We’ve received episode synopses and further details for the previously reported Judge John Deed episodes which air from next week.
The run of four episodes comprises four episodes split into two two-part specials with two episodes airing each week.
The stories are:War Crimes
Part One: Tuesday 9 January 2007 at 9.00pm
Judge John Deed is in The Hague hearing a case of a young British soldier who killed eleven Iraqi civilians and is accused of war crimes.
Deed’s ruling on the case of a BNP councillor has brought him to the attention of Muslim extremists; who dispatch a woman, Fran Pavely, to kill him. When Fran meets Deed he’s not at all what she expects but she’s determined to go through with her task.
Part Two: Thursday 11 January 2007 at 9.00pm
During the War Crimes case in The Hague, Deed learns that the British Soldier on trial is being sacrificed as part of the government’s overall exit strategy. Deed’s dilemma is one possible miscarriage of justice to save the lives of many soldiers.
Starring regular cast members – Martin Shaw, Jenny Seagrove, Simon Ward, Sir Donald Sinden, Simon Chandler and Barbara Thorn.
Guest artists include Charlie Kemp (Emmerdale), Adam James (Love Soup), Kim Thomson (Rosemary & Thyme) and Katharine Monaghan (Footballers’ Wives).
Evidence of Harm
Part One: Tuesday 16 January 2007 at 9.00pm
Jo Mills asks Deed to review the withdrawal of Legal Aid funding in the case of a soldier who was damaged by vaccines given to him by the army and who, later committed suicide. Deed is reluctant since the case has been heard and closed by another judge.
His only course would be to accuse the original judge of bias. When he does so, he causes consternation in the government. Deed risks causing a constitutional crisis in order to get justice for the soldier’s family.
Part Two: Thursday 18 January 2007 at 9.00pm
As Deed delves deeper and deeper into why funding for the soldier to sue the pharmaceutical company was withdrawn, he makes more and more sinister discoveries.
It’s then the forces of reaction move against him to stop him any way they can.
Starring regular cast members – Martin Shaw, Jenny Seagrove, Sir Donald Sinden, Simon Chandler, Barbara Thorn, Louisa Clein, Caroline Langrishe, Trevor Bowen, Anerin Hughes and Daniel Hill.
Guest artists include Leah Bracknell (Emmerdale), Joe Shaw (MIT: Murder Investigation Team) and Nicola Cowper (Holby City).