This week’s episode of Silk concentrated on Clive Reader. Last week I described a conflict as to who was the real Silk amongst Martha and Clive. If last week was about putting doubt in the audience’s mind over who was behaving like a Silk, this week demonstrated that Reader isn’t Silk and has some way to go before he gets there. Attempting to find out why he wasn’t successful, he infers that the decision may be Wednesbury unreasonable, therefore justiciable under judicial review and is given the answer that it may have something to do with his amorous adventures with Niamh Cranitch.
The next reminder that Reader isn’t Silk comes when he travels to his alma-mater, Oxford, in order to prosecute a sexual assault case. His opposition, one seemingly as young as him, are all QCs and do not pass up opportunities to rub Reader’s face in the proverbial dirt. The audience is let into Reader’s world and how he finds himself rallying against the privilege that undoubtedly did not hurt to have when he attempted to join the legal profession. Isn’t that a novel idea? Last year’s rivals for Silk from Shoe Lane are either from a working class background or are privileged and still feel the desire to represent the disadvantaged. The way it is highlighted seems as if the intention of the revelation of information is to say to the audience ‘Isn’t the Bar diverse? Even our privileged Barristers fight against privilege’.
After receiving information from a journalist and an old Oxford friend, Reader decides not to share them with opposing counsel. Instead, he uses one piece of information to secure an admission of guilt. What would Martha say? Tsk tsk.
Oh, she warns him that it is quite serious and could mean the end of his career. When you’ve done cocaine at a Chamber’s party, shagged your pupil who happens to be the daughter of a Judge and attempted to leave Shoe Lane in order to set up a new Chambers, breaking the Bar Standards Board’s rules are probably somewhat clandestine. Next week promises to develop that storyline so I shan’t say any more, other than to say that Peter Moffat legal dramas do love the Barrister in front of the BSB for misconduct storylines. Check out North Square for Billy’s BSB hearing for punching another Barrister in the robing rooms.
If you hadn’t forgotten, Silk also touches on the career of Martha Costello. This week, she is seemingly trying to play social worker for a client charged with attempted murder, which is conveniently dropped by Lady Macbeth in order to get into Martha and Alan Cowdrey’s (sitting as a Recorder) good books. Intense anger and violence followed an accusation that the defendant’s girlfriend is or was a ‘whore’, though not immediately. It was the Defendant’s love for both his child and his girlfriend that Ms Costello suggested should save him from a custodial sentence. A plea seemingly falling on deaf ears for Mr Cowdrey QC.