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Silk, Series 2 Episode 1 of 6

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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Last on

Sat 19 May 2012 02:10

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Role Contributor
ProducerRichard Stokes
DirectorPeter Hoar
WriterPeter Moffat
Martha Costello QCMaxine Peake
Clive ReaderRupert Penry-Jones
Billy LambNeil Stuke
Micky JoyPhil Davis
Caroline Warwick QCFrances Barber
George DugganIndira Varma
Alan Cowdrey QCAlex Jennings
John BrightJohn Macmillan
Jake MilnerTheo Barklem-Biggs
Bethany BrassingtonAmy Wren
Brendan KayPaul Kynman
Jody FarrFinbar Lynch
Derek StoreyJonathan McGuinness
Fatima AliShanaya Rafaat
Judge GoodbrandNicholas Jones
Prison OfficerKemal Sylvester
Female SilkClaire Porter
GaolerSeun Shote
PC BrettPhil Deguara
Count ClerkChristopher James
Executive ProducerPeter Moffat
Executive ProducerHilary Salmon