Silk-Series 3 (2014)

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Released 8-Oct-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time 354:00
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 $39.95 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 third and last series of the show which concluded in a storm of controversy from viewers in the UK. Was it a good idea or a really bad one, viewers are split on the topic. In my view, it doesn't completely make sense but is also a thought provoking and intriguing way to conclude.

     The lead character is this series is 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 3 she has been a QC or 'silk' for a while and her colleague/possibly lover 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. Some new characters are introduced in the series including a new office manager and the drama is driven by the individual cases but also plots which run across the six episodes such a fatal illness, romance, a new young barrister's sexual harassment claims and more. This season continues to be focused on the three leading characters, their relationships and challenges. The cases are gritty and interesting including an old friend of Martha accused of murder, a terrorism extradition case and the son of the head of chambers being accused of murdering a policeman.

     This is an entertaining legal drama with some interesting character interplay and intrigues to add to the mix. This third season is good quality drama and it is a shame that the show has now concluded.

     Recommended for fans of the legal drama genre.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good.

     The series 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 with no obvious issues to report.

     Other than those mentioned above the only artefact was some minor aliasing which was more significant in the final episode.

     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.

     These 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.


    A controversial conclusion to this quality 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?)
Monday, September 22, 2014
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 amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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