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Justice: Conspiracy (ITV 9 Feb 1973, with Lois Baxter)



First episode of season two, Conspiracy, opens with Harriet making the decision to move away from the Northern circuit to take a permanent place in London. Sir John is the catalyst for the move wanting her to be his strong number two.

There’s a nice bit of recap with two elderly ladies at a jumble sale talking about Harriet’s move and taking in all the key points so far, her dodgy husband James, his time in prison etc.

Despite a promise of Paradise from Sir John, Harriet is none too pleased that she might have to share an office. In typical Harriet fashion, despite being urged not to, she decides to take on a very problematic case involving a young woman accused of an act of terrorism. It turns even more problematic when Sir John takes on the prosecution.

There is a lot going on here, lots of primer stuff for anyone who may not have seen the show before. Dr Ian Moody, still trailing after Harriet like a lost lamb, keen to move to London to be nearer to her and Harriet having to very quickly find her place in chambers.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 9 February 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: John Batt / Producer: Jane Martin / Director: James Ormerod

Series: Justice Season 2 Episode 1

Margaret Lockwood as Harriet Peterson
John Stone as Dr Ian Moody
Philip Stone as Sir John Gallaher
Lois Baxter as Emma Grayson
Donald Burton as Terence Hogan
Daphne Newton as Mrs Greenwood
Marjorie Wilde as Mrs Ormsby
T.P. McKenna as Supt Lester
James Berwick as Stipendiary Magistrate
Nikolas Simmonds as Justin Burrell
Raymond Huntley as High Court Judge