Feb. 22, 2011
60 min.
BBC One TV Network

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Martha Costello is in her thirties, single, passionate and a Defence Barrister applying for Silk (Highest ranking of a Barrister). Innocent until proven guilty are four words she lives by. But how does this fundamental principle stand up to examination by clients who are sometimes good, sometimes bad and sometimes evil? Martha is faced with challenging cases and surprising clients.

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After graduating from Salford University, Peake trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. ...

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Martha is funny, bright and without guile. Martha lives for her career which always comes before her personal life. She says what she thinks and doesn't dress it up in legal speak which is rare at the Bar. Clients love her because her honesty and lack of self-importance is a breath of fresh air in Law-land. But her straight-talking sometimes gets her into trouble and she tends to rub the establishment up the wrong way. Not necessarily the best thing when you’re a Silk.

In the course of this series Martha begins to question herself; what she does, why she does it and why she believes in it. For the first time we see Martha truly vulnerable and disillusioned - glimpsing beneath the battle armor she wears so well.

As Martha negotiates her own feelings towards the law, she finds herself privy to other people’s secrets, a growing pressure on her as she struggles to know what to do with the knowledge.

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