A TV comedy drama centred around Ken Dodd's trial for tax evasion is in development.
The script has been written by Clive Coleman and Richard Bean, who previously worked together on The Duke, the 2020 film starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. Bean is the creator of hit play One Man, Two Guvnors, whilst former barrister Coleman made 90s legal sitcom Chambers.
Ken Dodd, who died in 2018, was put on trial for tax evasion at Liverpool Crown Court in 1989. An investigation revealed he had hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash stashed in suitcases in his attic. When asked by the judge "what does £100,000 in a suitcase feel like?", Dodd replied "The notes are very light, M'Lord."
During the three week trial, Dodd struck up an unlikely friendship with his barrister. Carman told the court: "Some accountants are comedians, but comedians are never accountants."
Dodd was acquitted of the charges, and soon capitalised on his newfound notoriety, including booking runs of live shows at the London Palladium.
The prosecution's case was led by Brian Leveson, who went on to oversee The Leveson Inquiry into press standards.
George Carman died in 2001. In 1979 he successfully defended MP Jeremy Thorpe against a murder charge, a case that was focused on in 2018 BBC One series A Very English Scandal, with Adrian Scarborough playing the QC.
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