Monday, June 23, 2008

Criminal Justice series - update & Radio 4 review

Following on from my post in May the BBC have released a further press release about Criminal Justice, a five part series set to run on consecutive nights on BBC1 from the 30th June. The story:
One mad night and Ben Coulter's (Ben Whishaw) life is changed forever. As he gets ready to go out on the town, the 21-year-old looks in the mirror. It will be the last time he's able to recognise the person who looks back.

Little does Ben know that a wild encounter with a sexy young woman will tear his life apart. Within 24 hours he will be charged with murder and – what's worse – he can't remember what happened the night before.

What follows is a rollercoaster ride through the criminal justice system across the five episodes; where the truth is optional and what counts is playing the game, in order to come out on top.

No one wants to hear Ben's side of the story; a complex game of cat and mouse begins as soon as he is arrested, played out between the duty solicitor, the world-weary Stone (Con O'Neill) and the pugnacious DCI Box (Bill Paterson).

Ben's shocked parents don't know where to turn and deep down there is a terrifying doubt: could their son really be a murderer?

Ben's world becomes a labyrinth of oppressive places: police station, prison and courtroom. As Ben steps off the prison bus he has to learn to survive alongside cellmates and hardened career criminals Hooch (Pete Postlethwaite) and Freddie Graham (David Harewood).

Lost in this alien world, Ben has little sense of where things start or finish, and who is in charge.
The press release contains interviews with Ben Whishaw and Pete Postlethwaite, a who's who of characters and an episode guide.

There was also a review of the show in last Friday's Front Row at about 11 minutes in, which you can listen to again for the next few days. The review was mainly positive; Nicholas Royle called it compelling if you can get past the contrived beginning.

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