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Thursday, November 21, 2013


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BBC Home Entertainment bats a thousand every time. With Silk, a court, lawyer, back-of-house series presents the rest of the world with what happens on a daily basis in English Courts. A bit of subterfuge, some manipulations, and of course the requisite backstabbing, go along with the territory and add to the drama. Excellent acting brings the series to a level of mini-series. Although American audiences won't know the procedures as our court system is different, we can appreciate the high adventure and brilliant scripting. As legal shows go, this ranks at the top of the list, feeding our need for more " Law and Order", with much of the "Law" taking front and center stage. BBC Home Entertainment knows a winning combination when projects come across their desks, and they are well known for their brilliant programming. We don't have this show on any channel that I know of, but it's so intense, this set of DVDs will repair that oversight. Add this set to your son, the lawyer's list of gifts, and he'll take note and score a big point in your favor. Get Silk for yourself and enjoy hours of compelling entertainment, and you'll up the ante in your DVD collection. Legal machinations mesmerize on every level, with the very competent Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) sometimes a shark, sometimes Jane from Drop Dead Diva, and always the shining penny at the end of the rainbow.

Scandal, competition, and a little bit of suspense… it wouldn’t be a series about attorneys (or in this case, “barristers”, since it is an English series) if it didn’t have all these! What Silk also has is compelling story lines that draw the viewer in. Both the regular characters as well as the individual cases and challenges encountered within each episode are intriguing. Silk Series One primarily follows Martha Costello, a young barrister working hard to “get silk”, or attain rank of Queen’s Counsel. Martha is a hard-working barrister, trying to advance in a stressful and demanding London law firm. She makes an effort to take a real interest in her cases, but sometimes simply doesn’t have the time as she juggles her assignments. Her often scheming – and sometimes just plain inappropriate – colleagues occasionally take advantage of that. Top everything off with a pupil (read: trainee) who is endearing, yet often mis-behaves and is clearly smitten with the other pupil at the firm. Even though she has her challenges, you’re cheering Martha throughout the series. Check out Silk and cheer for Martha with us!

BBC Home Entertainment consistently puts out shows of the absolute highest quality, and Silk is no exception. Having recently watched the six episodes in Series One on DVD, I became an immediate fan. The title of the series comes from the British phrase, "taking the silk," which means attaining the coveted rank of Queen's Council. In the series, two talented barristers, Martha Costello (Maxine Peake), and Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones) are competing for the elusive QC position. Both in their thirties and called to the bar at the same time, Martha and Clive have very different personalities and different ways of working. While Martha relies on her strong principles and clearly takes her responsibilities incredibly seriously, Clive has a more laid back (although no less serious) approach, relying more on his charm and likeability. Adding to the tension between the two main characters is the fact that each of them is training a "baby barrister" (junior barristers), and the baby barristers are also competing against each other for a single promotion to Chambers. Full of tension, suspense, and drama, Silk is by far one of the best legal dramas I've ever had the pleasure of watching. The plot lines are captivating and brought to life by stellar performances across the board. Yet another winner from BBC Home Entertainment!

It's that time of year when the weather turns cold and it's time to watch really good television. Silk Series One by BBC Home Entertainment should be on your list. This fascinating series takes you into the inter working of the British legal system. Here we meet Martha and Clive, lawyers aspiring to become a member of the Queen's Counsel. There is only room at the top for one, as we watch them fight for their future through the court. A fascinating game of human chess occurs with twists and turns you won't see coming. The acting is superb and will recognize many familiar faces, like Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones. This two disc set with take you through the first series and includes extra bonus features. Silk reminded me if the Good Wife in many ways, of course the British version. If you like law and suspense then this is a wonderful watch for you.



Length: Approx. 300 mins + bonus material/ 2-disc set 

Silk follows the rivalry, tension, passion and intrigue of life on the front line of criminal law. Martha Costello (Maxine Peake, Little Dorrit) is a brilliant, passionate defense barrister with a reputation for defending the poor and downtrodden. She is about to embark on the next step of her career and apply to be a member of the highly prestigious Queen's Counsel. But she's not the only one at her chambers applying. Joining Martha is Clive Reader (Rupert Penry Jones, Whitechapel); charming and ruthless, funny, gifted and dangerous. Only one is likely to be made QC, so how they perform in court is vital and Clive knows how to play the game. Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, Elementary) also stars as Clive’s pupil, Niamh. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette. 

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