By Mick Collins
Jake thinks that barristers' clerks and Italian-American gangsters are cut from the same cloth. They both demand loyalty, run people's lives and if you want your business to survive, you have to pay them a chunk of your earnings. In the first part of a series on based on the TV drama Silk, Jake inadvertantly continues the analogy, when he finds himself in the firing line after double-crossing Head Clerk Billy.
Based on the BBC1 series Silk created by Peter Moffat.
Executive producer: Hilary Salmon
Director: Sasha Yevtushenko
As the third series of BBC1's Silk concludes, BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama picks up the reins and broadcasts three plays that focus on life in the Clerks' Room at the Shoe Lane chambers.
As Head Clerk Billy Lamb (Neil Stuke) would have it known, the Clerks' Room is the epicentre of everything that happens in a successful set of chambers like Shoe Lane. Barristers' clerks act as their agents; they get the cases, distribute the work, and can make or break careers. To some, they're a gang of wide-boys with an inflated sense of their own importance. To others, they're an essential pillar that dates back to the beginnings of the Inns of Court. Now, as modern management supersedes tradition, their livelihoods may be under threat, and our drama reflects this through the ongoing battle between Head Clerk Billy Lamb and Practice Manager Harriet Hammond (Miranda Raison).
The three radio dramas centre around life in the Clerks' Room, and each play focuses on the professional tribulations of the three Junior Clerks; Jake, Bethany and John.
The dramas feature the same core cast and characters from the TV show's Clerks' Room: Neil Stuke, Miranda Raison, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Amy Wren. Guest appearances from Charles Edwards, Anthony Welsh, Jeany Spark, Flaminia Cinque and others.
The television show Silk is created by Peter Moffat, and the writers of the radio dramas are Mick Collins and Janice Okoh.