will follow when my children have recovered from chickenpox and I have more time to post.
The show has all of the flaws I feared (a celeb driven case, and celeb driven jury full of self-obsessives with image issues isn’t really the best way to shed light on the prejudices of a jury system) and consequently lacks the purity of celebrity-free Consent (on C4 recently) although it may come into its own in the jury deliberation FUrther it lacks credibility given the fact that the jury members didn’t come up with appropriate excuses to avoid being anywhere near the jury.
However, as a round up for those that have not watched so far you’ve missed:
(a) Jeffrey Archer making a move on Jennifer Ellison (because she will have most experience of pressured situations and unwanted advances (Ah, the irony));
(b) Stan Collymore speaking over people in the first day of jury discussions
(c) Patsy Palmer writing a poem and joking with Jennifer Ellison while evidence is being led
(d) Stan Collymore suggesting that Jeffrey Archer was perhaps not the best person to make assessments of credibility of witnesses (a wonderful TV moment)
(e) Alex James looking angst ridden
(f) Stan Collymore confessing his love for the defence counsel
(g) Jeffrey Archer talking about the tenderness of anal sex to Honor Blackman, while Alex James discusses its popularity among the young as a popular form of contraception
(h) Stan Collymore reiterating many times that people should only consider the evidence
(i) Miguel Denzil Xavier Portillo being a de facto chair of the jury due to the intervention of the woman from Ann Summers
(j) Megaman complaining that juries don’t decide things on the evidence – as it took three cases to acquit him
(k) A chain smoking judge
(l) The bearded bloke from Sliders appearing to be some sort of defence counsel
(m) basically a rehash of Crown Court but without the top theme music (available on this record)
The BBC website for the programme is a mass of delights including a posting from Stan Collymore and a further one from Stan that has generated considerable response. Stan’s postings are very informative.
Anyway I won’t be watching live tomorrow as Life on mars returns with the important Marc Warren imprimature of BBC top telly credibility.
Edited Tuesday am to add the pic