Judge John Deed

UKTV – Mondays from 4 January, 9.30pm

When his court is in session, controversy is never far behind. Can Deed’s unrelenting idealism eventually lead to ultimate justice? Or is his rebellious nature doing more harm than good?

For Judge John Deed, following the letter of the law can be tricky when the courtroom is clouded with conspiracy, heartbreak and scandal. A passion for doing right often leaves Deed at odds with his colleagues, family and lover – is all fair in the pursuit of justice?

In Series Five, the cases are as tough as ever for Deed. On being sent to The Hague as a representative at the International Criminal Court, Judge John Deed finds himself trying a young soldier for war crimes in Iraq. Ironically Deed finds himself defending the British Government. Then he discovers that the Government has allowed the young soldier to stand trial as a trade off to appease a radical Shia Muslim cleric. With his increasingly dangerous militia, the cleric is struggling for control in a country without effective government. Deed uncovers military and government secrets that have far-reaching implications.

Deed also faces another difficult and highly sensitive dilemma when Jo Mills asks him to reopen the case of a soldier who was damaged by vaccines given to him by the Army and later committed suicide. She wants to know why his Government-funded Legal Aid was withdrawn. Deed risks causing a constitutional crisis when he decides the only way to win justice for the deceased’s family is to accuse the original judge of bias. Then as he delves deeper into the case and makes several sinister discoveries, forces move to stop him any way they can, with shocking consequences.

Starring: Martin Shaw (Apparitions, Death in Holy Orders, A & E) and Jenny Seagrove (Zoe, A Woman of Substance).

8:30pm Saturday, December 19 on Prime

Drama

During a reality TV show one contestant, in an explosion of stress-filled anger, kills another on camera. Judge John Deed hears the trial of the producers, who are charged with manslaughter when it’s discovered that psychologists profiled contestants to find those with ‘the most entertaining flashpoints’.

Meanwhile, the judge is pushing for a police enquiry into the death of Rufus Barron. But as the judge gets closer to the truth, the armaments manufacturer, Sir Tim Listfield, is provoked into more extreme measures. An attempted assassination leaves Jo Mills in a coma. Listfield is arrested, but will Jo recover?

8:35pm Saturday, December 12 on Prime

Drama

Deed presides over a civil action against a waste incinerator company accused of damaging the health of the community. Jo Mills fears she is losing the case for the distraught parents and their damaged child, when it’s discovered that the company deliberately hid a design fault that caused the pollution.

Meanwhile, Rufus Barron provides evidence that the Home Secretary accepted a bribe on a defence contract. But when the evidence goes missing Neil Haughton insists Deed is impeached – will he have to step down?

8:35pm Saturday, December 5 on Prime

Drama

Deed’s fling with a woman claimant in his court gets him into hot water. His brother judges are appalled, and Deed finds himself exiled to Warwick.

Meanwhile, Jo is sitting as a judge in a trial in which a company secretary is accused of stealing more than four million pounds from arms manufacturer, Sir Tim Listfield.

Allegations are made during the trial about senior politician Neil Haughton, the close friend of Deed’s former wife Georgina – Haughton is said to have taken bribes to over-pay on government defence work. When Jo is threatened, will Deed return from exile?

8:35pm Saturday, November 28 on Prime

Drama

Judge Deed presides over the murder trial of a prison inmate who killed a fellow prisoner. He claims that the victim was a known paedophile and he killed him ‘in the defence of others’, a defence that is normally used in moments of dire emergency or threat. Jo Mills argues that there was a pressing need for the accused to act, so he could protect other children that the victim might molest.

When Jo starts dating a man from South Africa, Deed flies into a jealous rage. However, when Jo announces that she is considering relocating there, Deed moves heaven and earth to stop her. But will he be successful?

8:35pm Saturday, November 21 on Prime

Drama

Menace and intimidation fill the air in Deed’s court when three young men are charged with shooting a rival gang member. The trial is soon in danger of collapsing when the main prosecution witness is killed in a hit and run. Then jurors go sick. The Home Secretary attempts to further his political agenda: jury-less trials. Deed is left with a tough choice – continue without a jury or abandon the trial. The Judge visits the jurors and tells them how much rests on their courage – will they return to court, allowing the trial to continue?

8:35pm Saturday, November 14 on Prime

Drama

John Deed is not your average High Court Judge. Fit, strong and quite the ladies’ man, he is the bane of his more traditional colleagues. Often eschewing the cold objectivity of his profession, he meets the challenges of the courtroom and his personal life head on, wearing his heart on his sleeve. While this may lead him into trouble, he must stick to ideological beliefs.

Outside the courtroom, Deed seems to lurch from one bad decision to the next. After an ill-judged affair with a claimant, Deed is almost debarred. But it is his relationship with long-term colleague and friend Jo Mills that troubles him the most.

EPISODE ONE: A young female solicitor asks Jo Mills if she’ll run the defence of a man who was arrested and charged with attempted murder sixteen years ago, then escaped custody. Jo is planning a sabbatical for domestic reasons, but when she learns that two of the detectives involved were also part of a case she lost at appeal, she’s drawn in.

Since being on the run the man has drastically changed his life and became a primary school teacher. He now alleges that four detectives put a plastic bag over his head to force him to sign a confession. Revelations about the defendant’s past are a shock to both his colleagues and the community. But Jo turns the tide for him and it soon becomes a trial of the detectives. How will Judge John Deed direct the jury and what will become of the detectives involved in the case?

SATURDAY 24th January

Deed is hesitant when Jo Mills asks him to re-open the case of a soldier who was damaged by vaccines given to him by the Army and later committed suicide. She wants to know why his Government-funded Legal Aid was withdrawn. 

Characteristically, Deed risks causing a constitutional crisis when he decides the only way to win justice for the deceased’s family is to accuse the original judge of bias.

As Deed delves deeper and deeper into why Government-funded Legal Aid was withdrawn for the soldier to sue the pharmaceutical company, he makes more and more sinister discoveries. It is then that the forces of reaction move to stop him any way they can, with shocking consequences.

Saturday 17th January

In this brand new series, Deed is in The Hague, hearing the case of a young British soldier who killed 11 Iraqi civilians and is now accused of war crimes. 

Meanwhile, Deed’s ruling on the case of an extreme-right-wing councillor has brought him to the attention of Muslim extremists, who dispatch a woman, Fran Pavley to kill him. 

When Fran meets Deed, he is not at all what she expects but she is determined to go through with her task. Will Deed realise that she is not all she seems?

As the war crimes case proceeds, Deed learns that the British soldier on

trial is being sacrificed as part of the Government’s overall exit

strategy. Deed faces the dilemma of whether to allow a miscarriage of justice to save the lives of many soldiers.

New Series: Judge John Deed

UKTV – Monday 15 October, 8.30pm

For Judge John Deed, following the letter of the law can be tricky when the courtroom is clouded with conspiracy, heartbreak and scandal. A passion for doing right often leaves Deed at odds with his colleagues, family and lovers – is all fair in the pursuit of justice? Controversial cases, pressure from high places, family problems and a broken heart; the eponymous judge has them all in the fourth series. In the courtroom, Deed presides over a murder that threatens to unmask the corruption of the prison service while the case of an animal rights activist accused of murdering a scientist brings him into direct conflict with his equally strong-willed daughter. Away from the wood-paneled walls of justice, Deed’s relationship with Jo Mills deteriorates when her former lover returns out of the blue. What will it take for justice to be served – in and out of the courtroom?

Stars: Martin Shaw (The Professionals and The Scarlet Pimpernel).