The Brief - Complete Collection
by Del Harvey
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As broadcast on England’s BBC television in 2004 and 2005, the legal drama series The Brief stars Alan Davies as Henry Farmer, a criminal practice barrier whose life is a mess.
The beloved Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) stars in the seriocomic misadventures of clever criminal law barrister Henry Farmer. With a mountain of gambling debts, an affair with an important politician’s wife, a distant son and a sharp-tongued father - who’s also a judge - Henry’s life is a symphony of chaos, both inside and outside the courtroom. Working with tough colleague Cleo Steyn (Cherie Lunghi, Excalibur), Henry will need all his wit and charm to secure justice for his clients and a reprieve for himself.
Henry’s relationships with his colleagues vary from straightforward and friendly to most hostile, the latter most often with his ally, Ray (Christopher Fulford); but also with his young protégé, Paul (Steven Alvey); and his coworker and friend, Maureen (Linda Bassett). His most complicated relationship is with fellow barrister, Cleo (Cherie Lunghi), as they have a back and forth dynamic that has them defending clients against each other one episode and confiding personal problems another. She’s as ambitious as he is scattered and the more interesting moments in the series are usually centered on their interactions.
The original program spanned two series and eight episodes, all of which appear in this comprehensive box set.
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Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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