Thursday, 21 August 2014 at 8:30pm on ABC
In this BBC drama written by Peter Moffat, Brilliant, passionate defence barrister Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) is now a QC of a year's standing. Her reputation for defending the poor and downtrodden has grown and she's now busier than ever.
Meanwhile, her colleague Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones), now also a QC, is specialising in prosecution. They know the criminal bar being the small world that it is, means that they will inevitably be pitted against each other.
And to complicate matters further, as they celebrate Clive making Silk, he tells Martha he loves her.
Clive's celebration party is dramatically cut short when news arrives that David Cowdrey, the son of the head of chambers Alan Cowdrey (Alex Jennings), has been arrested for killing a police officer during a political demonstration.
Martha quickly moves to defend the fragile young man, and believes his actions were in self defence. But the evidence against him seems overwhelming, and she's aware that the police are more than ready to have him convicted - especially when she discovers cigarette burns on his arms. Her situation isn't helped by the young man's uneasy relationship with his father, and reluctance to tell her what happened.
Meanwhile, Billy (Neil Stuke), Clerk of Chambers, is struggling to cope with his secret, and even comes close to sharing it with Martha, while a new Practice Manager makes it obvious he may be on the outer.
Martha might be able to convince the jury that the police are lying to make their case, but will the truth be what she imagined?