Common - Written by Jimmy McGovern - As Seen on BBC1 DVD


Multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's brand new film based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law. 17-year-old Johnjo (Nico Mirallegro) gives his cousin Tony and his mates Colin and Kieran a last minute lift in his brother Patrick's car. They tell him they're going for pizza; Johnjo doesn't know that they're going to 'have a word' with a local loudmouth who needs putting in his place. As Johnjo waits in the car Kieran takes offence with an innocent bystander Thomas Ward who is fatally stabbed. The murder victim is the eldest child of Margaret (Susan... Lynch) and Tommy Ward (Daniel Mays) who has become estranged from his family after a bitter divorce. Struggling to make ends meet on her own Margaret is nevertheless determined to fight through bureaucracy and the cool indifference of the banks to give Thomas the send-off he deserves. Johnjo makes his own way to the police station and asks for DI Hastings (Robert Pugh). A career copper used to doing battle with 'no comment' Hastings can't believe his luck as Johnjo lays the blame squarely with Kieran. But Hastings wants everyone possible to be tried for murder and with the joint enterprise doctrine at his disposal that includes Johnjo. Also starring Jodhi May Michelle Fairley and Sir Michael Gambon. [show more]

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15 September 2014
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Nico Mirallegro stars in this British drama alongside Michael Gambon, Daniel Mays and Michelle Fairley. When 17-year-old Johnjo O'Shea (Mirallegro) agreed to take his friends to the local pizza restaurant he had no way of knowing that he would later be charged as an accessory to premeditated murder. When one of the friends stabs and kills someone, the Joint Enterprise Law known as the Common Law entitles the court to grant all of the boys involved the same sentence. As Johnjo's parents fight to prove his innocence in the crime, the victim's family strive for justice.