And it started promisingly enough. Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) is now a QC, attaining the status ahead of her rival in chambers Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones), setting up a nice bit of conflict.
With the addition of the fabulous Frances Barber as a prosecuting barrister with a great collection of one-liners and a rebellious streak outside of the courtroom, the prospects of a great second outing were looking even better.
But then… guess who tipped up? Phil bleeding Davis. I thought it might be a one-off appearance, but judging from the first episode and the trailer for the second, it seems he’s destined to be not just a regular, but quite possibly pivotal in the story arc.
I’ve nothing against Phil Davis per se – he’s a British TV and movie stalwart. Love his work with Mike Leigh.
Phil Davis and Rupert Penry-Jones back together again, so soon after the last series of Whitechapel?
I think it’s fair to assume in the great Venn diagram of TV crime drama audiences, there’s a whopping great overlap of Whitechapel and Silk viewers. The appearance of Phil Davis as a new character in Silk to play alongside his old mucker Rupert smacks of brilliant agenting (check IMDB for the many films/TV progs the man will be appearing in this year and next) and/or lazy casting.
As a viewer I feel insulted by the thoughtless choice. So much so, I’m not sure I can continue to watch. Which is a real shame – I’ve pretty much loved everything Maxine Peake’s been in since that fabulous Southbank Show profile of her at RADA was broadcast in 1996.
As Twink might say: Arseholes on toast.
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