Channel Premiere - From the beginning
Thursday 1st August, 10pm
This slick, contemporary legal drama lifts the lid on the lives, loves and hard cases facing barristers on the front line of criminal law.
Maxine Peake stars as Martha Costello, a single, passionate thirtysomething defence barrister applying for Silk (a member of the Queen’s Counsel). Innocent until proven guilty are four words she lives by. But how does this fundamental principle stand up to examination by clients who are sometimes good, sometimes bad and sometimes evil?
Elsewhere, Rupert Penry-Jones plays Clive Reader, a funny, gifted and dangerous barrister who knows how to play the game. Often found in opposition to Martha, the pair’s relationship is based on mutual respect but sparks are never far away.
S1 E1/6. Having just won an important case, Martha is given two new cases for the next day, with a chance of getting a good reference for her Silk application. Under huge time pressure, she must prepare overnight, but can she satisfy both the personal and the professional demands placed on her? Or will she be forced to sacrifice one case in order to win the other?