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"Engaging" —The Observer (U.K.)
"Davies is excellent" —Glasgow Evening Times (U.K.)
Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) stars in the seriocomic misadventures of clever criminal law barrister Henry Farmer, whose every day is a juggling act between surviving his messy personal life and pleading cases only he can win.
Whether he’s trying to keep an innocent person from going to jail or save himself from financial ruin, Henry’s life is a symphony of chaos, both inside and outside the courtroom. His long list of problems includes a mountain of gambling debts, an affair with an important politician’s wife (Zara Turner, Sliding Doors), a distant son, and a sharp-tongued father—who’s also a judge.
Working with tough colleague Cleo Steyn (Cherie Lunghi, Excalibur) and alongside a cast of colorful characters (including Christopher Fulford, Millions, and Linda Bassett, Calendar Girls), Henry will need all his wit and charm to secure justice for his clients and a reprieve for himself.
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My fellow reviewer, "Doc" Wolf, has outlined the eight episodes for you, so I won't rehash that. What made this series most interesting for me - and I hope others - that, line many of fine British crime shows, the actual crime cases take a back seat to the series character's own lives. Farmer is separated from his wife (who is raising their 12 year old son) and is having an "affair" with a woman whose husband is terminally ill (and is fully aware of the affair because he wants her to be happy). I'm not giving you a "spoiler alert" because this relationship is revealed early in first episode and forms just one of the "back stories" in the series. Another is Farmer's gambling habit. But there's some humor in this series as well, which makes it well rounded.
Each episode runs about 70 minutes and the "Complete Season" set is packaged as "Series One" and "Series Two".
Like me, some of the British court system language and the various "management levels" in Farmer's law firm may confuse you, but you can gather most of it easily. The accents can sometime - not often, but sometimes - be hard to decipher but the DVD has an English subtitle option to overcome that issue.
It's series like "the Brief" that never make it to US television and so I'm thankful to Acorn for giving us the opportunity to experience them.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Henry Farmer (Alan Davies-Jonathan Creek) is a gambler, divorcee, bad dad, speech defective, debtor, biker, & obviously lawyer. All these characteristics adding up to believability of Davies portrayal. There is a number of chamber office people from barristers to clerk that appear in every episode, including Linda Bassett (Lark Rise to Candleford: The Complete Season One). Smaller parts by great stars like George Innes (Upstairs, Downstairs: Series One) & Camilla Power (The Grand). Add a number of prominent episode cast additions as guest stars and you get a great set of 8 episodes, over 70 minutes each and all coming
Series One:Episode 1 The Road to Hell -Farmer tackles multiple cases due to being short of funds to pay alimony & gamble. Barn, and he must face Judge `Dad'. Peter Perry-Jones (...Read more ›
Having just watched and admired John Deed from A-Z, I thought The Brief might seem a little lame in comparison. But no! Some of the storylines are hard-hitting and just as controversial, I would have thought, as those taken on by the Judge.
The two seasons are all too Brief. I wonder why a longer series didn't materialise? Surely, there's plenty of material for stories at the Old Bailey, and plenty of scope for character development?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent series with a different take on the legal system (I am used to the L&O series in the US) with interesting characters and plotlessness. Read morePublished 4 months ago by frank bell
This was a pleasant surprise. An adult series dealing with current problems that face the judicial system, without the sensationalism that is in most
most programs, of the... Read more
Very funny take on very serious subjects. Nobody does it like the Brits. I'm an Alan Davies fan so I wanted to see him in a serious role, he was great!Published 5 months ago by MCM
I wasn't sure about this, as Alan Davies is a comedian and althought I'd seen him in Jonathan Creek, I just wasn't sure about this one...But I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jill Hughes
I enjoy watching this show and am glad that I got the entire series in one set.Published 8 months ago by P. Terry