The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - FOOD & DRINK - Nigel An­drew

Fol­low­ing a hugely as­sured first se­ries, the BBC’S qual­ity le­gal drama re­turns, with Martha Costello (Max­ine Peake, cen­tre) now a QC, and her ri­val Clive Reader (Ru­pert Penry-jones, right) lick­ing his wounds. At Shoe Lane Cham­bers, se­nior clerk Billy (Neil Stuke, left) is look­ing very pleased with him­self, as usual, but in re­al­ity he’s strug­gling to keep things afloat. And it doesn’t help when Martha, on her first case as a QC, looks like alien­at­ing old-school solic­i­tor Micky Joy (Phil Davis), who brings the cham­bers a lot of busi­ness. In court, Martha finds her­self up against Caro­line War­wick (Frances Bar­ber), a no­to­ri­ous QC known as Lady Mac­beth – while Clive dis­cov­ers that he has more than met his match when he en­coun­ters solic­i­tor ‘Ge­orge’ Dug­gan (Indira Varma). A great start. Tues­day, 9pm, BBC1.

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