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New Street Law: Season 2 (2008)

John Hannah , Jayne Ashbourne , David Skynner , Clara Glynn  |  Unrated |  DVD

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The Hit BBC ONE Legal Series Returns!

Accused of fabricating a defense, Jack Roper (John Hannah) throws his life and the lives of his colleagues into turmoil after his single-minded pursuit of the truth puts his career in jeapordy. Tensions run high between Jack’s chambers and those of the prosecution, headed by his one-time mentor, Laurence Scammel (Paul Freeman), much to the annoyance of Laurence’s daughter, Laura (Lisa Faulkner). Relations become more complex between Charlie Darling (John Thomson) and his wife, Tessa (Susie Amy), as well as between Jack and Laura, who can no longer resist their mutual attraction.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Street Law 1st & 2nd Series July 5, 2008
As a trial attorney in the U.S. I have seen/watched every legal drama series on TV, both US and Britain. Without question, New Street Law is the best that has yet to come along!It's hard to select which feature stands out the most..............the acting is superb; the plots and the actual trial cases are not only realistic,they are clever,fantastic,and keep your attention at all times. The interaction between the characters is outstanding, and each character is very well developed. The plots are very well written, and combine interesting facts as well as significant ethical issues which are handled extremely well. Along with the marvelous drama, there was appropriate humor. Americans have the added interesting aspect of seeing the Solicitor/Barrister system up close. How can they possibly intend to stop after only the two series?? This is the quality of television that comes along rarely,and should be encouraged and expanded, not abruptly ended. SURELY THERE WILL BE A SEASON THREE??!!??
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Koch Vision and BBC presents "NEW STREET LAW: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON" (2007) (360 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- In February 2007 the second, and final, season of British drama NEW STREET LAW reached television screens --- The show follows two competing barristers, Jack Roper (John Hannah) and his former mentor Laurence Scammel (Paul Freeman), who both work for rival chambers in Manchester --- The tension mounts as Jack's career hits the skids in this season, although this doesn't prevent him from dueling with Laurence at every opportunity he gets --- The show builds to a dramatic climax over these six episodes, with NEW STREET LAW ending on a real knife edge as viewers are left mulling over a cliffhanger ending to the series --- The cast is outstanding, the writing is sharp and the direction is excellent.

Under the production staff of:
Clara Glynn - Director
David Skynner - Director
Dominic Keavey - Director
Nicola Shindler - Executive Producer
Matthew Bird - Producer
Matthew Hall - Co-Producer/Screenwriter
Nikki Smith - Assistant Producer
James McIntyre - Screenwriter
Chris Bucknall - Screenwriter
Michael Eaton - Screenwriter

Story line and plot, The hit BBC legal series returns with all new drama as Jack Roper (John Hannah) throws his life and the lives of his colleagues into turmoil after his single-minded pursuit of the truth puts his career in jeopardy --- New Street Law is a British television legal drama series produced by Red Production Company in association with One-Eyed Dog Ltd for BBC One --- The series was created by G. F. Newman and Matthew Hall, and stars an ensemble cast headed by John Hannah and Paul Freeman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Drama at its best. May 3, 2008
Ok I got hooked after the first episode of season one. It is no Rumpole with tales and events but down to earth look at issues facing Britain and Europe in their quest for a united EEC. A purely British way of looking at themselves from within their continuously changing society. The humor is extremely complex, politically incorrect and very adult. It questions the established conventions with needs or reasoning of right or wrong. What is right and what is wrong and who determines which? The talent is British actors and actresses at their finest. The characters are as complex as the issues, but are presented as individuals with individual problems, both at work and in their personal lives. Surprisingly there are no weak characters in line up or the cast. This kind of drama is not my cup of tea so to speak. So I was completely surprised and pleased with this wonderful series. I am looking forward to season three.
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3.0 out of 5 stars British Justice. . . August 27, 2008
This highly enjoyable "legal eagles" series features several of my favorite stalwarts from British TV and film over the years, John Hannah (of "McCallum" and "The Mummy" fame), Penny Downie (PD James's Adam Dalgliesh series), and Paul Freeman (everyone's favorite cheerful villain - he was the suave, unprincipled anthropologist in the Indiana Jones movies), as well as a group of other British TV stars that I am just getting to know through this series.

One interesting aspect of the show is that it opens a window on the differences between the American and British justice systems. And, while most American cop/legal shows focus on catching the bad guys and prosecuting them, this series is weighted toward the other side: the efforts of the defense to ensure that the alleged (sometimes actual) perps, many of whom are poor and/or of color, get a fair shake in court.

This set is Season Two, and it was quite as enjoyable as Season One, which I also own. Set in Manchester (which, like Liverpool and Newcastle, is no longer just another gritty, grimy, English industrial city), the show follows the opposing careers of two barristers. In the UK a barrister is a trial lawyer, as opposed to a "solicitor", a private lawyer who doesn't do trial work. Jack Roper (John Hannah), is a defense lawyer, while Lawrence Scammel (Paul Freeman), is what we would call the public prosecutor who acts on behalf of the state to get the perps sent up. There is more to their rivalry than mere courtroom oneupmanship: Roper was once a member of Scammel's chambers and one of his most promising protegees. Roper's defection to the defense and setting up of his own chambers hurt Scammel and his wife and daughter, also prosecution barristers, who felt that Roper had betrayed them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good well presented
Published 1 month ago by jan mcmillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluency.. maturity and full of surprises. another ...
Fluency ..maturity and full of surprises.another outing on the mark and
Off to the races..urging the listener to keep up.
Published 2 months ago by the X man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was an excellent series - witty and engaging stories. It's a shame the series was not extended.
Published 3 months ago by Paul R Gutowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
New Street Law is a good story, great acting, love it and I wish there were many more. But I have a feeling there will not be any.
Published 5 months ago by Lindalee Ausejo
5.0 out of 5 stars want more.
very good stories, wonderfully acted but all to brief. come on! you can"t have the main characters wiped out in an auto accident and call that the finish. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lawrence Wakefield
5.0 out of 5 stars last of the series
Sad that it ends here,,,,,,great program - must see for legal eagles. JOhn Hannah is still the best! and the program is wonderful......quite captivating.
Published on September 4, 2012 by lulu
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Good But Could Have Been Better
I Enjoyed New Stae Law And Loved All The Actors In This Show/
It's Moves Well And The Scripts Are WonderfulI Did Order The 2nd. Read more
Published on July 26, 2009 by Stanley Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars More season Please
This was such a good programe, and they should have done more than 2 seasons. The only problem with it is they new they were only doing 2 seasons so they should not leave it... Read more
Published on October 5, 2008 by F. Maggiolo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
This second season of New Street Law had lots of twists and turns--just as one would expect after the first season. Read more
Published on May 15, 2008 by T. Casteleiro
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