Season 1
Defense attorney William Travers is recovering from a nervous breakdown after defending a horribly guilty man, his life is thrown off balance a second time when an old friend asks him to defend him for a murder conviction. William is plunged into a conspiracy that goes far beyond the courtroom while fighting off the forces that may once again destroy him.
James PurefoyCharlie Creed-MilesDervia Kirwan
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  1. 1. Episode 1
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    June 6, 2011
    Barrister Will Travers is asked to defend old friend Martin Newall, accused of murdering his secretary, Lucy. Will's wife Jane is unhappy about this as they left London years earlier due to a murder case. Meanwhile, a reclusive farm worker is murdered near the Travers' home. Detective Wenborn, who's running the case, strongly dislikes Will after he caught his partner lying in court.
  2. 2. Episode 2
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    June 7, 2011
    Martin tells Will of his affair with the victim, how he found her dead in their room after going out to get food. His computer was stolen; he believes the theft was the reason for the murder. Two men from Martin's employer stalk Will. Jane is impressed by a story written by Alan, her only bright pupil. Wenborn suspects that the farm worker was executed and learns he was a violent activist.
  3. 3. Episode 3
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    June 8, 2011
    Will finds Agadir many times on Lucy's cell. Will discovers a hotel maid saw the computer before Martin went out. Wenborn learns that Will successfully defended Spaull when he was accused of setting a bomb which killed little boy. Turns out Will left London when Spaull confessed his guilt to Will after getting off.
  4. 4. Episode 4
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    June 9, 2011
    Will connects Lucy to Jameel Khan, a journalist investigating the Kestrel company's possible exploitations. Wenborn bullies a terrified Alan into revealing who provided him with the gun with which he shot his tormenter, as this was also the supplier of the gun that shot Spaull. An angry Wenborn punches his wife after she has rightly accused him of infidelity.
  5. 5. Episode 5
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    June 10, 2011
    Jameel Khan admits that he planted Lucy in Kestrel and encouraged her affair to get evidence of the firm's illegal dumping of toxic waste in Africa, collected by a ship called the Agadir. Will makes full use of this at Martin's trial. Wenborn attempts to blackmail John Slater by offering to let him go if he will falsely name Will as the man to whom he sold the gun that killed Philip Spaull.

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Richard B. SchwartzReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Riveting and Ominous: Horowitz at the Top of his Game
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This is Anthony Horowitz at the top of his game: a character-driven confection of mystery, psychological suspense and a dollop of appropriate violence. There are three central characters and an additional character in a related subplot. James Purefoy plays a London barrister specializing in murder cases. He and his wife have fled the madding crowd and settled in Suffolk. The wife is a former A-list book editor who now volunteers at a prison for youthful offenders, where she introduces the teenaged, troubled males to real literature. One of her students has written 10,000 words of a novel that shows significant promise. He has also committed a crime which ultimately bears on the main plotlines.

The principal plot concerns Purefoy's being asked to, as it were, come out of rural retirement and defend an old school friend from Cambridge who is accused of murdering a company secretary with whom he was having an affair. The company may have been more the object of her attentions than the man and the company may have actually caused her death. That is the central mystery. However, there are many other mysteries. Purefoy's wife was once the girlfriend of the old school friend and the friend's first wife divorced him under conditions which she refuses to reveal. Finally, Purefoy experienced a meltdown over a previous case—the one that drove him to leave London. The man he defended in that case has since been murdered and several flashbacks reveal Purefoy as the murderer. The flashbacks, however, may actually be nightmares or they may be instances of magic realism or fantasy, since an unidentified young man appears at the murder scene. In other words, there are more mysteries than we can shake a stick at. The latter one is being investigated by a sleazy Detective Inspector who is willing to frame suspects in order to win cases. Perhaps he will frame Purefoy.

The plotting is very sweet, as Horowitz slowly but surely reveals what is actually going on, but the real awards should go to the casting director for picking three superb central characters: Purefoy, Nathaniel Parker (the old schoolmate accused of murder) and Charlie Creed-Miles (the Detective Inspector). All three actors can play upstanding citizens as well as very nasty villains. So what are they, here?

My description may have made this 45 minute/5 episode story sound a bit confusing and convoluted. It is not. It is absolutely lucid as it proceeds, but there are crucial tidbits of information that are gradually revealed. This is slow-moving, high tension adult drama with a score that adds materially to that tension. The word 'ominous' comes to mind, in nearly every second of the story.

Bottom line: don't miss it.
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Austin TayschussReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Justice is certain when you retain Will Travers as your barrister...
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I specifically watched this because I think James Purefoy (Rome, The Following, etc.) is one of the most charismatic, dynamic, and best actors around today IMHO, and he did not disappoint -- nor did the rest of the cast, the storyline, or the beautiful/cool English scenery. I intended to watch only the first episode and ended-up watching the entire first season in one go. Mr. Purefoy is a bit more mellow than usual in this role (as befits his polished barrister character), but he's just as watchable nevertheless. I also really enjoyed the actor who played the DI -- he was such a harsh dude to so many people in so many scenes that I ended-up seeing him as comic relief. Great to see Nathaniel Parker ("Inspector Lynley") as well. This is yet another high quality and masterfully-executed UK dramatic series with excellent cinematography, and I certainly hope the second season will be on Amazon in the near future. Great show!
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SharpReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant Thriller
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Possible spoilers: I found "Injustice" to be somewhat two thrillers blended into one episode of five series. Purefoy plays the paranoid Barrister Travers, bouncing back from a nervous breakdown, who refuses to take on murder cases unless he is certain of the clients's innocence, yet all is not as seems in his barrister mind. Travers' young son seems to be smarter than he is when Travers works on a case and usually ends up successful, yet his son was right, whereas his father "missed it." Then, of course Travers "rights" things, in his own mind, by taking out the client he defended and is now free. In among the twists and suspicions of suspense, we also have the genius, Detective Wenborne, with a terrible home life, created in part, by his career in investigation. Travers and Detective Wenborne never actually meet, although the two are drawn together via Detective Wenborne when he discovers the guilt of Barrister Travers in one of his own murder investigations. Unfortunately, an accident prevents Detective Wenborne from making his planned arrest of Travers--one day before the accident. Therefore; Travers is free to return to his home in London where he begins the same cycle of his past murder cases that caused his nervous breakdown in the first place. I found this ironic and he does it with a smile. There's great acting by all of the cast members. As brilliant as Barrister Travers is, he could never hold a candle to the clever genius of Detective Wenborne. I hope there's a second season that will continue and reveal Barrister Travers and his methods of practicing law.
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J. GabrielsonReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent series...would like to see more
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I love this series. James Purefoy is a most interesting actor. I have seen him in a number of other films playing a variety of roles. He is versatile in his choice of roles and convincing in every one that I have seen. The plot is absorbing and the suspense builds as the series progresses. All of the supporting actors are superb; the psychologically disturbed policeman who hunts doggedly for the killer; his downtrodden, weak wife; the barrister's friend, played beautifully by Nathaniel Parker( who plays against type these days ); and so on. I don't want to spoil the plot so I will end here. Kudos to the producers of this fine and engrossing series.
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SuperSonicManReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting, to a point
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Let me begin by saying that I believe James Purefoy is a great actor. Anything that I see him in I automatically feel the need to watch , now that doesn't necessarily mean that everything he's in is up to his standard as an actor ( that retched series The Following, what a disappointment). But this series was actually good, not great, but it was entertaining.
Purefoy plays a lawyer who lives away from big city life after he defended a man of murder that he later finds out is guilty. You see that his character isn't all there, he seems to be seeing things and you come to the realization quite quickly that he has or had some sort of meltdown. He is called upon by a friend to defend him in a murder case, and he reluctantly accepts.
His wife is a writer that gives literature classes in a juvenile facility, there she meets a boy with great potential as a writer, and she decides on helping him in his search for a career as an author.
There is also a police officer investigating another murder that has a connection with the case that brought Purefoy's character to his breakdown.
The series consists of five episodes, each more interesting than the last. You have murder, intrigue, and a mystery. Now why don't I give it 5 stars, you might ask?
Well for starters it's all pretty predictable, not all of it but most of it. The coincedances with the wife, police investigation and the juvenile facility are a bit too much for my tastes.
But the biggest problem I had with the series was the investigating police officer ( who's a dead ringer for one of the guys in The Pet Shop Boys ) , he is just the least likable character in this. And I know you don't have to like every character in a movie, but it's frustrating when you take away from the action to show us his storyline. He is such a creep that if it has nothing to do with the plot, then I don't care to watch it. Because believe me at the end of the day, it has very little impact on the story, and going through the torture of watching this ass to have it come to nothing is just inconsiderate on the part of the filmmakers.
And another thing that bugged me was the incessant use of the scene in the first episode where someone is shot in the head, this scene is shown in every episode after that. In. Every. Episode. At least twice. We get it already. We're not idiots.
So if you want to be entertained watch it, it's not rocket science, and you will probably know how it will end, but I still believe it's worth watching for Purefoy alone. Now The Following, that's another story.
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NULLReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Just average. Too many inconsistencies. But it is on point.
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Just average. There are too many plausible inconsistencies. First and foremost, it is hard to suspend belief that Martin could have entered and left and entered and left again the 5 star hotel without any CCTV video footage. All hotels have cameras, especially 5 star hotels. That would have destroyed the missing time alibi. I know it must be hard to write mysteries in today's world where all of our actions are tracked real time by cell phones, computers, and real time CCTVs, forever saved in posterity by corporations and governments for eternity, but the unbelievable makes not a good mystery. This is especially true in England where CCTVs are everywhere now.

Material mystery problems aside, the main point of the film series seems to be that virtually no one is guilt free in that everyone is plausibly corruptible by the experiences of life. That's the nature of humanity. In that, the film succeeds.
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Roger MexicoReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
One big flaw.
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Oh, yes - very good show. Beautifully filmed and directed. Very interesting and complex characters, fine actors. Mystery, suspense, plot twists. But . . . it loses a star from me because of the most incredibly shoddy subtitles/"closed captions" I've ever seen. Out of sync, wacky misspellings, just awful and annoying. They should spend more on that part of the budget next time.
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KatieHepburnReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Revenge is sweet and not fattening" Alfred Hitchcock
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Although Horowitz created this series, I swear I saw the ghost of Hitchcock pacing in the background. Eerily, his prints hoovered just off the pages of script, evident in pacing, tone and tenor and I wonder if the honourable he and Mr. Horowitz wrote the denouement in one mind.

Yes, Purefoy (Travers) was excellent as a the subdued, yet stalk-on rigorous attorney, eying both the prosecution and his client throughout the trial. Moreover, the flashbacks of life before rural Suffolk, as well as the choppy shots of the murder of Spaull, were done in a coherent, easy manner with which to keep pace. The insinuations of a 'breakdown' in Travers' past was another great possible portent of pitiful prospects that sent tingles up my spine. Was he going to fall apart and go on a spree, will it come off short, constrained by the so-called British sangfroid? And again my thoughts returned to Hitch, who could have only contributed to this series through the breath of his spirit and his lasting influence on a talented Horowitz. Hitch was admittedly afraid of many things, in fact, he once said "The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them."

The support actors were brilliant! Dervla Kirwan is always spot-on. Although I have never watched Charlie Creed-Miles before, I can honestly say, I just hated him in such a good way! Can't wait to see him in something else.

In conclusion, this is a great UK miniseries with 5 episodes that keep one interested and, I would say, entertained. Give it a watch, you'll have no regrets.
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