Silk-Series 2 (2012)

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Released 19-Jul-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 348:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Catherine Morshead
Michael Offer
Peter Hoar
Alice Troughton

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Maxine Peake
Rupert Penry-Jones
Neil Stuke
Philip Davis
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI ? Music Dru Masters

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Not to be mistaken for the recent film of the same name, Silk is a BBC television drama series set in a barrister chambers in the English legal system. It is somewhat similar to both Rumpole of the Bailey and North Square. Probably more like the second than the first, especially considering that Rupert Penry-Jones played a leading character in both North Square and this series. This is the second series of the show which heightens the link to North Square by the addition of Philip Davis to the cast as solicitor Mickey Joy. Davis played the chief clerk in North Square.

     The lead character is this case a female criminal law barrister, Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) who is one of the senior barristers in the chambers. She runs a line between acting like a barrister and caring more about her cases than her colleagues. Now at the beginning of Series 2 she has been made a QC or 'silk' but her colleague Clive Reader (Penry-Jones) missed out. Their chief clerk who runs the office and ensures they are kept busy with legal work is Billy Lamb (Neil Stuke) who also does a fine line in manipulation of his barristers. Each episode generally includes one free standing legal case in which one or more of them represents a client or prosecutes. Three characters from series one have been dropped, Kate Brockman and both the young students. This helps to focus the show more on the leading characters and also heightens the dramatic tensions. The cases are grittier and more interesting.

     This is an entertaining legal drama with some interesting character interplay and intrigues to add to the mix. This second season improves on the already strong first and makes me hope that more seasons are in the works.

    Recommended for fans of the legal drama genre.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good, an improvement on Season 1.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout although was affected by some mild graininess. Shadow detail was quite good.

     The colour is very good but a little blotchy at times.

     Other than those mentioned above the only artefact was some minor aliasing.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which were clear and easy to read.

     There is no obvious layer change during the episodes.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     The audio quality is good.

     This discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. The sound is obviously quite front focused.

    Dialogue was generally easy to understand throughout although the subtitles were useful.

     The music sounds good and fits the show well.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use





     The menu featured music and motion.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This show is available in the UK in the same format.


     An improved second season of this legal drama series from the BBC.

     The video quality is very good.

     The audio quality is good.

     No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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