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This review is from: Criminal Justice [DVD] (DVD)The three ingredients for great drama: script, acting, and direction.
This has them all. Shown on five successive nights on BBC1, some people may have missed out on what may turn out to be the drama of the year; here's your chance to catch up.
It's not at all pleasant viewing. It's in the best tradition of true 'reality' TV (not the crap that passes for that normally these days), gripping from beginning to end. It was written by a barrister obviously well acquainted with our justice system, and doesn't fall into stereotypical traps; e.g. the police and prison officers are shown to be human like the rest of us; there are the good and the bad.
Although it is unfair to pick out one particular aspect of this production above all the rest, I will never forget Ben Whishaw's performance as the accused. He is like a helpless child stuck in a nightmare.
BBC drama at its best.