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Masterpiece Theatre; Jury, The

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Masterpiece Theatre
Jury, The
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Derek Jacobi (“I, Claudius,” “The Wyvern Mystery”) and Antony Sher (“Mrs. Brown”) star as opposing lawyers locked in battle over the fate of a Sikh teenager accused of slaying his classmate with a sword. When the fiery courtroom arguments are over, the case goes to the jury and the real drama begins. Viewers will already have seen the enthralling lives of the starkly different jurors charged with choosing guilt or innocence. But their path to a verdict is surprising and impossible to predict. 3217--A diverse jury is chosen for the politically explosive trial of Sikh teenager Duvinder Singh (Sonnell Dadral), charged with the gruesome killing of a white student at his school. Battling the case are two of England’s most prestigious barristers: QC (Queen’s Counsel) George Cording (Derek Jacobi) for the defense and QC Gerald Lewis (Antony Sher) for the prosecution. The jurors range from beautician Rose Davies (Helen McCrory) to bankrupt Jeremy Crawford (Nicholas Farrell), salesman Peter Segal (Michael Maloney) to single mom Marcia Thomas (Nina Sosanya), recluse Elsie Beamish (Sylvia Sims) to recovering alcoholic Johnnie Donne (Gerard Butler), and prospective priest Charles Gore (Stuart Bunce) to pushy businesswoman Eva Prohaska (Gillian Barge). Though no one saw Duvinder commit the crime, witnesses testify that he was near the scene with a stolen sword, and later fled with blood on his clothes. During breaks, Rose and Johnnie get acquainted, Charles finds that the woman he is choosing over the priesthood is engaged to his best friend, Peter’s nosy father-in-law (Peter Vaughan) corners him into discussing the case against judge’s orders, Marcia resorts to her irresponsible mother for child care, and the murder victim’s hooligan brothers start a campaign of juror intimidation to ensure a guilty verdict. Their first target: Marcia. 3218w--As Lewis wraps up his ironclad prosecution, Cording tracks down a jogger who was assaulted by a known psychopath just before the murder at a spot nearby. However, she refuses to testify. Meanwhile, Rose’s husband, Len (Mark Strong), is spying on Rose and Johnnie; Elsie learns about the Sikhs from a Sikh doctor who tells her she has cancer; Jeremy is promised another stock tip by the man who fleeced him; and Peter is the next target of intimidation by the victim’s brothers. During cross-examination, Duvinder admits to a history of violence in sword-fighting contests. More helpful to his case is testimony by the jogger, who has been coaxed to tell how she was attacked by another man near the murder scene. Convinced of Duvinder’s guilt, Peter’s father-in-law pursues his own investigation into the disappearance of the boy’s bloody clothes. Charles offers to take Elsie for her cancer treatments. And Rose’s husband stalks Johnnie and wreaks vengeance for a kiss he saw the couple exchange. 3220--As their personal lives unravel, the jury finally gets the case. Eva, elected foreman, takes a too-hasty vote, polarizing the panel. Beyond the jury room, Mark has decided to bet his last assets on an insider trading deal; Charles is set on giving up the priesthood; Rose admits to Johnnie that she is married and that her husband is his assailant; Johnnie reacts by backsliding into drunkenness; and the victim’s father (Jack Shepherd) vows, “If that jury doesn’t deliver justice, I’ll deliver justice of my own. That boy will die!” 3221--With Peter installed as new foreman to break the panel’s deadlock, the jurors methodically reenact the crime, establish the sequence of events and surprise themselves by reaching a decision. Meanwhile, Peter’s father-in-law has been trying to contact him with shocking new evidence. The verdict announced, the jurors find that their tattered lives are slowly mending — but not in ways that they ever expected.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Jury, The,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8E419ACD673D48D0A8B488F29BFEBEA1.
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