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Silk 

A six-part series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk.
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Maxine Peake ...  Martha Costello QC / ... 18 episodes, 2011-2014
Rupert Penry-Jones ...  Clive Reader / ... 18 episodes, 2011-2014
Neil Stuke ...  Billy Lamb / ... 18 episodes, 2011-2014
Theo Barklem-Biggs ...  Jake Milner 18 episodes, 2011-2014
John Macmillan ...  John Bright / ... 18 episodes, 2011-2014
Alex Jennings ...  Alan Cowdrey QC / ... 13 episodes, 2011-2014
Frances Barber ...  Caroline Warwick QC 12 episodes, 2012-2014
Amy Wren ...  Bethany Brassington 12 episodes, 2012-2014
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A six-part series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk.

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Rupert Penry-Jones and Miranda Raison also co-star in Spooks or MI-5. See more »

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Featured in Silk: Behind the Scenes (2011) See more »

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Involving courtroom drama, more John Le Carré than Grisham
3 February 2014 | by The_late_Buddy_RyanSee all my reviews

Rumpole fans already know the drill—solicitors (though we don't see much of them) deal with the clients and prepare a brief, barristers plead the case in court, either for the defense or the prosecution, and a small platoon of clerks take care of the business side. Experienced barristers who make the right moves can hope to "take silk," or be appointed to the privileged caste of Queen's Counsel (more prestigious cases, better money, even a bigger wig).

Maxine Peake is refreshingly unglamorous, with her crunchy Northern accent, and projects a wonderful intensity as one such barrister; Rupert Penry-Jones is well matched as a cynical, corner-cutting rival. This series does office politics extremely well; the first time we watched, I was blown away by a couple of brilliant scenes in which Neil Stuke, as Billy, the hard-nosed senior clerk, fights off a coup attempt and turns one of his big earners who's trying to defect. Apart from the climactic murder trial, court cases are a lot less flashy than you'd find in a show like "The Good Wife," but story lines are brisk, engaging, sometime surprising (Colombian drug mule explains why she's better off in prison); interesting that in the UK it's a criminal offense to own (or be) a pitbull. Supporting honors go to GoT's Natalie Dormer as a "spoony" (born with a silver one in her mouth, i.e.) pupil, Tom Hughes as a not-so-spoony pupil and Nina Sosanya as a mutinous junior barrister.

Here's hoping that the next few seasons will turn up before long on PBS and eventually on Netflix.


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