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Justice: Within A Year and A Day (ITV 5 Nov 1971, with Philip Stone)



Within A Year and a Day is a continuation of the previous story The Rain It Raineth which focused on three young tearaways accused of robbing a factory and assaulting the night watchman. One of the three wasn’t actually involved but took the blame and was given two years probation. The other two got away scot free. Now the night watchman has been found dead at the factory and although it looks to be natural causes the police are keen to pursue a charge of murder.

When the post mortem reveals that the man’s death was the result of a blow to the head, the police arrest Brian and charge him with murder. The police also charge Glover and Biscuit with murder.

Meanwhile Harriet teams with her head of chambers Sir John Gallaher to present the best case possible. Finally Brian realises just how serious his predicament is and tells the truth about everything that happened.

At the time Justice was filmed there were 2,584 barristers practicing in England and 147 of them were women. The Bar was open to women from 1922 but the 100 mark was only hit in 1965.

classic quote
“All I’ve got to do is prove they got the wrong man and the other two are guilty.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 5 November 1971 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: Christopher Hodson

Series: Justice Season 1 Episode 5

Margaret Lockwood as Harriet Peterson
Philip Stone as Sir John Gallaher
Michael Coles as Detective Sergeant Gable
Hilda Fenemore as Olive Parsons
Leon Vitali as Brian Parsons
Percy Herbert as Superintendent Kellaway
Peter Blythe as Sommerfield
Ian Sharp as Biscuit
Derek Lamden as Glover
Geoffrey Chater as Lord Rush
Ronald Hackett as Pathologist
Victor Brooks as Ambulance man
Bruce Carstairs as Judge
Michael Gover as Coroner
Jimmy Gardner as Livingstone
Bernard Davies as Foreman of the jury
Stanley Stewart as Clerk of the court