Silk

Silk

9:00pm Wednesday 20 June on BBC ONE

In representing Jody Farr Martha has truly supped with the Devil. Despite pleading his innocence to this crime, Farr is a notorious criminal responsible for the death of Martha’s former client Brendan Kay. But is he getting a fair trial?

Struggling with shifting power plays and an untenable defence, Martha decides to do her job while not allowing Jody to get under her skin. However, when she senses that he isn’t getting a fair trial she suspects foul play and sets a dangerous trap to uncover the truth.

With the date of his tribunal looming Clive focuses all his efforts on prosecuting Jody Farr, but becomes progressively worried about CW’s state of mind and whether he can still support her application to chambers.

In the face of an uncertain future, Billy finds himself trapped by Micky Joy. Loyalties are stretched to breaking point as the trial runs towards its explosive climax.

Maxine Peake is Martha; Rupert Penry-Jones is Clive; Neil Stuke is Billy; Phil Davis is Micky Joy; Frances Barber is Caroline Warwick ‘CW’; Indira Varma is George Duggan; Alex Jennings is Alan Cowdrey; Shaun Evans is Daniel; Finbar Lynch is Jody Farr and Kaye Wragg is Jamie Slotover.

Ep 6/6

Silk

9:00pm Tuesday 12 June on BBC ONE

Martha is representing Jackson Henderson in a death row case at the Supreme Court. Briefs don’t come with higher stakes than this. But Billy is worried; he knows the emotional strain a case like this will have on her, plus Micky is still pursuing her for Jody Farr.

With the clock ticking until Jackson’s execution in Jamaica, Martha faces one of the toughest legal arguments of her career.

The day of Fatima Ali’s trial looms, and Clive increasingly feels that he’s not the right barrister for her. At the risk of losing George, Clive persuades Martha to take the brief instead, conveniently leaving him free for the trial of his career, prosecuting Jody Farr.

Martha knows unless Fatima speaks up for herself, the truth will never come out. Just as she thinks the case is lost, Martha is offered a deal with the Devil in return for Fatima’s freedom…

Maxine Peake is Martha; Rupert Penry-Jones is Clive; Neil Stuke is Billy; Phil Davis is Micky Joy; Frances Barber is Caroline Warwick ‘CW’; Indira Varma is George Duggan; Shaun Evans is Daniel Lomas; Shanaya Rafaat is Fatima; and Natasha Williams is Florence Henderson.

Confirmed for Tuesday 12 June on BBC One at 9.00- 10.00pm

Ep 5/6

Silk

9:00pm Tuesday 5 June on BBC ONE

Martha finds herself in a David and Goliath battle, representing the driver of a high security prison van.

When a group of prisoners escape from his van, Michael Ward opens the doors to find another, younger prisoner dead – and he and his firm are held to be responsible. Working alongside his company’s legal team, Martha is incensed to discover that they have no intention of supporting her client. Unless he starts standing up for himself it looks like Ward will become the fall guy.

Chambers take on a new pupil, Daniel Lomas, who helps Martha to get through to her client. Meanwhile Clive is struggling to get through to Fatima Ali, who has convinced herself that she’s responsible for the death of her brother. Billy, still feeling the pressure from Micky Joy, investigates Caroline Warwick and starts to uncover hidden truths.

Cast: Maxine Peake is Martha; Rupert Penry-Jones is Clive; Neil Stuke is Billy; Phil Davis is Micky Joy; Frances Barber is Caroline Warwick ‘CW’; Indira Varma is George Duggan; Shaun Evans is Daniel and John Salthouse is Michael Ward.

Confirmed for Tuesday 5 June on BBC One at 9.00pm-10.00pm

Ep 4/6

Silk

9:00pm Tuesday 29 May on BBC ONE

Clive is in Oxford to prosecute three male students accused of sexually assaulting a young waitress.

He is up against three silks who employ playground tactics. Clive begins to lose his nerve, but a chance encounter with his old friend Ed Marmor bolsters his confidence and he discovers a passion for prosecuting which he didn’t know he had. When his client’s honesty is called into question and with the case in danger of collapsing around him, Clive is faced with one of the biggest decisions of his professional career.

In a case that echoes Clive’s, Martha is defending Ricky Armitage, who has trashed his local mini-mart and attacked the shopkeeper. His violence and lack of remorse are astounding, yet Martha can see that he was fated to walk on a self-destructive path and decides that she will try to divert him.

Cast: Maxine Peake is Martha; Rupert Penry-Jones is Clive; Neil Stuke is Billy; Morgan Watkins is Ricky Armitage; Rhashan Stone is Ed Marmor; Kaye Wragg is Jamie Slotover; Alex Jennings is Alan Cowdrey; Stephanie Street is Tavishi Gupta; Frances Barber is Caroline Warwick ‘CW’ and Indira Varma is George Duggan.

Confirmed for Tuesday 29 May on BBC One at 9.00pm-10.00pm

Ep 3/6

Silk

9:00pm Tuesday 15 May on BBC ONE

Martha Costello is now Martha Costello QC. The cases are bigger and the stakes are higher, but she learns fast that it can be lonely at the top. Clive Reader, burnt by his unsuccessful silk application, tries to be stoic in his defeat.

Martha is defending Brendan Kay, a member of one of London’s biggest crime outfits the Farr Family. He’s accused of blinding a car wash attendant who disrespected their number two, Jody Farr. He’s got the victim’s blood on his shoes and confessed in the back of a police car – it looks like a hopeless case. Martha’s job is made harder because Brendan’s solicitor, Micky Joy, is an old-school player of the system who walks both sides of the line.

She doesn’t like him or the way he operates, but Billy warns her that they need his work to keep Shoe Lane afloat. Martha is up against a notorious QC, Caroline Warwick, nicknamed Lady MacBeth for her uncompromising and vicious approach in court. As Martha feels herself pulled by the various political forces around her, she realises to win she will need an all or nothing defence.

Meanwhile Clive takes on a sensitive case with a new solicitor, the fiery and passionate George Duggan, and is pleasantly surprised when he finds that he’s more than met his match.

Starring Maxine Peake as Martha, Rupert Penry-Jones as Clive, Neil Stuke as Billy, Phil Davis as Micky Joy, Frances Barber as Caroline Warwick ‘CW’, Alex Jennings as Alan Cowdrey and Indira Varma as George Duggan.

Ep 1/6

Following its successful first series on BBC One, Silk has today been recommissioned for a new six part run in 2012.

Starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones, the series has so far averaged a consolidated audience of 5.9m. BBC One Controller, Danny Cohen, says: “Maxine Peake has excelled in Silk and we’re delighted to be bringing this high quality, popular drama back for a second series.”

Drama Controller, Ben Stephenson, added: “Having a writer of Peter Moffat’s calibre writing a series is what drama at the BBC is all about. The audiences who have fallen in love with Martha, Clive and Billy can look forward to six brand-new cases next year. Now she has silk her cases will be even bigger and more dramatic – but as ever the pressure doesn’t stop there. Will Clive get silk next? Will Nick get his job? And can Kate’s Machiavellian streak ever be stopped?”

Silk is a BBC Drama production. The executive producer is Hilary Salmon (Criminal Justice, Five Days).

Silk

9.00pm Tuesday 22 February on BBC ONE

Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Natalie Dormer, Tom Hughes and Neil Stuke star in Peter Moffat’s thrilling new drama series about the lives, loves and hard cases facing barristers on the front line of criminal law

Since I started writing about telly, I’ve been more than happy to heap praise on Maxine Peake.

She is, for my money, the best actor in Britain and consistently overlooked in favour of inferior thesps. With that, I show no shame in promoting her every move!

With that, we’re thrilled that BBC One is going to screen a new drama about barristers called Silk which will star Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones. The legal drama is written by Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice and North Square) and is reportedly based on his own experience as he used to be a barrister.

Peake and Penry-Jones play junior barristers attempting to “take silk” – become QCs, and be allowed to wear the coloured robes, made of silk, that go with the position.

“Silk is based on my experience at the bar. I want to tell it as it really is,” said Moffat.

“The extreme pressure, the hard choices, the ethical dilemmas, the overlap between the personal and the professional, principles fought for and principles sacrificed, the machiavellian politics, the sex, the drinking, the whole story – life at the bar is the richest possible drama territory.”

And because Maxine Peake is in it, it is guaranteed to be brilliant!

Maxine Peake (Criminal Justice), Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks), Natalie Dormer (The Tudors), Tom Hughes (Sex, Drugs And Rock And Roll) and Neil Stuke (Reggie Perrin) star in Silk, a thrilling new drama series for BBC One about the lives, loves and hard cases facing barristers on the front line of criminal law, written by Bafta award-winning writer Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, North Square).

Maxine Peake is Martha Costello, in her thirties, single, passionate and a defence barrister applying for silk. 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?

Martha is faced with challenging cases and surprising clients. Her beliefs and prejudices, her conscience and her faith in the criminal justice system are tested to the limit over the course of the series.

Former barrister Peter Moffat makes a return to BBC One, providing an insider’s view into this exciting, morally complex, highly-charged world.

Peter says: “Silk is based on my experience at the bar. I want to tell it as it really is. The extreme pressure, the hard choices, the ethical dilemmas, the overlap between the personal and the professional, principles fought for and principles sacrificed, the Machiavellian politics, the sex, the drinking, the whole story – life at the bar is the richest possible drama territory.”

Joining Martha is Clive Reader, played by Rupert Penry-Jones. He’s funny, gifted and dangerous. The same age as Martha, they’re called to the bar together. Both are applying for silk – how they perform in court is vital to this process and Clive knows how to play the game.

Neil Stuke plays Billy, the senior clerk at Martha’s chambers. He is dedicated to Martha, even if secretly he believes that she hasn’t got a chance of being made a QC.

Nick Slade, played by Tom Hughes is Martha’s pupil. Niamh Cranitch (Natalie Dormer) is assigned to Clive. Both are thrown in at the deep end and, as “baby barristers”, must sink or swim. Only one pupil will be taken on as a member of chambers at the end of the series. Who will it be and why? And how will Martha and Clive influence the outcome?

Silk was commissioned by Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One and Ben Stephenson, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning. The executive producer is Hilary Salmon (Criminal Justice, Five Days).

Silk is directed (episodes 1 & 2) by Michael Offer (The Passion, Moses Jones) and is produced by Cameron Roach (Life On Mars, Moses Jones).

The new six-part drama will commence filming in July. Silk will follow in the footsteps of successful BBC dramas such as Criminal Justice, Five Daughters and Luther.

 

The BBC has named two actors who will appear in the new legal drama Silk.

Rupert Penry Jones and Maxine Peake will star in the new series with Penry Jones playing lawyer Clive Reader and Peake playing Martha Costello.

Peake’s character’s “passionate belief in ‘innocent until proven guilty’ faith in the criminal justice system will be challenged over the series with both characters applying for ‘silk’, which means they want to be made a QC.

“Silk is based on my experience at the Bar,” said series writer and former barrister Peter Moffat, “I want to tell it as it really is. The extreme pressure, the hard choices, the ethical dilemmas, the overlap between the personal and the professional, principles fought for and principles sacrificed, the whole Machiavellian politics, the sex, the drinking, the whole story – life at the Bar is the richest possible drama territory.”

Source: Digital Spy

 

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