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Silk: Season One (DVD)

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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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EBBGKTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M Marsh on September 22, 2013
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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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Liann Jeffrey on 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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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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