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More Polyester than Silk
on 4 November 2013
I didn't catch this series on TV, but being a big fan of quality TV crime drama, and having just enjoyed Peter Moffatt's North Square on DVD, I bought the box set based on the Amazon reviews. Well, each to his own taste, I guess. For my part, I'm shocked at how lame this popular series is. And they're about to screen a third! Tired writing, very clichéd lead characters (they're all pale imitations of counterparts from NS, The Brief, Kavanagh, etc.), performances that are uniformly by-the-numbers -- Penry-Jones doing a repeat of his NS character, very evidently without enthusiasm; Senior Clerk Billy Lamb facing all the same issues faced by Senior Clerks in every other barrister series you've seen, but without a tenth of their mettle -- and climaxes to some of the cases that are almost breathtakingly implausible. Martha Costello shouldn't be vying for, and then getting, silk; she should be disbarred for continually misreading her clients and hardly ever asking a question that would be admissible in a real court.
Why is it, BTW, that in TV crimeland solicitors never get around to engaging counsel until about 3 hours before the hearing, thereby guaranteeing that their clients' 'brief' will turn up at court frazzled, unprepared and juggling three cases at once???? This, despite the fact that it takes MONTHS for a criminal charge to come to trial!