Episode 1

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Silk, Series 2 Episode 1 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

Martha Costello is now a QC, but she learns fast that it can be lonely at the top. At Shoe Lane Chambers times are tough, and senior clerk Billy struggles to keep things afloat while Clive Reader tries to be stoic about his unsuccessful silk application.

Martha is defending Brendan Kay, a member of one of London's biggest crime outfits. He is accused of blinding a man, who allegedly disrespected their 'number two'. Martha's job is made harder because Brendan's solicitor, Micky Joy, is an old school player of the system who walks both sides of the line.

Also up against a notorious QC, Caroline Warwick, nicknamed Lady Macbeth for her uncompromising approach in court, Martha feels herself pulled by the various political forces around her, and realises to win she will need an all or nothing defence.

Meanwhile, Clive takes on a sensitive case with a new solicitor, George Duggan.

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Credits

Producer
Richard Stokes
Producer
Richard Stokes
Director
Peter Hoar
Director
Peter Hoar
Writer
Peter Moffat
Writer
Peter Moffat
Martha Costello QC
Maxine Peake
Martha Costello
Maxine Peake
Clive Reader
Rupert Penry-Jones
Clive Reader
Rupert Penry-Jones
Billy Lamb
Neil Stuke
Billy Lamb
Neil Stuke
Micky Joy
Phil Davis
Micky Joy
Phil Davis
Caroline Warwick QC
Frances Barber
Caroline Warwick QC
Frances Barber
George Duggan
Indira Varma
George Duggan
Indira Varma
Alan Cowdrey QC
Alex Jennings
Alan Cowdrey QC
Alex Jennings
John Bright
John MacMillan
John Bright
John MacMillan
Jake Milner
Theo Barklem-Biggs
Jake Milner
Theo Barklem-Biggs
Bethany Brassington
Amy Wren
Bethany Brassington
Amy Wren
Brendan Kay
Paul Kynman
Brendan Kay
Paul Kynman
Jody Farr
Finbar Lynch
Jody Farr
Finbar Lynch
Derek Storey
Jonathan McGuinness
Derek Storey
Jonathan McGuinness
Fatima Ali
Shanaya Rafaat
Fatima Ali
Shanaya Rafaat
Judge Goodbrand
Nicholas Jones
Judge Goodbrand
Nicholas Jones
Prison Officer
Kemal Sylvester
Prison Officer
Kemal Sylvester
Female Silk
Claire Porter
Female Silk
Claire Porter
Gaoler
Seun Shote
Gaoler
Seun Shote
PC Brett
Phil Deguara
PC Brett
Phil Deguara
Count Clerk
Christopher James
Count Clerk
Christopher James
Executive Producer
Peter Moffat
Executive Producer
Peter Moffat
Executive Producer
Hilary Salmon
Executive Producer
Hilary Salmon

Broadcasts

Video interview: Neil Stuke

Image for Neil Stuke details the conflict between Billy and Harriet

Neil describes the conflict between Billy and the officer manager.

Video interview: Miranda Raison

Image for Miranda Raison introduces new office manager Harriet

Miranda introduces Harriet and her relationship with Billy.

Video interview: Jessica Henwick

Image for Jessica Henwick introduces new barrister pupil Amy

Jessica Henwick introduces determined barrister pupil, Amy.

Trail: Silk Series 3

Silk

Official launch trail for Silk which returns for a third series.

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