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To state that the producers of the new series of Broadchurch are irresponsible?

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AWholeLottaNosy Thu 08-Jan-15 19:53:30

I say this because their portrayal of how the criminal justice system is innacurate and misleading. A victim or their family CANNOT choose their prosecutor as portrayed in this series, a crime is prosecuted on behalf of the state, not the victim ( or their families ) . They also would not meet with a victim's family or other witnesses to work together to prosecute a crime.

This pisses me off because I have not only worked in the criminal justice system but also for an organisation that supported victims and witnesses and they were frequently under the misapprehension that they would have their own lawyer and were often angry and upset when they realised that that was not the case.

C'mon, ITV, it's not exactly rocket science to do your research and accurately portray how the. CJS works in the UK. This isn't the American system. However I feel that actually they don't care and are just doing this for dramatic purposes. Most people don't understand how the system works and these kinds of programs ( which will be watched by millions ), does us all a disservice...?

JanineStHubbins Thu 08-Jan-15 19:55:02

It's a TV drama, not a public service announcement. YABU.

vestandknickers Thu 08-Jan-15 19:56:16

Shame on the writers of this drama for doing something for dramatic purposes! grin

Bowlersarm Thu 08-Jan-15 19:56:40

That is quite a big error then.

Bowlersarm Thu 08-Jan-15 19:58:44

I think it should be factually correct,op, I agree with you.

MsPavlichenko Thu 08-Jan-15 20:00:20

I found it annoying too, and have no specialist legal background. Not sure why they've done it as US legal system doesn't work like this either.

That said, there has been a fair bit of fuss about it so folk will be aware that this isn't how it works hopefully. Other than that I'm enjoying it.

FreudiansSlipper Thu 08-Jan-15 20:00:48

counselling sessions are very rarely like they are shown in films or tv dramas though I love the therapy sessions in The Sopranos all that transference and erotic transference going on makes great entertainment grin

which is just as well as it is often far less dramatic

i would stop taking the programme so seriously

it was great drama

AWholeLottaNosy Thu 08-Jan-15 20:01:44

Fine, but these dramatisations do have an affect on real people! And make it harder for those people working in those professions, as well as victims and witnesses attending court. It causes greater distress to them which is why I believe program makers do have a responsibility to be accurate.

However I see what I'm saying is going to fall on deaf ears here...sad

SconeRhymesWithGone Thu 08-Jan-15 20:02:03

This isn't the American system. It doesn't work the way you describe in the US, either. The prosecution represents the state, not the victim(s). Most states and the federal government have provisions that require the victim to be notified about progress in the case, etc., and some jurisdictions afford victims greater rights than others, but the prosecution represents the interests of the state.

flymetotheprune Thu 08-Jan-15 20:03:55

YABU it's just entertainment innit?

My personal fave prog is Game Of Thrones but I am under no illusion that there really are dragons, giants and walking corpses out there in the real world grin

seaoflove Thu 08-Jan-15 20:04:52

I see your point, but I'm sure if the writers made every attempt to portray the workings of UK criminal justice system accurately, it would make for really boring television.

MrsWembley Thu 08-Jan-15 20:04:57

Yep, not watching it, but a change in reality like that is quite a biggy! It does alter how ordinary bods see the world and you're right, upsets them when they have the misfortune to find out what really happens.

I do get cross when stuff like that happens. DP laughs at me when I shout at the television, but I need some facts in my fiction!

AWholeLottaNosy Thu 08-Jan-15 20:05:27

I really enjoyed the first series and was looking forward to this one but I don't think I want to watch it now as I know I'll get too annoyed!

ghostyslovesheep Thu 08-Jan-15 20:05:29

YABU it's not real

Bowlersarm Thu 08-Jan-15 20:06:22

My ears aren't deaf. I agree with you. It's very lazy of the writers/producers not to work reality into their storyline. Much less hard work and dramatic to make things up.....

FreudiansSlipper Thu 08-Jan-15 20:07:54

you could say that about everything shown on tv

and then what people read on the internet

and what their neighbours cats cousins sisters daughters friend experienced

could you really show a drama of having to wait around for hours, papers going missing, people turning up at the wrong time much of what goes on does not make interesting drama does it

AWholeLottaNosy Thu 08-Jan-15 20:08:14

Would it make for 'really boring television' if it was portrayed accurately? Having worked in that field for many years I don't think so but I think more people would be shock about how the system actually works...

SconeRhymesWithGone Thu 08-Jan-15 20:08:40

It's a different issue from programs like GOT. I agree that incorrect depictions of the justice system can do harm and that artists should be more responsible. It is ok to take some artistic license, but the overall depiction should be based in reality.

BarbarianMum Thu 08-Jan-15 20:08:55

I agree with you - a bit of dramatic license is one thing, complete misrepresentation of the legal process in a crime drama is another.

AWholeLottaNosy Thu 08-Jan-15 20:09:29

Maybe people would be more interested in changing the system if they saw how it actually worked...

Pagwatch Thu 08-Jan-15 20:09:58

It's not real.

SconeRhymesWithGone Thu 08-Jan-15 20:11:30

A good example of a legal drama that takes liberties, but that is essentially accurate is The Good Wife. It's not boring television.

AWholeLottaNosy Thu 08-Jan-15 20:12:22

To the extent that they would realise how little say victims ( and their families) actually have in the whole process, which causes massive distress to people.

FreudiansSlipper Thu 08-Jan-15 20:13:15

but it is not a court drama that is part of the story

I have never been in a hospital that seems to run as smoothly as it does in casualty the staff seem to spend much of their time gossiping and they never look tired

DinoSnores Thu 08-Jan-15 20:15:05

This showed a real life murder trial and was fascinating but hardly made for dramatic television:

www.channel4.com/programmes/the-murder-trial/on-demand

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