Courtroom drama in which each case is presented in three episodes. At the end of the third episode a jury of ordinary people who are not actors comes to a verdict on the evidence presented.
Series Fun Facts
- The jury was composed of ordinary lay people (not actors) chosen at random from the electoral roll of Manchester where the Granada TV studios were located. Only the jury foreman was an actor…
[show]The jury was composed of ordinary lay people (not actors) chosen at random from the electoral roll of Manchester where the Granada TV studios were located. Only the jury foreman was an actor - this was needed to comply with Equity rules on speaking parts only being given to Equity members. All the episodes of a given case were recorded on the same day and the jury was given thirty minutes to reach its verdict, based on the evidence that it had heard. For many stories, two endings were scripted and rehearsed to match whichever verdict (guilty or not guilty) the jury happened to return.
- Goof (factual errors): Defence Counsel Golding asks a witness to look at a newspaper "dated 11 September 1973" but the copy of the newspaper shown on screen is dated 28 December 1973.
- Goof (miscellaneous): After the Granada end-cap the camera suddenly jerks to a shot of the courtroom before the recording ends.