There are times that I become so overwhelmed at the absolute greatest of British television, I’m speechless. No one does it better than the Brits. I’ve just finished the two seasons of The Jury that first broadcast in 2002 and then again in 2011. Both series consists of five one-hour episodes.
It begins with ordinary citizens receiving in their mail a summons to jury duty. A few of the jurors in each case are focused upon as subplots and how the experience affects them. Of course, the main focus is upon the accused. The first 2002 series revolves around a Sikh teenager who is accused of murdering a classmate who bullied him. The second in 2011 focuses on a man accused of brutally murdering three women he met on an internet dating site.
For those of you who love Gerard Butler, you will find him staring as one of the jurors, along with other familiar faces such as Helen McCrory.
The entire series engrosses you into the English jury process. As the audience, you are given no more information about the guilt or innocence of the individual than what the jurors hear. When they retire to deliberate, no one agrees, of course, initially upon the verdict. You, on the other hand, can cast your own vote. In the first series there is still some doubt, but in the second it appears to be overwhelming evidence at the end of the unanimous outcome.
Needless to say, I’m continuing to rave about the excellence in writing, acting, and presentation of some of these fantastic British shows. This one is currently streaming on BritBox and well worth the ten episodes.