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The Trial: A Murder in the Family ***warning - contains spoilers***

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NapQueen Sun 21-May-17 19:33:29

Anyone watching along? Starts tonight, 9pm, C4. Runs for five nights. I loved Broadchurch, and have been on a Jury, and love anything like this.

Hope its good!

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Cary2012 Sun 21-May-17 19:45:47

Looks interesting, I didn't know about this so thankyou. Will give it a go.

thenewaveragebear1983 Sun 21-May-17 21:11:58

Yes, just about to start watching. It's scripted apparently but the jury are real, and don't know it's scripted?

Tablefor4 Sun 21-May-17 21:30:16

Yes! Watching. What I can't remember is whether real juries are allowed to talk about it in breaks etc. I've even done jury duty and can't remember! I think we were banned, and if so, that's going to annoy me.

Not doing much to dispel myth of posh barristers!

Tablefor4 Sun 21-May-17 21:31:28

Also, where are the solicitors?

What are the police interviews they are showing when he did a no comment interview?

Xmasbaby11 Sun 21-May-17 21:31:39

I'm watching but not sure I'll stick it out. The problem is, if he's not found guilty, will we find out who did it? I'd need a tidy conclusion!

Tablefor4 Sun 21-May-17 21:34:02

I was right. You can't discuss it with other jurors during the trial. That's going to annoy me. As is the over-emotional Australian juror.

Tablefor4 Sun 21-May-17 21:35:07

XmasBaby new boyfriend did it. wink

annoyinguser12345 Sun 21-May-17 21:37:54

Forgot it was on so will have to watch on catch up- a very good friend is one of the barristers so will watch to see what you all say grin. Have namechanged! They said it was very accurate. (not a barrister myself so don't know if true)

NapQueen Sun 21-May-17 21:39:32

Yeah on breaks you go out into the main area so obvs not allowed to talk as theres about 100 people there.

Xmasbaby11 Sun 21-May-17 21:40:12

I'd love to be on jury duty! It's a bit less glamorous than the American legal dramas though.

colouringinagain Sun 21-May-17 21:42:55

Watching, but not massively grabbed so far

Tablefor4 Sun 21-May-17 21:52:38

Feels quite realistic (apart from blabbering jurors!)

Xmasbaby11 Sun 21-May-17 21:53:10

Bit slow.

Tablefor4 Sun 21-May-17 22:01:29

Yes. Quite slow, but so are trials...

NapQueen Sun 21-May-17 22:02:24


PossomInAPearTree Sun 21-May-17 22:02:42

Bit slow but still watching.

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Sun 21-May-17 22:03:14

Its not real? blush I thought it was!

NapQueen Sun 21-May-17 22:04:30

Ah no not real. Not able to film real trials in the uk. It does seem incredibly realistic aside from the Jury breaks.

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Sun 21-May-17 22:06:23

I thought the law must have changed or something! Phew...

viques Sun 21-May-17 22:35:09

What idiot decided to put that irritating music in this programme ?I am being driven mad by it, I will have to go onto subtitles which is annoying because the programme is interesting. I think if I was accused of murder that barrister is exactly the sort of defence barrister I would want!

pineappleeyes Sun 21-May-17 22:49:09

The discussions the jury are having when they are sent out are annoying me When i did jury service we were told everytime we were sent out not to discuss the case with anyone, even eachother.

tobee Sun 21-May-17 23:01:36

There didn't seem to be much indication as to who were actors and who were real. I presume everyone were actors apart from barristers, judge and jury?? I also wasn't sure if the questioning of witnesses were edited or not. They seemed quite brief. Also not keen on the bits of footage of home video etc, felt like they couldn't trust us to keep interested without a bit of drama. Seen similar things to this which seemed more real. I've spent a morning in a press box of a murder trial once and I remember a lot of flanneling around, points of law, the jury being sent out while it was discussed whether they could be told something etc. etc.

Surely the pathologist (was he an actor? They didn't credit him) would have been asked the result of the DNA test on the foetus? That was confusing and weird. I think the drama of a murder case speaks for itself without any extra stuff.

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Sun 21-May-17 23:07:17

The jury seemed a right bunch of intellectual heavyweights...not. Imagine your fate being in their hands confused I've did jury duty once and it was quite an eye-opener. People wanting to use their mobile, wearing flip flops and one woman asking if she could skip the next day to see her grandson in a school assembly grin No sense of the gravity of the situation at all.

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Sun 21-May-17 23:09:58

I've done not did. Not exactly an intellectual heavyweight myself blush

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