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  • Season 6
  • 7 episodes
  • Drama
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Episode 4: Trial

Summary

The murder of a caretaker has been so carefully planned and executed that the police are left without a single piece of evidence. Adding to the mystery is the fact that the crime is laid out in detail in a manual purchased three weeks earlier in the victim's name. Brooks and Casey eventually track down the killer, who confesses, but the trial is put in jeopardy by a canny defence lawyer. Guest starring Toby Stephens.

Review

This is one of those byzantine, unspooling Law & Order plots. If you were to spell out the stages of the story from a bunch of youths bullying a postman in the opening scene to a coda in a care home, it would sound like the product of an unhinged mind (and unhinged minds are very much part of the picture). But the way the drama draws us through it, revelation by revelation, feels as if
it makes sense, more or less.

The only giveaway is when we see Toby Stephens briefly as a psychiatry professor: no character he plays will turn out to be minor, and as always, he adds a touch of class in a strange tale of fascists, big pharma and a murdered Jewish janitor.

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Ronnie BrooksBradley Walsh
Sam CaseyPaul Nicholls
Natalie ChandlerHarriet Walter
Jacob ThorneDominic Rowan
Alesha PhillipsFreema Agyeman
Henry SharpePeter Davison
Martin MiddlebrookToby Stephens
Rachel MathessonPenny Downie
Simon WellsArthur Wilson
Julia AnstissJeany Spark
Dr Roddy ArmitageGeorge Anton
Sara WaldmanSeline Hizli
EleanorAnnabel Mullion
Gordon WellsSam Graham
Mary WellsLucy Fleming
Tony WrightPeter Silverleaf
Cal DonnallyGed McKenna
FrankieCarl Prekopp
HelenRachel Bavidge
Haya NgamaAmy Yamazaki
AndyNicholas Banks
Judge RichardsCrispin Redman
John PetersChristopher Gilling
Guy KerridgeJerry Lindop
PostmanLawrence Lambert
SupervisorGareth Williams
PET technicianMike Sengelow
NurseLiz Hallyburton

Crew

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DirectorDavid O'Neill
Executive producerDick Wolf
Executive producerAndrew Woodhead
Executive producerStephen Garrett
Executive producerJane Featherstone
ProducerRichard Stokes
WriterNick Hicks-Beach

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  • Episode 4

    Trial

    Summary

    The murder of a caretaker has been so carefully planned and executed that the police are left without a single piece of evidence. Adding to the mystery is the fact that the crime is laid out in detail in a manual purchased three weeks earlier in the victim's name. Brooks and Casey eventually track down the killer, who confesses, but the trial is put in jeopardy by a canny defence lawyer. Guest starring Toby Stephens.

    Review

    This is one of those byzantine, unspooling Law & Order plots. If you were to spell out the stages of the story from a bunch of youths bullying a postman in the opening scene to a coda in a care home, it would sound like the product of an unhinged mind (and unhinged minds are very much part of the picture). But the way the drama draws us through it, revelation by revelation, feels as if
    it makes sense, more or less.

    The only giveaway is when we see Toby Stephens briefly as a psychiatry professor: no character he plays will turn out to be minor, and as always, he adds a touch of class in a strange tale of fascists, big pharma and a murdered Jewish janitor.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Ronnie BrooksBradley Walsh
    Sam CaseyPaul Nicholls
    Natalie ChandlerHarriet Walter
    Jacob ThorneDominic Rowan
    Alesha PhillipsFreema Agyeman
    Henry SharpePeter Davison
    Martin MiddlebrookToby Stephens
    Rachel MathessonPenny Downie
    Simon WellsArthur Wilson
    Julia AnstissJeany Spark
    Dr Roddy ArmitageGeorge Anton
    Sara WaldmanSeline Hizli
    EleanorAnnabel Mullion
    Gordon WellsSam Graham
    Mary WellsLucy Fleming
    Tony WrightPeter Silverleaf
    Cal DonnallyGed McKenna
    FrankieCarl Prekopp
    HelenRachel Bavidge
    Haya NgamaAmy Yamazaki
    AndyNicholas Banks
    Judge RichardsCrispin Redman
    John PetersChristopher Gilling
    Guy KerridgeJerry Lindop
    PostmanLawrence Lambert
    SupervisorGareth Williams
    PET technicianMike Sengelow
    NurseLiz Hallyburton

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDavid O'Neill
    Executive producerDick Wolf
    Executive producerAndrew Woodhead
    Executive producerStephen Garrett
    Executive producerJane Featherstone
    ProducerRichard Stokes
    WriterNick Hicks-Beach
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