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A series about life at the Bar, the agonising dilemmas and difficulties that modern-day barristers have to face after ‘taking silk’. Available on BBC One, BBC HD and on BBC iPlayer

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Silk is based on the writer Peter Moffat's experience working at the Bar. In an interview with The Guardian, Peter said: "I want to tell it as it really is.

“The extreme pressure, the hard choices, the ethical dilemmas, the overlap between the personal and the professional, principles fought for and principles sacrificed, the Machiavellian politics, the sex, the drinking, the whole story—life at the bar is the richest possible drama territory."

Silk, the title of the show, refers to the act of being accepted as a member of the Queen’s Counsel, known as "taking silk".

When appearing in court, Queen's Counsel wear distinctive wigs and silk gowns. Hence the phrase “taking silk”.

The series Silk follows a team of barristers based at a London chambers. The focus of the series is on the principal character Martha Costello (played by Maxine Peake) and her ambition to become Queen's Counsel. Her nemesis Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones) is also after the coveted title.

Other chamber trainees also include Niamh Cranitch (Natalie Dormer) and Nick Slade (Tom Hughes), while Billy Lamb, the chambers’ senior clerk, is played by Neil Stuke.

Writer of the series Peter Moffat also wrote Criminal Justice, North Square and an episode of Kavanagh QC.

It was announced by the BBC in 2012 that Silk will return for a third series. The show’s creator/writer Peter Moffat said: "I feel very privileged and lucky. Can't wait to get going”.


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