No one explores the human cost of crime and punishment with more depth and resonance than Lynda La Plante, creator of the critically lauded Prime Suspect. In this Law & Order-like British series, La Plante follows cases from the commission of the crime to the trial of the accused. She examines grueling, pressure-packed police investigations in all their gritty detail-the sudden insight that can crack a case and the careless mistake that can jeopardize justice. Going behind closed doors, she reveals the strategies of both prosecution and defense as they maneuver toward a final verdict.
With its first-rate cast, innovative direction, and daring storytelling, Trial & Retribution ratchets up suspense at every turn. No emotions are spared, and no characters emerge unscathed in this unflinching detective drama. 4 episodes, 4 DVDs, approx. 804 minutes.
When five-year-old Julie Harris goes missing from the playground of a public housing project in East London, the police launch a desperate search that brings results too late. DS Michael Walker joins DI Pat North in the subsequent murder investigation. They target Michael Dunn, a disheveled, unemployed alcoholic who lives in a squalid flat in the neighborhood. Although circumstantial evidence against Dunn mounts, the police still lack a crucial link between him and the crime--even as the case nears trial.
After a prostitute's tortured, mutilated body turns up on a garbage heap, DS Michael Walker and DI Pat North know they face an exceptionally sadistic psychopath. Two other women soon suffer similar attacks, and one miraculously survives. Struggling bravely, she leads police to Damon Morton, owner of an electronics repair business. But three of Morton's employees confess to the crimes and seem intent on protecting him, even if it means going to prison. What mysterious hold does Morton have on these men? And can it survive at trial?
Petite, 15-year-old Cassie Booth vanishes in the midst of her newspaper delivery route. DS Michael Walker's hopes of finding her alive fade when an anonymous tip leads to grisly clues and eventually to a suspect. Meanwhile, DI Pat North--now working on the vice squad and living with Walker--responds to a complaint from wealthy businessman Stephen Warrington, whose pursuit of her turns increasingly persistent and sinister. After North uncovers links between her stalker and Cassie's kidnapping, two men go to trial--each pointing an accusing finger at the other.
DI Pat North joins a team reopening an eight-year-old case involving James McCready, convicted of murdering his live-in partner. Citing new evidence, barrister and MP candidate Robert Rylands wants to overturn McCready's conviction as a gay rights issue and stir up media interest to his political advantage. Personal and professional pressures mount when North uncovers irregularities involving her lover, DS Michael Walker, who led the original McCready investigation. Suspended from duty, Walker sets off to save his relationship, clear his reputation, and keep the convicted killer behind bars.
- Interview with creator Lynda La Plante
- Biography of Lynda La Plante
- Glossary of terms
Packaging: Boxed Set
Run Time: 804 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
"So damn addictive that you can't stop watching them"--Film.com
"Absolutely gripping, all the way down the line"--DVD Talk
"Gritty crime-drama series"--Evening Standard (London)
"Superior to Law & Order thanks to its depth of realism and emotion, on par with La Plante's earlier series, Prime Suspect"--FilmMonthly
"A British spin on the Law & Order format"--The Boston Globe
"The mysteries are smartly crafted and acted all the way."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Adapts the Dick Wolf show's format to the British system -- normally a recipe for yawns, but in this case it energizes it in fascinating and compelling ways....Distinguished by great writing and acting... as if there's any other kind in the UK."--IGN Digigod Blog
"Think of it as a grittier (no surprise there) "Law & Order."...Stylistically though, "Trial" is more innovative"--The Washington Times
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment, 1998)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Original Television Music (1998)
Royal Television Society Award (UK) Nomination for Best Single Drama (1998)
Liverpool Echo Arts Award for Best Television Writer (Lynda La Plante, 1997)