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Masterpiece Theatre: The Jury (Disc 1 of 3) (2002)
Starring: Stuart Bunce, Gerard Butler, Sonnell Dadral, John Duttine, Nicholas Farrell, Fiona Gillies, Leo Gregory, Derek Jacobi, Tiana Paige Johnson, Michael Maloney, Neil Maskell, Helen McCrory, Antony Sher
Director: Pete Travis
Category: Drama, Television
Studio: Goldhil
139 mins



Is Duvinder guilty? Or is he innocent? Share the tension and the excitement as the jury decides.

John Maher (Billy Scott) lay dead in the grass, the victim of 28 well-placed stab wounds. A stolen sword coated in blood lands near the 15 year-old schoolboy's body. It's clearly a case of unrestrained vengeance. John's Sikh schoolmate, Duvinder Singh (Sonnell Dadral), hated him. Hated him enough to commit murder. A horrendous, premeditated murder in cold blood. Or so we're told.

We're also told this gentle, intelligent boy is incapable of killing. He's innocent. Chilling suspense fills The Jury as the highly publicized trial pits Sikh and Anglo communities against each other. Logic against intuition. Pride against shame. The jurors must decide what side they're on-both inside the courtroom, and outside.

Award-winning actor Sir Derek Jacobi (Gosford Park; Gladiator; I, Claudius) stars as George Cording, QC (queen's council). As Duvinder's lawyer, he must convince the jury of the young boy's innocence in the face of compelling evidence that suggests otherwise. Cording knows his only hope is to confront the evidence head on and expose a scathing case of prejudice. His powers of persuasion have never been sharper.

Gerald Lewis QC (esteemed actor Sir Antony Sher, Shakespeare In Love, Alive & Kicking, Superman II) can be arrogant-he's entitled. After all, his witness saw blood on the accused's shirt. His witness saw an agitated Duvinder running away. His witness found the body. an impassioned relating of the events will certainly bring the guilty verdict Lewis demands.