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Check out the picture gallery of the cast joining; Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke for a second series of courtroom drama ‘Silk’

Series 2 of popular courtroom drama Silk returns on Tuesday 15 May on BBC One at 9pm with a host of new characters joining the established cast of Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke.

Take a look at the picture gallery and introduction with writer Peter Moffat.

Introduction with Peter Moffat

“People are saying you only got silk because you’re a woman from up north and the Bar is trying to look less male and less posh.”

Martha Costello has got silk and it means the stakes are high at every trial she does.

She’s at the Old Bailey all the time, the cases matter more and her opponents are bigger beasts: from gangland murder to honour killings, heroin importations and an unlawful death in Afghanistan, every defendant she represents is up against it and all of them need her badly.

The pressure is on. I was thrilled to get the chance to write more about this set of characters – the barristers and the clerks room. The politics gets meatier, more complex and more dangerous, there’s more sex and one great big personal story looks like it might change Shoe Lane forever.

New cast members Frances Barber, Phil Davis, Indira Varma and Shaun Evans are heavyweight actors and seeing them alongside Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke is a gift for any writer.


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Images: BBC/Colin Hutton