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'Justice'
(Robert Pugh, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / BFS Entertainment)

Overview: After 40 years away from his hometown, Judge Patrick Coburn (Robert Pugh - Robin Hood) has returned to Dovefield, Liverpool (Northern England) to take charge of the innovative Public Justice Centre. No ordinary court, the PJC does away with wigs and wood paneling and takes a problem-solving approach to crime, drugs and anti-social behavior in an unloved part of a tough and suspicious town.

DVD Verdict: Brand new British drama 'Justice' may not exactly be heartwarming to watch, given its grey palate, its cloudy skies, and it's sombre lead character, but when it takes us inside the Dovefield Public Justice Centre in Liverpool you get an instant sense that the show will definitely tell it like it is, pull no punches, and reveal a series that deservedly was hailed in the UK as "inspiring".

As the opening scenes unfol, we discover that the centre has only just opened its doors and Judge Paddy Coburn (who is returning to his home town after 40 years away) is already finding the going tough. Not only are the public not keen on the idea of the centre, but neither are the media.

Coburn soon realises though that the centre is a major leap forward and an attempt to bring a new angle to tackling the crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour that is rife in the town. As we quickly see, Judge Coburn can send offenders to prison like any other judge – but he also has a range of unconventional programmes at his disposal. Such as community reparation projects, educational workshops and drug treatment.

Indeed, a major part of Judge Coburn’s team is probation officer Joe Gateacre, and one of his go-to sources is local journo Louise Scanlon. A woman who is always doing her best to make the centre headline news. That said, as there always has to be one, local bad boy Jake Little is a constant thorn in Judge Coburn's side, and continually proves problematic for hime.

As always, a high standard is maintained with this latest BBC Daytime offering. It features strong casting and scripts that bring depth to a character and a town in need of him. Could I see it on BBC America, yes, for sure - just! I mean, yers it could quite easily stand up as a prime time drama on said TV channel, but not on a regular joe channel, sadly. It's just too slow a build for a lot of Americans to grip on to. The five episodes are: This Town / Like Father, Like Son / There But for the Grace... / The Secret's Out / Last Call for Love. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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