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BBC Four’s The Prosecutors failed to deliver

A chance to reveal the real workings of the CJS has been wasted by something resembling The Office, writes John Cooper QC

29 March 2016

Eating a pizza (there was nothing else that took my fancy on room service), I sat in a hotel room in Manchester the night before a court hearing. Papers read, pizza half-consumed, I flicked through the television schedules to see if there was anything worth watching. I ended up on BBC Four watching The Prosecutors.

Now, it is always fun watching people you know on the television, indulging in friendly banter about Brian Altman QC's new wig, and the am dram-acted case analysis segments with Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers was harmless fun - which anyone who ventures in front of a camera puts themselves forward for - but, beyond this, what played out before me caused real concern.

I know what the important purposes of a television programme are: they are to entertain, engage, and hopefully inform. Of course The Prosecutors was not intended as a lecture upon how the system works, but I pres...

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