Bob Pugh (Doctor Who, West Is West) and Gary Mavers (Casualty, Peak Practice) are to star in a new BBC One Daytime drama, Justice, which begins filming in Liverpool this week.
They are joined by Gillian Kearney (Casualty, Shameless) and Jake Abrahams (Holby City, Lock Stock), in this compelling series which transmits in Spring 2011.
Justice also stars Christine Tremarco (Moving On), Jodie Comer (Holby City), Ellie Paskell (Waterloo Road), Carolin Stoltz (Emmerdale), Tom Georgeson (Bleak House), and Derek Barr (Casualty).
The drama follows the story of a fictional local community justice centre and its mysterious judge, Patrick Coburn (Bob Pugh), seen by the community as either a liberal lefty or a power-crazed despot. Established prosecutor Joe Spencer (Gary Mavers) is his right-hand man. With his connections and tough reputation, he is instrumental in getting the local community to trust the Judge.
Gillian Kearney plays Louise Campbell, a bright, local reporter, keen to make a name for herself and uncover the truth behind the Judge’s secret past. Jake Abrahams plays Jake Little, a small-time, well-connected career criminal.
Each episode of the five-part drama follows a changing line-up of guest stories at the centre, tackling issues from kerb crawling to shoplifting. But the Judge and his revolutionary centre are also under threat from within. The judicial establishment see the centre as a money drain and want their power back – will the Judge and his team be able to keep the wolves at bay?
Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, says: “Our new fictional drama, which is part of our week-long focus on the UK criminal justice system, reinforces BBC Daytime’s ambition to bring more unique homegrown drama to the schedules following on from recent successes such as Moving On and The Indian Doctor.”
Justice (5×45) is due to broadcast in Spring 2011 and is made by LA Productions for the BBC. Liam Keelan is the executive producer for the BBC, and Colin McKeown is executive producer for LA Productions.
The drama, which takes inspiration from the work of the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre, is written by up-and-coming writing talent.
Alongside Justice, BBC Daytime will show Neighbourhood Blues, a new observational documentary series following the work of a new taskforce tasked with tackling the enduring problem of housing estate crime.
Neighbourhood Blues is also due for transmission in Spring 2011 and is a Raw Cut Television production for the BBC. The executive producer for the BBC is Pam Cavannagh and Steve Warr is executive producer for Raw Cut.