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The Trial on channel 4

Postby Scienke » Mon May 22, 2017 7:24 pm

Anyone watching this? I thought it sounded a bit silly, a fake trial to show the inner workings of the justice system. But it's rather better than I expected.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the- ... the-family
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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby Spankymonkey » Mon May 22, 2017 9:41 pm

I considered having a look at it on Sky catchup. I took one look at a picture of the 'defendant' and scooted right on by. Straight out of central casting.

Isn't it just a revamp of that long forgotten daytime show Crown Court. If anyone remembers that.
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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Mon May 22, 2017 10:29 pm

I remember that from the school holidays. In Crown Court the lawyers and judge were all actors.
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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby Scienke » Mon May 22, 2017 11:01 pm

As far as I can tell only the defendant and the witnesses are actors. The judge, jury and barristers are real I believe.
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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby shootist » Tue May 23, 2017 8:12 am

Scienke wrote:As far as I can tell only the defendant and the witnesses are actors. The judge, jury and barristers are real I believe.


And it seems that they are acting to a script which in turn means there is an agenda.
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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby Scienke » Tue May 23, 2017 11:23 am

Do you think the jurors are acting to a script? They seem to be quite natural to me.
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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby Spankymonkey » Wed May 24, 2017 12:00 am

shootist wrote:
Scienke wrote:As far as I can tell only the defendant and the witnesses are actors. The judge, jury and barristers are real I believe.


And it seems that they are acting to a script which in turn means there is an agenda.


What's the agenda? It being a Channel 4 production there can only be two to choose from?

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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby Labrador » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:19 pm

I watched this programme with interest the jury were not acting to script and I found the differing opinions interesting .
My initial thought on the defendant's slow response to call the police hang up and call back created alarm bells to which I admit I ignored later because I thought the boyfriend committed the murder so I was wrong .
Did anyone guess right and find the defendant guilty here?
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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby Boo » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:25 pm

Shame about the spoiler!

I watched it.
It was way too long.

I found the insights from the prosecution & defence team really interesting.

It's certainly something megaman should watch...
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Re: The Trial on channel 4

Postby Russell » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:20 pm

Just watched it and I feel so cheated :(

We were told, he called 999 hung up, called a friend, then called 999. At no point was the call to a friend mentioned in court and even the reveal at the end didn't reveal it. Further, there was no expert called to explain the forensics. This was nothing but a farce, no reasonable person could have convicted on the evidence presented. So yes SpankyMonkey is correct, its was a men are evil and can get away with murder, but in reality the case was always going to reach a not guilty or be hung. This should not have been represented itself in anyway as being real. I personally refused to guess guilty or not guilty because it was not a complete case.

The only thing that can be learnt from this is, the audience even when primed to assess the evidence, still don't assess the evidence.
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