Silk: series premiere, Thursday, May 3
Fans of barrister-turned-screenwriter Peter Moffat's earlier work, the short-lived but much admired North Square, as well as Kavanagh QC and Cambridge Spies, shouldn't be disappointed by his latest legal drama. Drawing on Moffat's experiences, it's built around a group of driven barristers working in the criminal courts. At the centre is Martha Costello (Maxine Peake), a cold, emotionally detached defence lawyer who is frowned on by her upper-class male colleagues. Her rival is the dashing Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones), who, like Costello, is in the running to become Queen's Counsel. The cases themselves are given more screen time than in most legal dramas, the hard-luck stories of those trapped in a flawed criminal justice system producing some rich and involving ethical and moral dilemmas.