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Judge John Deed: Political Expediency (S2EP1 BBC-1 21 Nov 2002, with John Sessions)

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Political Expediency: After a call girl is found dead in a skip, an Arab sheikh’s chauffeur is charged with killing her, but the evidence points to the sheikh himself being involved in the murder. Unfortunately for Deed, the Arab ruler was in London to place a huge order with a British aircraft manufacturer, and pressure is piled on Deed by the British government, as well as by the sheikh’s own.

The plot thickens when counsel for the prosecution is also killed and Deed’s lover, Jo Mills, takes over the case, and when he hears that Georgina Channing, his former wife, is engaged to marry Neil Haughton, the government minister fighting for the aeroplane order. Before long, witnesses disappear and the jury is being interfered with – by the British Government, no less. And then Deed gets an offer they think he can’t refuse, when appointment as an Appeal Court judge is dangled before him.

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Martin Shaw as Judge John Deed
Jenny Seagrove as Jo Mills QC
Simon Chandler as Sir Ian Rochester
Caroline Langrishe as Georgina Channing
Donald Sinden as Sir Joseph Channing
Christopher Cazenove as DAC Row Colemore
Fraser James as Laurence James
Louisa Clein as Charlie Deed
Sean Harris as Gerry Hewitt
Nick Reding as Neil Haughton
John Sessions as Brian Cantwell QC
Roger Alborough as Superintendent Craddock
James Barron as Mr. Johnson
Greg Bennett as Jo Mills’ Undercover Policeman
Jilly Bond as Dr. Jannatie
Robert Boulter as Addem Armitage
T.R. Bowen as Sir Michael Nivan
Sheila Clancy as Kathleen McCracknel
Nick Deigman as Mark Mills (as Nick Deigham)
Michael Eaves as Clerk Brian Harrison
Karl Hansen as George Cooper
Tamer Hassan as Hussain Husaini
Paul Lacoux as Michael Mason
Alex Lowe as Glen Burroughs
Kevork Malikyen as Idries Shahatra
Dave Norman as Stephen Ashurst
Roy North as Mr. Stevenson
Kayvan Novak as Ali Abdul Moncheri
Darren Saul as James Frey
Elliot Seller as Peter Symmonds
Robert Swann as Beswick Thorp QC
Rosie Thomson as Maev Peters
Barbara Thorn as Rita ‘Coop’ Cooper
Hilary Tones as Marlene Delford
Kevin Wainwright as Inspector Martin
Andrew Whipp as Henry Kuhle

Director: Jonny Campbell
Writer: G.F. Newman

Airdate: 21 November 2002

Season 2, Episode 1

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