Maya, a barrister in London, is at the very top of her profession. She is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions. But just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny, Maya discovers that her husband Nick has been lying to her for 20 years. At the same time a case that has dominated her career is about to reach its conclusion.
For the past 20 years Maya Cobbina has defended Rudy Jones, a man falsely imprisoned for murder. Today he is to be executed. Rudy’s parting words are “Go big” - he wants her to change the system that allows such injustices to occur. With Rudy’s appeal ringing in her ears, Maya returns to London and discovers that she’s been pegged to take the role of Director of Public Prosecutions.
As Maya continues her fight, the establishment begins to fear the light she threatens to shine on them. Sickened by his act of betrayal, Nick can only reflect on the actions that led him to this point. Nick’s feelings for Maya develop and he struggles to keep the professional and the personal separate, questioning his own beliefs, as a black man within the police force.
A mystery witness makes contact with Maya, forcing her to re-examine everything she thought she knew about the case. Nick is thrown sideways when a ghost from his past approaches him. Faced with the possibility that his secret life is going to be blown open, Nick makes a decision to protect his family.
Terrified Maya might be close to discovering his secret, Nick controls the situation with a devastating lie. Taking solace in work, Maya continues to search for the witness. What had Maya missed all those years ago? Far from shining light on the case, her investigation leads to a shocking fact that forces her personal and professional life to collide.
As Maya continues to fight the State authorities, all seems lost until a stranger appears with new information that forces Maya to question her understanding and uncovers links between her two cases. Nick’s secret is threatened by someone close and he can only watch as a vital bit of intelligence is revealed that could destroy Maya’s work. Is there any way back for the family?
Can Maya find the strength for the final fight and change the course of US Justice? And when the final piece of the jigsaw that links these two miscarriages of justice is revealed, what does that mean to her fight to 'go big'? Facing the end of his marriage, Nick concocts a drastic final plan with the help of Julia and Brady to expose the establishment figures responsible.
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I loveloveLOVE that the family is not only Black, but so close-knit! And I loveloveLOVE that the lead couple so clearly adore each other -and again, that they are Black - Black folks have loving relationships far more than the media and TV portray! The Characters are so believable. I echo the sentiments of other viewers: outstanding writing and acting - and i hope there's a 2nd season!!
I give major points to the performances. Sophie Okonedo is phenomenal; her facial expressions incredibly telling. I remember her as the wife in Rwanda and was extremely impressed with her as an actor. Glad to see she's still around and wish she were a replacement for Sherry Washington who chews up all the sceneery and then some. As for Adrian Lester he's such a natural, very comfortable in his own character's skin. I was disappointed when Hustle stopped.
The script needed work; it got tiresome in its intrigue. The mystery through-line is very thin. We never really get to know who these bad guys are. Complicated and exhausting it appeared to be standing still with one undeveloped mystery after another, like walking or, in this case, running in place. Lots of sizzle, not much steak, if you get my drift. I still don't know what the bad guys are being bad about except for getting people killed.
Hope there's more and a smoother flow in the various plot lines.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2016
I'm a true crime fan, but this series drew me in with sympathetic, believable characters rooted in great writing and A plus acting. Rich content about civil rights and policing, politics and corruption, friends and family, and finally love and lies. I initially found the barrister's two teenaged daughters, who were cheerful and cooperative in every instance, laughingly unbelievable until I watched episode 4. Looking forward to seeing more back stories and understanding the twenty years of intrigue that binds this diverse group of interesting people.
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2017
I started this early & have watched every episode well into the evening. I enjoy legal thrillers but nothing prepared me for a heart stopping day full of suspense & spies & coutroom battles. Whip up your snacks, chill your wine, get your popcorn ready. This series will have you holding your breath & yelling outloud! Action & romance? Yes please! Bring on season 2 ! I am totally hooked.
The story develops well although at times it is predictable. Overall, layers of past action with present keep your interest, the actors are all on point & the story is fairly intriguing. The most glaring problem, however is in the Louisiana segments - in which virtually every character - black or white - are as cliche-cut-out as you could imagine. This contrast is blatant, jarring in fact since such care has been taken to portray ALL the British characters - even the villains - as 'fully developed', complex, multidimensional. Not so, the Southern characters. The show runners, writers, directors, producers fall right into the trap of stereotypical portrayals of Southerners – and this difference is distinct and obvious. Not one of the Brit characters is so cliché, so flat. ALL the Southern characters – black or white – come straight out of caricature draft. From the over the top prison guards to the witness. What the hell, people. You look like the bigots. Shame on the whole lot of them. Absurd. Takes the entire ship down.
A powerful drama, as others have said. I am a white man with deep roots in the Detroit black community, and I celebrate the kind of richness of character found in the members of this black family. It is not a fiction. The story is often painful, for this family, bound together by the power of love, is almost torn apart by the demands of duty. Those demands are not necessarily for the good in the morally ambiguous, unpredictable, and sometimes lethal world depicted here.
Just watched this and can't wait for the rest. The first episode did a great job of setting up the plot...great to have since Silk is no longer running. Bottom line, British Series rock. From Sherlock to Moon Boy, Luther to the Wrong Mans to the Durrells in Corfu. Bring it on.
Et pourtant, tout était fait pour que cette série rejoigne le camp des meilleures séries anglaises. Hélas, il y a la fin... Comme un soufflé qui retombe. On ne comprend pas pourquoi toute cette surveillance a été mise sur pieds, c'est confus et, dans le fond, après le dernier épisode, sans intérêt. Dommage.
Heureusement , un dvd pas cher .Quelle déception , quel méli mélo dans le scénario a dormir debout et en plus pour avoir les sous titres en français il a fallu le regarder en version anglaise , mon mari est sourd .
Très beau sujet. Très bien joué. Suis pas super fan du jeu de l'héroïne ( trop de botox limite les expression ) pour le reste des acteurs : excellent jeux . Cette série interpelle sur le racisme, qui, même à notre époque, semble improbable.