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Judge John Deed 

Sir John Deed, a High Court judge, tries to seek real justice in the cases before him.


G.F. Newman
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Series cast summary:
Martin Shaw ...  Judge John Deed 29 episodes, 2001-2007
Jenny Seagrove ...  Jo Mills QC 29 episodes, 2001-2007
Barbara Thorn Barbara Thorn ...  Rita 'Coop' Cooper / ... 29 episodes, 2001-2007
Simon Chandler ...  Sir Ian Rochester 26 episodes, 2001-2007
Michael Eaves ...  Brian Harrison / ... 24 episodes, 2001-2007
Louisa Clein ...  Charlie Deed 22 episodes, 2001-2007
Donald Sinden ...  Sir Joseph Channing 22 episodes, 2001-2007
Caroline Langrishe ...  Georgina Channing / ... 20 episodes, 2001-2007
Simon Ward ...  Sir Monty Everard 20 episodes, 2003-2007
Fraser James ...  Laurence James 17 episodes, 2001-2006
T.R. Bowen T.R. Bowen ...  Sir Michael Nivan / ... 15 episodes, 2001-2007
James Barron James Barron ...  Mr. Johnson / ... 14 episodes, 2001-2006


Despite the red robe and wig, Judge John Deed is no average high court judge. Good-looking, fit and fifty-something, he has a rakish charm that belies his sharp intellect. His passion for justice and his maverick approach set him at odds with the Lord Chancellor's department. This judge's individual approach too often flies in the face of convention for his own good as he determinedly avoids the traditionalism the system tries to force upon him. Written by Bai

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High Court Judges in England and Wales can be referred to in one of a number of ways:
  • Judge John Deed (as per the title of the show, although few High Court Judges are actually go by the title of 'Judge')
  • The Honourable Mr Justice Deed (as his name would appear on official court documentation)
  • Mr Justice Deed (the correct way to refer to a Judge in conversation)
  • Sir John Deed (this is the correct way to refer to Judge in his presence as all High Court Judges are Knights and Dames of the Realm)
  • Deed J ('J' meaning 'Justice', the appropriate legal abbreviation for Judges' titles in all English law reports)
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Judge John Deed: [sentencing the producer of a TV game show after a contestant has died] Celebrity. The pursuit of the talentless, by the mindless. It's become a disease of the twenty-first century. It pollutes our society, and it diminishes all who seek it, and all who worship it. And you must bear some of the responsibility for foisting this empty nonsense onto a gullible public.
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Referenced in TV Heaven, Telly Hell: Episode #1.6 (2006) See more »

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Hilariously unrealistic
7 June 2004 | by The StooferSee all my reviews

One of the most hilariously unrealistic shows ever made. Think Footballers' Wives for the judicial system. I am sure that the comments suggesting that this is realistic are being sarcastic.

The reason that this show is so funny is that Martin Shaw (like most of the other actors) takes his role so seriously. The show is actually rather similar to Rumpole of the Bailey, with outrageous coincidences, unlikely plot lines, and a parody of the British establishment. What sets Judge John Deed apart is the earnestness of the actors. It is as though the writers of Blackadder have been teamed up with the cast of Elizabeth R: and no-one has told the writers that it was meant to be serious or the actors that it is a comedy.

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Stereo | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)



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1.78 : 1
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