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New Street Law: Season 1

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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In a cutthroat legal world where truth and justice fight a constant battle, Jack Roper (John Hannah) is used to relying on his wits to win cases. But when he turns down a lucrative job offer from his mentor to strike out on his own, he not only risks their friendship but also his career.

Set in two rival barristers' chambers in the heart of Manchester, New Street Law follows Jack and his newly established firm as they pull out all the stops to prove their clients' innocence.

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New Street Law, a crisp legal procedural series from the BBC, stars John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy) as Jack Roper, a driven--perhaps even obsessive--defense lawyer with a small, struggling firm. The dense accents, particularly Hannah's Scots brogue, may take a brief getting used to, but the substance of the show will be familiar to fans of American lawyer series: A combination of compressed law cases, usually introduced and resolved within the hour, and the series-long arcs of the lawyers' messy personal lives. New Street Law starts on a fairly generic note, featuring a rivalry between defense lawyers and prosecutors, a standard motley crew within the firm (including a hotshot newbie, a slightly sleazy but charming guy, a staunch female lawyer who feels she has more to prove), and romantic tensions galore. But over the course of this eight-episode season the cast and writers of New Street Law find their stride, giving the characters more texture and increasingly complex relationships--and the prosecutors, including a senior lawyer played by Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark), get just as much exploration as the defense team. After wrestling with cases of arson, shoplifting, mental instability, corporate malfeasance, and medical malpractice, the series culminates with a grisly child murder case that may lead Roper to compromise his ethics. Don't look for onsite investigations or courtroom histrionics--the show realistically keeps its cast in legal chambers and, though there are certainly dramatic moments, doesn't let the cross-examinations get absurdly flashy. Egos and juicy personal vendettas abound, but the show's greatest strength is a clear-eyed picture of the deals made in the halls and conference rooms. All in all, a solid if standard legal program, with the added appeal of giving American viewers a glimpse into the similarities and differences of the British legal system. --Bret Fetzer

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Hannah, Paul Freeman, John Thompson, Lisa Faulkner
  • Directors: David Skynner, Julian Holmes, Emma Bodger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 466 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUHDCM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "New Street Law: Season 1" on IMDb

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By D. K. L. Raphael on September 30, 2008
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New Street Law - This show in both its first and second season is well acted and suitably ambivalent in its attitude to the way in which the law is handled in "the city". Whilst not seemingly adopting full ethical standards at law (though not so absolute in its rejection thereof as in "Shark") the show is wholly entertaining save that it truly does not take hold until the end of the third episode of the first season. I would recommend this series as quite entertaining but, at first, not quite griping until after the third episode as aforesaid.
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I'm always looking for good BBC series and this is one of them. I usually prefer crime mysteries but gave this a try and found it well worth it. I admit to being a little bias when it come to Hannah and if you like his style, you'll find it here. I bought both series and enjoyed them both.
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Koch Vision and BBC presents "NEW STREET LAW" (2006) (466 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Koch Vision collects all eight one-hour episodes of the first season of "New Street Law" onto a three-disc box set. The discs are housed in a three-panel digipak that slips into a glossy cardboard cover. Discs One and Two contain three episodes each (there are no episode titles); Disc Three contains the final two episodes --- Follow John Hannah's New Street Law, set in Manchester's legal community, follows the exploits, competitiveness and legal cases of two rival law firms of barristers that both have very different attitudes to justice --- The cast is outstanding, the writing is sharp and the direction is excellent.

Under the production staff of:
Julian Holmes - Director
David Skynner - Director
Emma Bodger - Director
G.F. Newman - Producer
Matthew Bird - Producer
Matthew Hall - Co-Producer/Screenwriter

Story line and plot, 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. Hannah and Freeman play Jack Roper and Laurence Scammel respectively, two barristers heading rival chambers in Manchester --- Roper's chamber works in defence, while Scammel--Roper's one-time mentor--works for prosecution --- A large supporting cast play members of Roper and Scammel's teams.

the cast includes
John Hannah ... Jack Roper
Paul Freeman ... Laurence Scammel QC
John Thomson ... Charlie Darling
Lisa Faulkner ... Laura Scammel
Chris Gascoyne ... Al Ware
Penny Downie ... Honor Scammel
Lara Cazalet ...
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No subtitles? No closed captions? Too bad. Once again the makers choose to ignore the 30 million Americans who are hearing impaired.
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Intriguing look at the British legal system. It reminds us of the
old American TV drama series, The Practice. Interesting
characters portrayed by talented actors who are more realistic --
unlike so many of their Hollywood peers. Deals with current
criminal as well as ethical issues the legal profession face.
Refreshing change from what is available everyday on American
television.
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This was an excellent series - witty and engaging stories. It's a shame the series was not extended.
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Series outdated. Cutting between scenes laughable; there's a sound like a chaff cutter and a rapid change of scene. Some might say it's an amateurish approach.
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