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Silk: Season 1 (2013)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EBBGKTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,158 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Silk follows the rivalry, tension, passion and intrigue of life on the front line of criminal law. Martha Costello (Maxine Peake, Little Dorrit) is a brilliant, passionate defense barrister with a reputation for defending the poor and downtrodden. She is about to embark on the next step of her career and apply to be a member of the highly prestigious Queen's Counsel. But she's not the only one at her chambers applying. Joining Martha is Clive Reader (Rupert Penry Jones, MI-5); charming and ruthless, funny, gifted and dangerous. Only one is likely to be made QC so how they perform in court is vital and Clive knows how to play the game

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Television has been populated by so many legal dramas through the years, it has become increasingly difficult to make the genre seem fresh and exciting. "Silk" is just the latest affair from the BBC. Premiering in 2011, the show is ramping up for the debut of its third season later this year in Britain after having its second season nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Program. Unlike comparable American programming, British television tends to be served up in much smaller doses. Therefore, Season One of "Silk" is defined by only six hour long episodes. The show is based around a group of ambitious barristers (led by Maxine Peake as Martha Costello) who all seek advancement within the legal field. The next step up the career ladder is to appointed to the Queen's Council (QC) and that honor is referred to as "taking silk" due to the gowns worn at that level. As this is a merit based appointment, it is imperative to be noticed as a winner. So "Silk," while episodic in nature, has its protagonists looking toward the future with a particularly competitive edge.

"Silk" is certainly a well made courtroom drama with an appealing cast but, truth be told, I'm not sure it is quite as distinguished or unique as I would have liked. Peake is a solid lead, earnest and steadfast. As a defense barrister, she zealously pursues the truth. Of course, entrenched with strong convictions and the notion that everyone is innocent until proven otherwise, you can imagine that this can lead to certain disillusionment when faced with corrupt clients. Her primary foil is played by the reliable Rupert Penry-Jones as Clive Reader. Not quite as principled as Peake, his charm, pragmatism, and bravado have taken him far.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Drama September 22, 2013
By M Marsh
Format:DVD
Seasons one and two of Silk are extraordinary, splendidly written and splendidly acted drama. Yes, Silk is a "legal drama," but somehow that category seems quite inadequate. Although the characters' "home lives" are implied they are virtually never dramatized. On the other hand the rivalries and tensions of their work lives are vivid, believable and fascinating. And although the courtroom battles are perforce conducted verbally, each one turns out to reveal so much more about the various cases assigned to the barristers that it seems fair to call them both mysteries and thrillers. My husband and I watched these side by side, and at times we were convulsed with laughter, at times in tears, and most of the time we were simply riveted. In fact we found Silk too exciting to watch directly before bedtime. But do be very clear about this: these dramas are for the many reviewers here who hunger for highly intelligent television and bemoan the swift cancelation of excellent shows in favor of "reality television" (terrible misnomer) or soap opera schlock. While it is true that we will very soon re-watch both seasons, it is also true that we went back so often to re-watch and clarify or simply to savor scenes that we have very nearly watched it twice already. Excellence like this is the reason we bought an all-region DVD and buy nearly as much from Amazon UK as we do here. And now I'll begin the rather breathless wait for the third season of Silk to run on British television so that they'll release the DVDs.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silk, series 1 Episode 4 September 30, 2013
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Why are two crucial scenes omitted? Why is this episode missing the conversation between Billy and Jake, where they discuss Martha's pregnancy? It makes the confrontation between her and her pupil, over her behavior toward the police panel, seem inappropriate. Billy telling Jake about her pregnancy means that all of chambers is made aware of her condition. How can I be charged for an episode that deletes such vital information? Where is the argument with Martha and Billy over her needing "gentle" treatment? This goes directly to the difficulty of life at the bar for women. How can Amazon believe that this acceptable?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Television has been populated by so many legal dramas through the years, it has become increasingly difficult to make the genre seem fresh and exciting. "Silk" is just the latest affair from the BBC. Premiering in 2011, the show is ramping up for the debut of its third season later this year in Britain after having its second season nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Program. Unlike comparable American programming, British television tends to be served up in much smaller doses. Therefore, Season One of "Silk" is defined by only six hour long episodes. The show is based around a group of ambitious barristers (led by Maxine Peake as Martha Costello) who all seek advancement within the legal field. The next step up the career ladder is to appointed to the Queen's Council (QC) and that honor is referred to as "taking silk" due to the gowns worn at that level. As this is a merit based appointment, it is imperative to be noticed as a winner. So "Silk," while episodic in nature, has its protagonists looking toward the future with a particularly competitive edge.

"Silk" is certainly a well made courtroom drama with an appealing cast but, truth be told, I'm not sure it is quite as distinguished or unique as I would have liked. Peake is a solid lead, earnest and steadfast. As a defense barrister, she zealously pursues the truth. Of course, entrenched with strong convictions and the notion that everyone is innocent until proven otherwise, you can imagine that this can lead to certain disillusionment when faced with corrupt clients. Her primary foil is played by the reliable Rupert Penry-Jones as Clive Reader. Not quite as principled as Peake, his charm, pragmatism, and bravado have taken him far.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for season two!
I am an American attorney & know way too little about the English legal system. I was fascinated about the workings of the English legal system as illustrated in this series! Read more
Published 3 days ago by J. Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars review
This is as usual an excellent British drama, lots of good story lines, I particulaly liked it as a former government attorney as it shows the hassel of getting cases the day of the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by colombiankitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Silk 1
A cast of actors who are well known in their own right, another "Piece of Home!" Well acted with believable stories and an occasional glimpse of London and obviously the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Glenda Barton
4.0 out of 5 stars Move over Good Wife, Silk rules!
I guess I am really into the BBC and Public Television. This series is a fascinating look at the British legal system, so very different than the USA. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Holly Golightly
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't quit watching!
Gripping… Martha, Billy and the two pupils are the only truly believable characters but it is so well written that the pace pulls you along … couldn't quit watching!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by ann durham
5.0 out of 5 stars Silk, Season I
It's a bright and fresh take on the legal milieu. Maxine Peake is brilliant and nuanced; Rupert Penry-Jones is brilliant, as always, and one of the most watchable men on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joni Resce
4.0 out of 5 stars Really like shows from the BBC
Good courtroom drama from the BBC about the Crown Prosecution Services in the UK.
Well done characters and dialogue. Interesting cases. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Don S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British Drama
This is a well done portrayal of the British legal system. The acting and storyline keep you wanting for more.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Show about the British Legal System
We enjoyed Silk, Season 1 and we usually like to watch British shows, especially those that involve the British legal system. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allison Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there more to come?
Very engrossing with charming characters and a good blend of serious v. comedic. One of those shows where you get involved with the players. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denise F. Eliot
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I noticed her too and have been hoping her part would be continued in the second series. Her character's part is continuous throughout the season, is an interesting part and she does it extremely interestingly. It isn't quite as big as Maxine Peake's part, but the interactions between her and... Read more
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