Four-part drama series about the British juicidal system, dealing with an investigation presented from the perspectives of the police force, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system.






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Series cast summary:
Peter Dean Peter Dean ...  Jack Lynn 3 episodes, 1978
Derek Martin Derek Martin ...  D.I. Fred Pyall 3 episodes, 1978
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ...  Cathy Lynn 3 episodes, 1978
Billy Cornelius Billy Cornelius ...  D.S. Eric Lethridge 3 episodes, 1978
Alan Ford ...  Clifford Harding 3 episodes, 1978
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ...  Alex Gladwell 3 episodes, 1978
Fred Haggerty Fred Haggerty ...  D.C.I. Tony Simmons 3 episodes, 1978
Roy Sone Roy Sone ...  Micky Fielder 2 episodes, 1978
Barry Summerford Barry Summerford ...  John Tully 2 episodes, 1978
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ...  Benny Isaacs 2 episodes, 1978
Tony Barouch Tony Barouch ...  Colin Coleman 2 episodes, 1978
Mike Horsburgh Mike Horsburgh ...  D.I. Graham McHale 2 episodes, 1978
Douglas Sheldon ...  D.S. Jack Barcy 2 episodes, 1978
Mike Cummings Mike Cummings ...  Tommy Haines 2 episodes, 1978
Robert Oates Robert Oates ...  D.C. Warren Slater 2 episodes, 1978
Alan Clarke Alan Clarke ...  D.C. Ray Jenkins 2 episodes, 1978
Johnny Feltwell Johnny Feltwell ...  D.C. Matthew Hall 2 episodes, 1978
Colin Howells Colin Howells ...  D.C. Roger Humphries 2 episodes, 1978
Geoffrey Todd Geoffrey Todd ...  DC Peter Fenton 2 episodes, 1978
Jason White Jason White ...  D.C. Simon Brent 2 episodes, 1978
Dominic Allan ...  D.C.I. Chatt (A.10) / ... 2 episodes, 1978
Martin Gordon Martin Gordon ...  Mr. English 2 episodes, 1978
Frank Henson Frank Henson ...  Frank Ryan / ... 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Craze Peter Craze ...  T.D.C. Peter Footring 2 episodes, 1978
Eric Kent Eric Kent ...  D.I. Frank Kenley 2 episodes, 1978
Stanley McGeagh Stanley McGeagh ...  Gladwell's Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1978


Four-part drama series about the British juicidal system, dealing with an investigation presented from the perspectives of the police force, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system.

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Detective, criminal, lawyer, who should be the prisoner?


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6 April 1978 (UK) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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The initial broadcast caused a national outcry for suggesting that corruption was rife at all levels of law enforcement and the legal system. Politicians even tried to get the writer prosecuted for sedition. The BBC was prevented from selling the series abroad and would not rebroadcast it until 2009. See more »


Featured in The Real 'Life on Mars'! (2008) See more »

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Law & Order
10 December 2016 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

How to describe this mini-series - how about trying? While the idea of taking a set of circumstances and looking at them from different angles is by no means new, usually we are shown only two perspectives, here the viewer is given four, hence the word trying.

People who know about bent coppers, especially the way they were in the 1970s, will probably agree with the way they are portrayed here, but the portrayal of prison officers is more than a little uncharitable; they do a difficult job, and discipline must be maintained especially in those prisons that house the most dangerous and ruthless offenders. The lawyers including the barristers and the crotchety old judge are well characterised.

The villain at the centre of "Law & Order" may have been fitted up for the big one, but he had clearly been making a living at the expense of others for many years, so don't shed too many tears for him.

To make proper sense of this film you really need to watch all four segments, but to enjoy it, don't watch it in one sitting.

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