Criminal Justice 1

One night can change your life forever

A stylish crime thriller from the BBC, directed by Otto Bathurst and starring Ben Whishaw and Pete Postlethwaite. Twenty three year old Ben Coulter embarks upon a spontaneous evening of fun with Melanie, a sexy and charismatic stranger. As one thing leads to another – they end up at her place and Ben’s life is changed forever. In the morning he wakes to find Melanie stabbed to death in bed. He is covered in blood and holding the murder weapon. If only he can recall what happened that night.

 

From the moment he is arrested, a game of cat and mouse ensues between DCI Box, an old school policeman and Ralph Stone, Ben’s duty solicitor. In the middle are Ben’s parents – at sea in the system with the certainties they felt about their son turned upside down. Could he really be a rapist or a murderer? Criminal Justice won BAFTA awards for Best Drama Serial and Best Writer and Ben Whishaw achieved a Best Actor International Emmy Award for his portrayal of Ben Coulter. It was the top rated BBC mini-series of the year.

 

STARRING: Ben Whishaw (Perfume,Brideshead Revisited, Bright Star) and Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of The Father, The Usual Suspects)

CREATED BY: Peter Moffat (Cambridge Spies, North Square)

DIRECTOR: Otto Bathurst (Hustle, Five Days)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Hilary Salmon (Five Days, House of Saddam)



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Press

“nerve-shreddingly exciting” The Sunday Telegraph "takes the worn-out formula of the cop show and demonstrates there is something new to be said." "an inventive.....

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Awards

WINNER BEST ACTOR, RTS AWARDS 2010 WINNER BEST ACTOR, INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS 2009 WINNER BEST DRAMA SERIAL, BAFTA 2009 WINNER PETER MOFFAT BEST SHORT FORM TV DRAMA, WRITERS' GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN 2009

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