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Justice

(1971-73)

Margaret Lockwood, one of British cinema's greatest stars, takes on the role of a no-nonsense female barrister in this outstanding series from the makers of classic legal drama The Main Chance.

Intuitive, adept and deeply conscientious, Harriet Peterson possesses a steely determination and the tenacity to fight hard for her clients. But she is not infallible - and a turbulent personal life occasionally spills over into her professional life as she takes cases ranging from child custody battles to murder, medical negligence to treason. This first series sees Harriet making the move from the north of England to London.

Executive producer Peter Willes marshalled key members of the Main Chance team, including legal consultant John Batt and writers Edmund Ward and James Mitchell, to create a rigorously researched and compelling courtroom drama. This set comprises both Justice and the single Screenplay drama which preceded it, Justice Is a Woman - also starring Lockwood as barrister Julia Stanford, who defends a young man accused of rape and murder.

DVD Features:

  • 11 hour and 40 minutes

Series 2

The second series featured guest appearances by Brian Blessed, Michael Elphick, Paul Eddington and Angela Thorne, among many others.

Having recently left the northern court circuit, Harriet is still finding her feet in London and, while tackling a typically diverse and challenging set of cases, finds herself facing the ultimate dilemma: the choice between her career and the wishes of the man she loves.

Series 3

Introducing charming, ambitious young barrister James Eliot - played by Anthony Valentine - this third and final series also included guest appearances by Anton Rodgers, Barbara Shelley and future Gentle Touch lead Jill Gascoine, among others.

Harriet Peterson is intuitive, tenacious and highly principled - qualities that have helped her succeed spectacularly in a world still largely dominated by men. But while Harriet's commitment to her profession remains undiminished through a range of typically challenging cases, her personal life grows ever more complicated... and this time, it seems there's no going back.