- Actors: Gerard Butler, Derek Jacobi, Antony Sher, Nicholas Farrell, Michael Maloney
- Format: Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, PAL
- Language: English
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Vci
- VHS Release Date: 14 April 2003
- Run Time: 281 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000060NZD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,853 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Hard-hitting TV drama examining the balance of race relations in contemporary Britain. A quiet 15-year-old Sikh boy has been charged with the murder of a classmate in a court case which has become headline news. The nation eagerly awaits the verdict, and as the twelve jurors meet to make their decision, they feel the weight of expectation placed upon them, and have to deal with various threats and intimidations as they do their best to arrive at a just conclusion.
One of the most impressive series to appear on British television for a long time, The Jury is an invigorating shot in the arm for the crime genre. The premise is simple, focusing on the one part of the legal process that has hitherto been largely ignored: the jury. By concentrating on seven of the 12--their home lives and the pressure that such an undertaking places on them--this six-part series brings the courtroom action into sharper focus. The series revolves around the unfolding (and timely) trial of a young Sikh schoolboy accused of a racially motivated murder. Expertly steered by Derek Jacobi and Anthony Sher as the opposing lawyers, and allowed to develop over five-plus hours of screen time, the twists and turns of the case are riveting, and the outcome impossible to predict.
The seven interconnecting stories of the jurors are equally enthralling and would be more than enough to sustain most series on their own. Combine them with the courtroom action and you have a superb legal drama. But the depth of characterisation and quality of performance from all the cast is what gives The Jury its true edge. And thats what will ensure repeated viewing even after the initial suspense of the verdict has subsided. --Phil Udell
Top Customer Reviews
You won't be disappointed.
This is an intense drama that never gets over the top, it comprises the racial tensions created by the trial of a sixteen year old Sikh accused of murdering a white boy from his school, The families are contrasted with the accused Sikh’s family shocked and dignified, the murdered boys father and brothers taking a vengeful racist attitude amidst the fathers grief for his murdered son.
The story also concentrates on six of the jurors, delving into their private lives and fears, failing marriages and victims of scams, an alcoholic released from re-hab the morning of the trial, a trainee catholic priest going through a period of extreme self doubt. Among the large cast are many familiars of TV serials and dramas over the years all acting well and for me this added considerably to the pleasure.
David Jacobi is outstanding as the defending council and the courtroom scenes are gripping. Outstanding screen play, good direction with well controlled tension and pace provide an involving drama that can be viewed many times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be gripping and intense. The interaction between jurors is what makes this series so phenomenal. Highly recommend.Published 23 months ago by Sassafras
Delighted - this was to replace my VHS copy now and was at a great price.Published on 27 Jan. 2015 by Raymond Berry
The foreman of the jury was never sure of his decision . There is always the question of why and where the accused disposed of his clothing. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2014 by Mrs. D. Swinbourne
Did not realise I had ordered VHS, but no problem as we still have recorder! Had to be delivered to family in UK so don't know how long it took. It was waiting when we arrived. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2014 by Mrs.M.J.Rose
I enjoyed every minute of this and would recommend it to everyone, particularly Gerard Butler fans. Gerard is wonderful in this.Published on 30 Nov. 2013 by Mrs. Margaret L. Fletcher
I saw this first on TV as a 6 episode series, and it had me totally enthralled. So, it was disappointing to find that it was only originally released on a Region 1 DVD. Read morePublished on 7 July 2011 by Cat28