Silk – The Clerks’ Room: Series 1 and 2

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What to expect

A spin-off of the award-winning TV series Silk, following the adventures, mishaps and dilemmas of the clerks at Shoe Lane chambers

Inspired by Peter Moffat’s popular BBC One show, Silk, this compelling courtroom drama returns to Shoe Lane Chambers, but from a different perspective. Rather than focussing on the lawyers, it centres on the people who can make or break their careers – their clerks.

As Head Clerk Billy Lamb knows, the clerks’ room is the beating heart of a successful chambers. It’s the clerks who get the cases, distribute the work, and keep everything running smoothly. But all is not well in Billy’s little kingdom. When junior clerk Jake goes behind Billy’s back, he finds himself in the firing line, and his colleague, Bethany, also gets in hot water after unknowingly giving a must-win case to an under-performing barrister. And as Billy and Practice Manager Harriet Hammond conspire to oust each other, his deputy John is caught in the crossfire…

With pressure mounting following cuts to Legal Aid, Billy realises that the chambers is on the brink of financial collapse. But his wheeler-dealing creates unease, and before long he’s at loggerheads with his star-performing barrister and vying for control of the clerks’ room. Running out of options, he turns to an unscrupulous solicitor to secure a guaranteed income – but time is running out to save Shoe Lane…

Written by Mick Collins, who was series consultant for Season 2 of Silk, and award-winning playwright Janice Okoh, these captivating dramas feature the same core characters from the TV show’s clerks’ room: Billy (Neil Stuke), Jake (Theo Barklem-Biggs), Bethany (Amy Wren), John (John Macmillan) and Amy (Jessica Henwick).

Production credits
Written by Mick Collins and Janice Okoh
From an original idea by Mick Collins and Janice Okoh
Inspired by the BBC One series Silk, created by Peter Moffat
Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko
Executive producer: Hilary Salmon

Cast
Jake – Theo Barklem-Biggs
Billy – Neil Stuke
Amy – Jessica Henwick
John – John Macmillan
Bethany – Amy Wren
Chris – Anthony Welsh
Jury Forewoman/Rebecca – Carolyn Pickles
Tannoy/Lisa – Priyanga Burford
Mr Lewis – Charles Edwards
Harriet – Miranda Raison
Mrs Adjoran – Flaminia Cinque
Ms Spoons – Tracy Wiles
Official – Matthew Watson
Sara – Jeany Spark
Neville – Sean Murray
Rose – Alex Tregear
Anthony – Mark Edel-Hunt
Ray/Usher – David Hounslow
Lee – Josef Altin
Lucy – Amelia Lowdell
Paul – Chris Pavlo
Judge/Stephen/Shop Owner – David Acton
Judges – Michael Bertenshaw, Steve Toussaint, Jessica Turner, Stephen Critchlow

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 1-15 April 2014 (Series 1), 3-5 August 2015 (Series 2)

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