Defending The Guilty. Image shows from L to R: Will Packham  (Will Sharpe), Caroline (Katherine Parkinson). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Defending The Guilty

BBC Two sitcom about the judiciary. 1 pilot in 2018. Stars Will Sharpe, Katherine Parkinson, Gwyneth Keyworth, Prasanna Puwanarajah and others.

Full series to follow in 2019.

Defending The Guilty. Image shows from L to R: Will Packham  (Will Sharpe), Caroline (Katherine Parkinson), Ashley (Prasanna Puwanarajah), Danielle (Gwyneth Keyworth). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Defending The Guilty

Comedy about the legal system

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2018
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
1 Pilot
Creators
Alex McBride and Kieron Quirke
Starring
Will Sharpe, Katherine Parkinson, Gwyneth Keyworth, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Hugh Coles and Emily Berrington
Writer
Kieron Quirke
Director
Jim Field Smith
Producers
Georgie Fallon, Kenton Allen, Saurabh Kakkar, Jim Field Smith, Kieron Quirke and Matthew Justice

Will Packham is an idealistic pupil barrister being shown the ropes by his cynical, worldly-wise pupilmaster Caroline.

Mistakenly believing that his role is to serve justice ("No Will, a Barrister's job is to win"), Will must navigate his way through a criminal justice system seemingly designed to be as opaque and confusing as possible. While also dealing with his fellow pupils, each of them after the same single job at the end of their training and more than happy to stab each other in the back to get it.

Can he succeed and hold on to his principles? Or will the system claim another victim?

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