Criminal Justice DVD|
Brand new gritty BBC crime drama starring Ben Wishaw (Perfume Nathan Barley) and Pete Postlewaite (The Usual Suspects Brassed Off). Ben Coulter is an average man in his early twenties. One evening Ben takes his father's black cab without permission and ends up in a police cell. His crime however is not theft. What appears to be an evening of spontaneous fun with a sexy stranger culminates in a dead girl with Ben covered in her blood and holding the murder weapon. Despite the wealth of evidence against him and significant gaps in his memory Ben is sure he did not kill the girl. He is about to discover what the criminal justice system does to someone in the wrong place at the wrong time.from£5.69 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Brand new gritty BBC crime drama starring Ben Wishaw (Perfume Nathan Barley) and Pete Postlethwaite (The Usual Suspects Brassed Off) Ben Coulter is an average man in his early twenties One evening Ben takes his father&39;s black cab without permission and ends up in a police cell His crime however is not theft What appears to be an evening of spontaneous fun with a sexy stranger culminates in a dead girl with Ben covered in her blood and holding the murder weapon Despite the wealth of evidence against him and significant gaps in his memory Ben is sure he did not kill the girl He is about to discover what the criminal justice system does to someone in the wrong place at the wrong time Actors Ben Whishaw Pete Postlethwaite Lindsay Duncan Juliet Aubrey David Harewood Bill Paterson Charlie Creed-Miles Con O&39;Neill David Westhead Tim Plester Richenda Carey Daren Elliott Holmes Vineeta Rishi & Andy Gathergood Director Otto Bathurst & Luke Watson Certificate 15 years and over Year 2008 Languages English Duration 5 Hours (approx)
All five episodes of the tense BBC drama examining one young man's experiences of the justice system. When Ben Coulter (Ben Whishaw) decides to take his father's cab one night without permission, events take an unexpected course, leading to him being arrested on suspicion of murder. Discovered with a dead girl, and with the murder weapon in his hand, Ben's pleas of innocence appear hopeless, with the circumstantial evidence levelled against him set to demonstrate what devastating changes the criminal justice system can make to a life.
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Criminal JusticeBarnaby Walter
Ben Wishaw sufficed as Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the extraordinarily scent-aware star of "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer". Now, with a new hair cut and a life-style and setting closer to home, he plays Ben Coulter, a generally friendly, well thought of 21 year-old. Following a series of decisions and events (borrowing his Dad's taxi, picking up a young woman) he opts for a night of drug fuelled sex. When he wakes up the girl is dead with a knife wound to the heart, and he is slowly being taken down the degrading road of police procedure and criminal conviction.
The police procedural element is gritty, at times gruesome, but never boring enough to drive you to play "spot the famous actor" (though there are plenty to spot, Lindsay Duncan, Pete Postlewaite, Bill Paterson to name but a few). Scenes of bodily abuse in prison are occasionally hard to watch, as Ben realises good behaviour is the last thing that will keep him in the inmate"s good books.
Wishaw excels spectacularly as Ben, managing to portray his understandable fury and anxiety without shoving it down your throat. The whole five part drama succeeds in doing this, artfully showing characters in unjust situations, but by never patronising the audience. Brutal prison life is not dumbed down, nor glamorised. The same can be said for the courtroom scenes, which treat you as witness to the event, not someone looking through from behind a window.
Overall this series is a magnificent example of superbly made drama from the BBC, taking care not to overlook story, motivation and characterisation for needless action.
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