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Twelve more cases from Fulchester Crown Court,
This review is from: Crown Court - Volume 7 [DVD] (DVD)
Crown Court was a daytime television institution. Clocking up just under 900 episodes between 1972 and 1984 it covered just about every topic you could ever expect to find in a courtroom.
The 36 episodes on this release cover twelve cases, originally broadcast between February and May 1974. There are plenty of familiar faces, on both sides of the law, such as John Barron, Richard Wilson, David Troughton, Frank Thornton, Kenneth Cope, Richard Griffiths, Robert Powell, Dinah Sheridan, David Lodge, Glynn Edwards, Graham Crowden, Madeline Smith, Ian Marter, Gwen Taylor and Don Henderson.
Due to the quick recording turnaround (typically all three episodes relating to a single case were recorded on the same day) there are the occasional fluffed lines and some shaky camera work. So whilst it lacks the polish of modern television, the quality of the acting and the stories more than makes up for this.
Particular highlights on this release are "The Woman Least Likely", with Irene Rutland standing trial accused of assault, criminal damage and theft. As the title suggests, she is the last person you would expect to find in the dock - a 45-year-old public relations officer, who had never been in trouble before.
"30,000 Pieces of Silver", concerning pop musician's Lance Porter's accusation that his father, the Rev. Fortescue Parker, stole his musical work "Jesus, Baby!" is another entertaining case with a strong cast, headed by Robert Powell.
There's been a four year gap between the release of Volume 6 and Volume 7. Hopefully sales of this DVD will be good and we won't have to wait so long for the next batch of cases.