Crown Court Theft By Necessity (ITV Granada 18 Apr 1973 with Roland Culver)

UK / ITV – Granada / 1×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 April 1973

Series: Crown Court / Season 1 Story 28

Writer: David Blunt / Production Design: Knowles Bentley / Producer: Michael Dunlop / Director: Gordon Flemyng

Regina Vs Burton

An elderly colonel is accused of shoplifting, representing himself in court (he was a practicising lawyer in China and India for many years) he makes a very strong case for himself. His weekly benefit payment was stolen and he hadn’t eaten for five days leading him to commit theft by necessity.

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This was, unusually for Crown Court, just a single episode case, its a good one though with a very strong central performance from elderly film actor Roland Culver.

WILLIAM MERVYN as The Hon Mr Justice Campbell
TERRENCE HARDIMAN as Stephen Harvesty
ROLAND CULVER as Colonel Alfred Horatio Burton
JOHN RAINER as P.C. Donaldson
EDITH CARTER as Irene Makepiece
ISHAQ BUX as Mr Patel
DEREK HOCKRIDGE as Clerk of Court
RALPH LAWTON as Jury Foreman

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