All 14 episodes of the legal sitcom about a group of barristers who never let justice get in the way of making money.
John Fuller-Carp, the Machiavellian head of chambers at Forecourt Buildings, is determined to become a QC and will perform almost any moral contortion to achieve his goal.
When left-wing Ruth Quirke, rumoured to be a High Court judge’s daughter, applies to join his chambers, Fuller-Carp’s imagination goes into overdrive and promotion seems inevitable. However, his attempts to project a ‘New Labour’ image cut no ice with Ruth, and the two are soon at each other’s throats. Fortunately, his partner Hilary Tripping is much easier to manage (if somewhat ineffectual) and his clerk Vince, though deeply dodgy, is happy to put his criminal contacts and underworld cunning at Fuller-Carp’s disposal.
In these three series, he ends up on the wrong side of the law, is embarrassed over animal rights, tries to join the Masons and gets embroiled in a bet with a rival barrister. Meanwhile, Ruth gets a job as a ‘Legal Eagle’ on breakfast telly, decides to adopt a baby and fakes a family for a client while Fuller-Carp fiddles the books. And when a legal firm invites John, Ruth and Hilary on a team-building outward-bound weekend, disaster ensues….
Clive Coleman’s sitcom set in perhaps the country’s least spectacular law chambers stars John Bird as John Fuller-Carp, with James Fleet as Hilary Tripping and Lesley Sharp and Sarah Lancashire as Ruth Quirke. Among the guest stars are Peter Serafinowcz, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Rebecca Front.
Written by Clive Coleman
Produced by Paul Schlesinger
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 17th April-15th May1996 (Series 1), 11th May-8th June 1998 (Series 2), 9th-30th March 1999 (Series 3)
Starring John Bird and Sarah Lancashire