Series 2 - Episode 4



Silk doesn’t have quite its usual silkiness. Series creator Peter Moffat, who also wrote the first three episodes, passes on typewriter duties this episode, and it shows. Mind you, there’s still plenty to enjoy, including a very unhappy-looking Clive (Rupert Penry-Jones) and one of those little homilies from head clerk Billy: “Barristers are like thoroughbreds – sleek, focused on winning and utterly selfish,” he sighs.

Clive is focused on the letter he has received from the Bar Standards Council about that little business in Oxford. Meanwhile, Martha defends the driver of a prison van in which a prisoner died. Corporate manslaughter or human error?


A prisoner is killed during an escape from a high-security van, and driver Michael Ward and his firm are held responsible. Martha is called in to represent Ward, but when his company's legal team fails to support him, it becomes clear he will have to stand up for himself or become the fall guy. Clive struggles to convince Fatima Ali she is not responsible for her brother's death, while Billy gives in to pressure from Micky and investigates Caroline, digging up a few hidden truths. Shaun Evans (Endeavour) joins the cast.

Cast & Crew

Martha Costello QC Maxine Peake
Clive Reader Rupert Penry-Jones
Billy Lamb Neil Stuke
Micky Joy Phil Davis
Caroline Warwick QC Frances Barber
George Duggan Indira Varma
Alan Cowdrey QC Alex Jennings
John Bright John Macmillan
Jake Milner Theo Barklem-Biggs
Bethany Brassington Amy Wren
Daniel Lomas Shaun Evans
Roland Elliott QC Peter De Jersey
Dr Liam King Jonathan Aris
Fatima Ali Shanaya Rafaat
Michael Ward John Salthouse
Professor Stephen Nyman Nicholas Woodeson
Alasdair McKinley QC Ron Donachie
James Purdey Michael Mueller
Angie Lloyd Sadie Shimmin
Harry Loughton Jonathan Jaynes
Arlo Wright Calum Callaghan
HHJ Teale Mark Penfold
Richard Doyle Ryan Winsley
Cathy Doyle Judy Norman
HHJ Vermont Sandra Duncan
Posh male candidate Ben Lamb
Earnest female candidate Kate Lamb
Aggressive male candidate Ed Birch
Court clerk Philip Brook
Director Alice Troughton
Producer Richard Stokes
Writer Debbie O'Malley
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