The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist

DVD - 2014
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"Revolves around Will Burton, a talented junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm who specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He is in high demand as he has never lost a case. But when his talents acquit the notorious prime suspect in an horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results, not to mention a shocking twist in the tale"--www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2014]
ISBN: 9781627890373
1627890378
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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MartineVK
Jun 18, 2017

As many people have commented before me, the plot is really implausible. Right at the start they say that David Tennant's character has never lost a case. Oh come on! Then there is a killer on the loose, his wife feels in danger but does nothing to safeguard herself. And more of that in a similar vein. This is SO insulting to the audience. It doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. Waste of talent all round.

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firefly5
Aug 18, 2016

Excellent three part series. Recommended watching!

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ptgfts
Jul 23, 2016

A waste of talent, David Tennant, and a waste of time on an implausible plot that grew more unlikely the longer it went on. The ending is just ridiculous

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bitsysmom
Jul 13, 2016

Another good BBC production. I enjoyed it.

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chogs
Jan 18, 2016

Enjoyed it but ridiculously implausible....

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empbee
Jan 16, 2016

The written law, the twisted law versus justice. An excellent drama that makes you reflect on the rights and wrongs and vanity of professionals.

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Janice21383
Jan 12, 2016

A British courtroom drama with a vigilante twist; and about as hot as that sounds. Unless you've never seen TV crime stories before, and/or are a David Tennant fan, watch Rumpole of the Bailey instead. Escape Artist is full of the kind of tired writing designed to drag out this two-hour story to three hours, or to get it to the point where the viewer is supposed to believe that the law is useless and murder is justified. SPOILERS BELOW: For example, why does a hot-shot barrister, who has never lost a case, never consider that a defendant might make bail, and prepare for that possibility? Why does this same barrister and two people he should not legally be meeting with, choose to meet in a public shopping mall, not just once, but multiple times? Why should a defense insinuation that the DNA evidence is contaminated (a defense that should have been disclosed to the prosecution) enough to throw out all of said evidence, without a prosecution rebuttal? Why was the improperly disclosed evidence of the boots enough to force the judge to order the jury to give a "not guilty" verdict, instead of simply declaring a mistrial and starting again? Why didn't the highly experienced prosecutor know it was improper evidence? And on and on, including: why oh why the child with convenient amnesia?

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talktimereader
Dec 24, 2015

This is an imaginative and gripping story. Well acted. Loved David Tennant and Sophie Okonedo was fascinatingly dangerous.

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Lavenderseas
Oct 25, 2015

David Tennant is great, the story is good another great PBS mystery! Recommend if you like the British mystery genre

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MeReneG
Jul 27, 2015

Wow. Very well done 3-part drama, with lots of suspense and twists, including and an O'Henry ending. Nice change from conventional US-focused crime procedurals. // Tennant does a terrific job transitioning from high-flying lawyer to seemingly powerless victim.

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jimg2000
Nov 25, 2014

Will: We may dislike Mr Foyle. We do not have to like him to defend him. I don't do things for exposure. Why then? Everyone deserves a defence.

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jimg2000
Nov 25, 2014

Will: It's all right. No! It's me, it's me, it's me.
Maggie: Jesus. You were half a second away from an eye patch.
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Will: He claimed his innocence and I spoke for him. I lawyered him out of it, that's all.
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Maggie: Mr Burton, when a jury convicts, is it beyond all doubt? Is... Is that the term?
Will: Reasonable doubt. Beyond reasonable doubt.
Maggie: Now let's have a think about what might be reasonable ...

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