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05.11.02

TV DRAMA


Judge John Deed by GF Newman


A brand new series of the gripping legal drama Judge John Deed returns to BBC ONE in Autumn 2002


Following a hugely successful first series, Judge John Deed is back for a second series with Martin Shaw in the title role.


Written by BAFTA award-winning writer GF Newman, Judge John Deed is not an average High Court judge.


He has built his reputation through asking difficult questions and refusing to compromise the truth in the pursuit of justice.


An idealist at heart, the Judge's more traditional colleagues regard him as something of a renegade to the old school tie.


He's made it to the top of his profession on his own terms, armed with a sharp intellect, a rakish charm, keen wit and passionate belief in justice.


Fearless and independent, he is sworn to serve state and sovereign, not the government hacks that constantly try to influence his decisions.


In the first episode, Deed must deal with corruption within the jury and the suspected murder of a QC. A body of a call girl is discovered dumped in a skip, and a high profile diplomat's car is witnessed at the scene.


The case is further complicated when it is revealed that the British government is engaged in a deal to secure a huge aircraft order from the diplomat's country.


Finalising the contract seems to be more important than seeing justice is done.


It soon becomes apparent that the key witnesses and jury in the trial are being leant on, with the possible knowledge of Brian Cantwell QC (John Sessions), the egotistical and aggressive defence barrister. Furthermore, there are threats against prosecution barrister Jo Mills (Jenny Seagrove).


Away from the courtroom, Deed continues his tempestuous relationship with Jo Mills.


His ex-wife Georgina Channing QC (Caroline Langrishe) is now engaged to Cabinet Minister Neil Haughton (Nick Reding). Deed and Haughton are destined not to see eye to eye.


Subsequent episodes show a compromised case of a man with the mental age of 13 standing trial for murder; three siblings accused of killing their tyrannical father, and a young boy mugged for his mobile phone.


Away from the courtroom Judge John Deed faces some tough decisions when he tries to persuade his daughter Charlie (Louisa Clein) to reconsider the fate of her unborn baby.


"The pilot episode and first series of Judge John Deed were some of the highest rated dramas of past years and provoked a considerable reaction from the public, the legal profession and the critics," says Jane Tranter, Controller of Drama Commissioning.


Executive Producer and BBC Controller Drama Series, Mal Young, said: "The combination of GF Newman's quality scripts and Martin Shaw's superb performance, ensure this latest series stays on top form."


GF Newman's previous credits include the ground-breaking BBC series Law and Order and the Channel 4 series The Nation's Health, which itself caused a storm of protest from doctors.


He says: "Drama is about stretching cosy assumptions to breaking point and finding something worthwhile with which to replace them."


An all-star cast includes Christopher Cazenove (Row Colemore) and Sir Donald Sinden (Sir Joseph Channing).


Judge John Deed is written and produced by GF Newman and made by One-Eyed Dog Ltd for BBC ONE. Executive Producers for the BBC are Mal Young and Ruth Caleb.


Notes to Editors


Written/produced by GF Newman


Starring Martin Shaw, Jenny Seagrove, Christopher Cazenove, Simon Chandler, Louisa Clein, Fraser James, Caroline Langrishe, Sir Donald Sinden, Barbara Thorn


Guest starring Samantha Janus, Eddie Marsan, Sheridan Morley, Alec Newman, Jemma Redgrave, Nick Reding, John Sessions, Ruby Turner, Billie Whitelaw


Directed by Jonny Campbell (episodes 1 & 3), David Kew (episode 2), Andy Hay (episode 4),


Executive Producers Mal Young and Ruth Caleb


Made by GF Newman / One Eyed Dog Ltd for BBC ONE.


A Judge John Deed press pack is available below in pdf format. You may require Adobe Acrobat Software to read PDF files which can be obtained here.


Judge John Deed press pack (61 KB)


New series of Judge John Deed now filming on location for BBC ONE (04.07.02)


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