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5.0 out of 5 stars Life at The Bar
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...
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by ACB (swansea)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing script for Martha
Peter Moffat really doesn't know how powerful people speak. Martha gives an instruction she then completes the instruction with "Okay"!. A powerful person never, ever asks Okay after giving an instruction - it diminishes the instruction and the person!. Peter has diminished Martha in series 2 - we don't understand what is driving her - she appears weak and just...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life at The Bar, 25 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Silk - Series 2 [DVD] (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). The outcome of the trial rests on the testimonies, particularly the wheeler-dealer Billy. The 'mark' on Micky Joy is brilliantly constructed between Billy and Martha. One baddie gone one let off. This is the legal system. The lingering affection between Billy and Martha comes through. Very delicate and poignant.

Outstanding for me have been the scripts ,and the performances of Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Billy Lamb (Neil Stuke), and the stitched-up Micky Joy. Love interest is alive with Clive and solicitor George Duggan (Indira Varma), alongside the lovely interaction between the principals Jake and Bethany. Behind the courtroom is a hive of activity that brings in moral and ethical dilemmas plus personal conflicts. Defending a known crook successfully is a 'good earner' for the chambers.How Billy survives is the issue of the next series given his medical prognosis and pending perjury charge. Long enough for more series?

Superb entertainment. Can't await series 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen's Counsel, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant follow up, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 6 Aug 2012
This review is from: Silk - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silk series 2, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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Great item & price!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great drama, 26 May 2014
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Quite dramatic episodes. But audiences not well versed in legal matters might find some details elusive. Six episodes for a season is a bit on the short side for American viewers who are accustomed to longer series. But all in all first rate drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silk 2 is better than # 1, 18 May 2014
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The story line and interest were better developed and shown in Series 2 than in Series 1.
The writing, casting and performances are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Maxine Peake, 27 April 2014
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Maxine Peake is absolutely phenomenal in this gast pace drama as Martha Costello QC! Loved it! Rupert Penry Jones was also great as Clive Reader.
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