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Justice: People Have Too Many Rights (ITV 10 Dec 1971, with Michael Robbins)



In People Have Too Many Rights Harriet is working for the police in a protection racket case. Two heavies, Farrer and Eddie, are accused of smashing up a restaurant to make sure pays protection money to their boss Polsen.

Harriet is up against her own boss of chambers Sir John Gallaher who twists the case to make it look like Detective Constable Jackson has in fact been taking bribes from Farrer and Eddie. It plants enough doubt in the minds of the jury to get both Farrer and Eddie off. Polsen then decides the time is right to frame Jackson completely.

Once again Harriet and Sir John find themselves going head to head in court.

Over dinner with Harriet Sir John makes it plain he thinks her relationship with Moody is perhaps becoming an issue. Harriet makes it plain that she sometimes needs more than just the law in her life. Later over another meal Harriet, Ian and Sir John share a few home truths. Sir John tells Ian that Harriet has the potential to become a QC as good as he is (oh so modest!) and that she should move permanently to London and not harbour thoughts of becoming a housewife.

There are some great scenes between Jackson and his boss Turnbull. Jackson is actually pretty disrespectful and far too cocky about his position. Until he finds himself suspended!

classic quote
“I pay you the compliment of believing you want to hear the truth not some some social lies dressed up as sympathy.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 10 December 1971 at 9.00pm

Writer: John Malcolm / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: James Ormerod

Series: Justice Season 1 Episode 10

Margaret Lockwood as Harriet Peterson
Philip Stone as Sir John Gallaher
John Stone as Dr Ian Moody
Guy Slater as Detective Constable Jackson
Hector Ross as Detective Superintendent Turnbull
Cyril Shaps as Polsen
Christopher Malcolm as Farrer
Michael Robbins as Eddie
Juan Moreno as Moroni
Kim Braden as Rosemary Jackson
Newton Bedale as Judge
Anthony Benso as Clerk of the Court