Silk (Series 3, Episode 6) – The End



So, that’s your lot. Three series of six episodes each, 18 hours of tv in total, and ‘Silk’ bows out. As it does not appear to have been planned (at the time of making) to be the final finale, will everything be wrapped up nicely?



Last week, unusually, the major plot line of the Court part of the episode wasn’t wrapped up in one hour. The major part of this was the murder trial of Sean MacBride.

We left as Sean was having a fight with Clive (who has left the case as a result). The trial carries on with only two silks from Shoe Lane. And then one, as Caroline went AWOL at a crucial time, leaving Amy to take one of the main police officers in chief. Everyone is getting a bit tense and rattled. And Martha keeps making speeches. And the witnesses are over-acting. By a third of the way through it’s turned into a slagging match between everyone in Court.

And as with all good courtroom dramas, there’s a late rabbit out of the hat – here, the gun has turned up in very suspicious circumstances. But it does mean Martha gets a snog. This, however, perks Martha’s brain and she spots a way of proving the bent copper is a bent copper. The bent copper has learnt from Martha and decides the best form of defence when asked difficult questions is to make speeches.

Micky Joy popped up in prison last week, and this week he took more of a centre stage, as the miserable sage of the legal world, with a slight touch of the Mystic Megs.

The two plotlines inevitably inter-twine and get even more silly. I won’t go into to much of that, for fear of spoilers.

Shoe Lane we have :

  1. Who’s going to be head of chambers?
  2. Will Amy Lang be a tenant?
  3. What’s going to happen to Amy’s complaint of sexual harassment?
  4. And finally, and most importantly, what’s going to happy to Billy?

There’s a Star Chamber in full swing, during which Billy’s diagnosis becomes public knowledge. It seems that that has saved the day for him, and it’s all one happy family.

As to who is the next head of chambers? My vote would have gone to Caroline, not just because she’s awesome, but because I’d trust her more on the future of the bar (ie, there is none). Clive wants to turn Shoe Lane into a prosecution only set. Martha is, for once, speechless.

I won’t give you the answers to the four questions above, you’ll have to just watch it and see.



The court room parts were even sillier, the personal drama is still tight though. We will go into more detail with a review of the whole show, to properly put Silk to bed. It deserves that at least. In short though, the Court part got adrift really in Series 3, but the drama part was still there.


Legal inconsistencies :

  • If Sean had actually had a fight with Clive, Martha would probably have had to withdraw as well. Actually, she would have had to withdraw at some stage along this plotline.
  • There is absolutely no way a barrister would sit in a cell with the client and ask her client, half way through a trial, whether he had done the deed. That would be inviting an answer she did not want to hear.
  • Martha (even though she is a silk) would have been stopped long before the end of her cross-examination of the gun expert. She has got a good point about the statistical database. Mind you, Ms Buchan would also have been pushing for a night in the cells.
  • Martha seems to have given up cross-examining and is just making speeches most of the time – she wouldn’t get away with that…
  • …but then if the police officer said what he did about Sean being the guiltiest man in Britain, all hell would break loose. As would also happen if the police officer didn’t tell anyone about the gun being found. Yes, evidence comes to light during the trial, but there still has to be prior notification to the defence. Ditto with Micky Joy’s evidence. And the jacket.
  • The whole plotline about the way that Amy’s complaint was dealt with is so silly that I won’t even go into the problems there…
  • But Amy having £53,000 of debt is, sadly, not at all implausible.
  • All Chambers I know of would have a secret ballot for deciding who the head of chambers is.
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7 thoughts on “Silk (Series 3, Episode 6) – The End

  1. katesjc6189

    Reblogged this on Supporting UK Justice: For the Defence! by a layman and commented:
    The Silk Finale which I managed to comment on on Twitter. You DON’T go for Re-Examination unless you can possibly help it. You DON’T lose all sense of perspective in the Courtroom. Martha Costello QC performance. All I wanted was to protect her. Put my arms around her and see her restore her sense of Professional Pride. Keep a lid on the affections. Stop her from going wrong. It was horrible to watch her disintegration.
    Dan Bunting a regular CBA Blogger does a magnficent job commentary wise. I shall just add as I have stated in previous Posts that we can all collectively get behind John Cooper QC as our de facto Writer in Residence and see if we can hit the General Pubiic with fabulous Legal Drama. I also think the #SaveuKJustice Campaign needs to capitalize on the #BBCSilkCensorship and milk it for all it is worth to all Silks 9m fans.

  2. Jason

    I know this is a fictional television show and these people don’t actually exist, but Clive going off to screw Harriet (presumably) within hours of learning that Billy IS GOING TO DIE was nothing short of sociopathic.

  3. clueless

    I know this is not a main concern here, and I think I’m a bit – or very – slow, not in general, but when it comes to storylines, but can anyone tell me, why were Mickey, Billy and Clive talking about protecting Martha and it being in her interest when it comes to providing the gun and the jacket, especially since Mickey seems to believe that Sean did not kill Jimmy. Would the Monk family have possibly harmed Martha if Sean got free? And why did they have to bug Martha’s office? A reply would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Linda M

    Doesn’t do much for “British Justice” does it, this last one of the last series of “Silk”? I hope someone is going to appeal at least at Sean’s sentence (in a TV make believe land perhaps); the surreal ending made anything anybody say previously surreal, too. If I had been a juror I would have had to say “there was reasonable doubt” about the whole evidence, wouldn’t you?
    Thanks for the comments made on what would happen in reality under British law.


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