THE JUS­TICE GAME S1 & 2

SIM­PLY ME­DIA Out Now

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By PHILIP K EMP

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.

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