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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast,Entertaining with a Breathtaking Central Performance, 11 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: North Square [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Currently lambasting one and all for reviewing programmes not yet out on dvd but still on it's actual first run on tv,I can comfort myself that I can refute slightly a perfectly fair charge of rank hypocrisy due to North square being in the public consciousness for a good eleven years - it aired on C4 for one series in 2000.

Created by Peter Moffat(Criminal Justice and Silk,a kind of North Square for grown ups)the series centred around a legal practice in Leeds with particular emphasis placed on resident high flyers Rupert Penry Jones,Kevin McKidd and the excellent Helen McCrory and the chambers "fixer" Phil davis.

As to authenticity not a clue but watching this bunch of hedonistic,barely principaled and colourful characters was very agreeable.Fast,funny and at times alarmingly amoral,the show had it's electrifying selling point in Davis who has never had a part before or since that so suited his rat like features and brusque manner.His character was alternately paternal,sinister,hilariously amoral and breathtakingly quotable(no spoilers here).At times he could overwhelm the drama and North Square could lose some of it's focus.

There are reviews all over Amazon bemoaning "series cancelled before their time"-Jericho,Firefly,Flashforward etc etc but not many for british dramas.Inexplicable in 2000 and still today(C4 must have had cashflow problems or the cast must have hated each other - nothing else seems remotely sensible),North Square was high gloss,quality nonsense and its dvd release could not be more welcome.

For any Phil Davis devotee,an absolutely essential purchase.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2013 04:44:03 GMT
Love your enthusiastic description re Davis. His next most hideous character appeared in a C.Dickens series: Bleak House from memory but I'm sure to be corrected if mistaken.
He's brilliant.

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 10:44:51 GMT
Mark Pearce says:
Hello Signed Hopeful
Thanks for comment.Yep,Phil Davis always strikes me as being more convincing as a "bad Guy" and he is a hoot in this.That said,I always liked him in Mike Leigh's High Hopes as the gentle biker boyfriend.Worth checking out if you've not seen it.
Regards

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2013 02:40:29 GMT
Hi Mark, never heard of that one! Thanks for the tip.

Posted on 3 Oct 2013 05:20:51 BDT
Ekka says:
While I agree with any plaudits heaped on North Square generally and Phil Davis specifically, I certainly don't agree regarding Silk, which was enormously inferior to both North Square and New Street Law.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2013 11:35:20 BDT
"Silk" was woeful, couldn't watch even the first ep. Pathetic.
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