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

Defending The Guilty

BBC Two sitcom about the judiciary. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2018 - 2019. Stars Will Sharpe, Katherine Parkinson, Gwyneth Keyworth, Hugh Coles and others.

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


Will is an idealistic pupil barrister. But his boss doesn't respect him, his clients are all guilty and he is fighting for his job. He is starting to wonder if he has got what it takes.

Further details

Will and Caroline are defending an old lag of a murder suspect with overwhelming evidence against him. But what with Caroline being distracted by her failed silk application they end up pleading innocent anyway.

Meanwhile, Will learns from his fellow pupils that he's last in the running for the job at the end of the year and - worrying all his work has been for nothing - does something he'll regret. Only, a bit of smart thinking can partially save the day, and a piece of brutal cynicism goes a little further.


Many of the scenes from this pilot were re-used in Episode 1 of the series.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 19th September 2018
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Will Sharpe Will Packham
Katherine Parkinson Caroline Bratt
Gwyneth Keyworth Danielle
Hugh Coles Liam
Prasanna Puwanarajah Ashley
Guest cast
Emily Berrington Pia
Sofia Barclay Selina
Ian Burfield Mike
Georgie Glen Judge
Shanu Hazzan Jake
Grace Hoggg-Robinson Gracie
Cally Lawrence Lorraine
Nneka Okoye Becca
Marcus Onilude DI Soulsby
Jessica Ransom Nessa
Kirsty Wark Self (Voice)
Writing team
Kieron Quirke Writer
Production team
Jim Field Smith Director
Georgie Fallon Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Saurabh Kakkar Executive Producer
Jim Field Smith Executive Producer
Kieron Quirke Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer

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