THE JUSTICE GAME S1 & 2
SIMPLY MEDIA Out Now
Originally broadcast by the BBC in 1989 and 1990, the two series of The Justice Game star Denis Lawson as hard-drinking, womanising and successful Glasgow criminal lawyer Dominic Rossi, whose social conscience doesn’t exactly endear him to the city’s major players.
Writer John Brown liked to run two stories in parallel, so Series 1 sees the lawyer defending an ex-soldier who’s accused of a vigilante killing, while also getting embroiled in a scam by businessmen who are involved in the city’s regeneration. The plot strands are less well linked in Series 2, which sees Rossi embroiled in another gangland killing that only marginally impinges on the matter of the beautiful Italian woman (Anita Zagaria from Under The Tuscan Sun) with whom he enjoyed a holiday fling. She shows up in Glasgow, fleeing her Red Brigade past.
Still, Lawson’s at his sharply cynical best throughout, aided by a rich cast that features Diana Quick, Michael Kitchen, Barbara Flynn and Joss Ackland, plus Paul Brooke enjoying himself as Rossi’s upper-crust colleague, Alistair Sinclair Murray. The Glasgow locations pay dividends in atmosphere, and Brown’s hard-bitten dialogue strikes sparks. Beware the cloth-eared subtitles, though.
Denis Lawson plusiain Cuthbertson ( above) and Celiaimrie.