Silk is a modern, fast-paced legal drama following the conflicts, passions and intrigues of criminal law, starring Maxine Peak (Little Dorrit) and Rupert Penry-Jones (The 39 Steps) as rival barristers with very different work styles. Written by Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice).
On this first episode Barrister Martha Costello is under pressure to win cases as she aspires to rise to the rank of Queen’s Counsel, also known as “taking Silk.” In an effort to boost her Silk application, Martha takes on challenging cases to prove her merit — and an ambitious student pupil. That Martha’s opposing counsel in a major case is Clive, a rival barrister in her chambers, complicates matters further. Will Martha be able to satisfy both the personal and the professional demands placed on her?