew roughly how the program would adapt itself and how the hieracy within the chambers would react, especially when they have a gill or two.
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on 1 March 2014
In any organisations there is an ethos,a loyalty, a bind...... to that extent ,as an individual, I feel that the word "Blame" should be outlawed, the word "Intention" be put in it's place. The series is wonderful I thoroughly enjoyed it and we need more :)
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