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Premier :: 2011-02-22

Airs :: Tuesday 09:00 PM on BBC One

Genre :: Drama

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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. 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?

Latest Episode

Series 3 - Episode 6 - Episode 6
Aired - 31 March 2014

Episode summary:

Martha is becoming increasingly isolated as she fights to defend ex-boyfriend Sean against overwhelming evidence. Determined to ignore an angry Clive, who attempts to force her to confront the holes in her client's story, Martha begins to wonder if she's cut out for this world. As she begins to uncover further lies Sean has told, Martha is shocked when she has to rely on an old enemy if she is to have any hope of clearing his name. As chambers begin to worry for her emotional stability, Martha's campaign to lead Shoe Lane into a new future begins to suffer. The shocking truth about the case is finally revealed, and after the jury return their verdict a shattered Martha is forced to confront her actions and their effect on the case. Can she move forward from this? Billy's harassment tribunal comes to a head and, when Shoe Lane votes on the silk to guide them into an uncertain future, Martha must decide what really matters.

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+ Series 3

+ Episode - 6 Episode 6 Aired - 31 March 2014
+ Episode - 5 Episode 5 Aired - 24 March 2014
+ Episode - 4 Episode 4 Aired - 17 March 2014
+ Episode - 3 Episode 3 Aired - 10 March 2014
+ Episode - 2 Episode 2 Aired - 03 March 2014
+ Episode - 1 Episode 1 Aired - 24 February 2014

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Written by :- JeromeWetzelTV Date added 2013-11-13 00:00:00 View more Silk.
A Silk reviews item imageArticle first published as DVD Review: ‘Silk – Series One’ on Blogcritics. “Taking silk” is a phrase in the British legal field to describe what happens when a barrister achieves the rank of Queen’s (or King’s) Counsel, which typically happens only after at least 15 years experience. The phrase comes from the silk robes these professionals don. It’s...read more
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