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Defending the Guilty

Season 1
Will Packham is an idealistic pupil barrister - or idealistic for now. His clients are at least as guilty as sin. His pupil master Caroline thinks he is a gutless snowflake. His fellow pupils want the same job as him and would stab each other to get it. Over the course of two days, Will has to defend a would-be murderer, keep a young slam poet out of custody and fetch Caroline a range of pastries.
20196 episodes
TV-14
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Episodes

  1. S1 E1 - Episode 1
    September 19, 2018
    30min
    TV-14
    Will Packham is an idealistic pupil barrister - or idealistic for now. His clients are at least as guilty as sin. His pupilmaster Caroline thinks he is a gutless snowflake. His fellow pupils want the same job as him and would stab each other to get it. Over the course of two days, Will has to defend a would-be murderer, keep a young slam poet out of custody and fetch Caroline a range of pastries.
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  2. S1 E2 - Episode 2
    September 24, 2019
    29min
    TV-14
    As Will grapples with whether to tell his girlfriend about his recent indiscretion, his new-found notoriety throws up a juicy opportunity. Meanwhile, Caroline wonders how much to let the jury know about a particularly unappealing client.
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  3. S1 E3 - Episode 3
    October 1, 2019
    27min
    TV-14
    Caroline and Will take on a last-minute case, only to find themselves in a battle with the clock, a skittish victim, and an underfunded system to bring a horrible criminal to justice. Meanwhile, the pupils' battle for tenancy heats up, alliances are formed, and things get dirty.
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  4. S1 E4 - Episode 4
    October 8, 2019
    29min
    TV-14
    A series of odd incidents on the Tube lands Caroline and Will with a hard-to-read client. Harmless crank or weirdo perv? Meanwhile, Ashley is making political moves, and Will tries to get to know Caroline better, only to wish he hadn't.
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  5. S1 E5 - Episode 5
    October 15, 2019
    28min
    TV-14
    Chambers is putting the pupils through their paces in a professionally acted mock trial. Will learns the brutal art of cross-examination from Caroline - only to find it's a skill he needs in his personal life too.
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  6. S1 E6 - Episode 6
    October 22, 2019
    29min
    TV-14
    It's the day the pupils get 'on their feet': addressing a court for the first time. But Will is reeling from the break-up of his relationship - and wondering whether the law is really for him.
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Audio languages
English
Subtitles
English [CC]
Directors
Jim Field Smith
Starring
Will SharpeKatherine ParkinsonGwyneth Keyworth
Studio
BBC Studios
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