BBC Two Renews Legal Comedy ‘Defending The Guilty’ For 2nd Series

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23 Oct 19

BBC Two Renews Legal Comedy ‘Defending The Guilty’ For 2nd Series

BBC Two has renewed legal comedy Defending The Guilty for a 2nd Season the broadcaster has announced today.

The series follows Will Sharpe (‘Giri/Haji’, ‘Flowers’), as Will Packham – an idealistic pupil barrister being shown the ropes by his cynical, worldly-wise pupilmaster Caroline, played by Bafta Award-winner Katherine Parkinson (‘The IT Crowd’, ‘Humans’). Initially believing his role is to serve justice, Will is regularly disillusioned as he learns to manipulate a tricky and underfunded system that refuses to fit his moral assumptions.

At the same time, he’s dealing with his fellow pupils, each of them after the same single job and happy to stab each other in the back to get it.

Additional cast includes Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe) as Miles, Gwyneth Keyworth (‘Black Mirror’) as Danielle, Prasanna Puwanarajah (‘Doctor Foster’, ‘Patrick Melrose’) as Ashley, Hanako Footman as Pia and Hugh Coles as Liam.

Produced by Big Talk (‘Rev’, ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Friday Night Dinner’), and written by Kieron Quirke (‘Cuckoo’), the series is based on the book Defending The Guilty: Truth And Lies In The Criminal Courtroom by Alex McBride. Season 1 has recently concluded on BBC Two, with episode 1 having a consolidated (28 day) audience of 1.5m / 9.2 percent share, an increase of +31 percent on its Tuesday night slot average.

“I’m overjoyed to be diving back into the world of 60 Bedford Row Chambers, peopled by one of the best ensemble casts on TV,” commented writer Kieron Quirke. “Having superlative actors and the backing of the classiest production team in TV comedy really does make script-writing a tolerable thing.”

The new 6×30’ series has been commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.

“The BBC Two audience have loved this brilliant first series,” added Kate Daughton, Head of BBC Comedy. “We can’t wait to get lost again with Will, Caroline and the gang in the moral maze that is Britain’s Criminal Justice System.”

Defending The Guilty is a Big Talk production created by Kieron Quirke and Alex McBride, Executive Producers are Kenton Allen, Saurabh Kakkar, and Kieron Quirke for Big Talk, and Kate Daughton for the BBC. Jim Field Smith is Co-Executive Producer.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the series and are thrilled that the BBC is allowing us to spend more time with our talented gang as Kieron expertly ties their moral fibre in knots,” said Saurabh Kakkar, Executive Producer, Big Talk.

The whole of ‘Defending The Guilty‘ Season 1 is available now on BBC iPlayer.