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  • Summary: Barristers Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) and Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones) at the Shoe Lane Chambers firm each want to be appointed as queen's counsel. [Originally aired on BBC1 between 11 Feb 2011 and 11 Mar 2011]
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Aug 30, 2013
    80
    Moffat and his very deep bench of talented performers create characters that defy expectation and grow in complexity with each episode.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    The performances for the most part fill in some credibility gaps in how the characters are written.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Aug 23, 2013
    75
    [A] sure-footed legal drama. [2 Sep 2013]
  4. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Aug 23, 2013
    70
    With the second and third episodes ever more predictable, and, not least, with Martha's character gone flat under the weight of a preening righteousness. If bad scriptwriting were a prosecutable offense, Ms. Peake might have a case here. Still, episode one of Silk is smartly written and highly entertaining--a treat, in short, and at two hours a sumptuous one.
  5. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Aug 30, 2013
    70
    Its few glaring missteps aside, it's a thoughtful, rewarding drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 23, 2013
    40
    Ms. Peake is excellent as Costello, but the character, and the show, feel so rigged and inauthentic that even her skilled work can’t make the case for our sticking around.