The Jury is a British Series aired on ITV in 2002, and a second season aired in 2011. A courtroom drama series, both seasons dealt with an ongoing murder trial at the Old Bailey in Useful Notes/London, focusing on the twelve jurors summoned to try the defendants, the defendants themselves, and the attorneys defending or prosecuting them.
The first season focused around the trial of Duvinder Singh (Sonnell Dadral), a Sikh, accused of murdering his classmate John Maher for bullying him. Defending Duvinder is George Cording (Derek Jacobi), while Gerald Lewis (Antony Sher) represents the crown.
Members of the jury include recovering alcoholic Johnnie Donne (Gerard Butler); former vicar Charles Gore (Stuart Bunce), who is having a Crisis of Faith; lonely pensioner Elsie Beamish (Sylvia Sims) who faces a terminal illness; Rose Davies (Helen McCrory), who is in an abusive marriage; Marcia Thomas (Nina Sosanya), who has to leave her young daughter with her estranged mother; Jeremy Crawford (Nicholas Farrell), whose family is recovering from major fraud; and instinctive foreman Peter Segal (Michael Maloney), whose neutral opinion is threatened by the influential words of his father-in-law. The series focused on racial prejudice and bullying in various forms.
The second season, released in 2011, with only a handful of the jurors getting focus. The season focused on the re-trial of Alan Lane (John Lynch), previously convicted of murdering three women he had relationships with. Due to insufficient evidence, Lane undergoes prosecution again with a new jury to decide his fate. However, it appears someone connected to the victims plots to rig the trial to get justice.
Amongst the jurors include Paul Brierly (Steven Mackintosh), who cares for his ill mother; Rashid Jarwar (Aqib Khan), who has Aspergers syndrome and becomes obsessed with the previous trial; Sudanese refugee Tahir Takana (Ivanno Jeremiah) who wants to become an American citizen to reunite with his brother, and is aided by fellow juror, retiree Jeffrey Livingstone (Ronald Pickup); and Katherine Bulmore (Johdi May), a Hot Teacher who slept with a student and faces the consequences. Representing Alan Lane is Emma Watts (Julie Walters), while prosecuting him is John Mallory (Roger Allam). The season also has an ongoing subplot about the abolition of trial-by-jury.
This series provides examples of:
- Alas, Poor Villain: John Maher's father, who believed in the court system and disliked his surviving sons trying to intimidate the jurors to rig the trial. When Duvinder is found innocent, he plots to assassinate him at the airport, but can't go through with it, eventually Driven to Suicide.
- The Alcoholic: Johnnie is a recovering one.
- Amoral Attorney: All of the QCs are required to uphold this, though Councillor Lewis seems a little, openly racist towards Duvinder and Sikhism in general. Emma Watts is quite controversial, snappy, and insulting towards witnesses for the prosecution.
- Ax-Crazy: A psychopath in season one is set up as a potential suspect that murdered John Maher. But, he is was never put on trial or considered as a suspect by police, despite a history of violence.
- The Baroness: Eva, one of two jurors in the first season, to keep their guilty verdict til the end. She is more of the Rosa Klebb type of this trope, speaking in a classic Russian accent, and is quite icy and unreasonable.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tasha Williams tries to rig Alan Lane's two trials to get him jailed. She lies to Paul that she was the foreman of the first trial and just wants true justice to prevail. It turns out she is the sister of one of Lane's apparent victims, and she amongst other family members were plotting to use Lane as a scapegoat to get justice to heal their grief, regardless if he is innocent or guilty.
- Bittersweet Ending: Season one only. Elsie dies from a tumour, and Peter is left wondering if Duvinder was guilty all along.
- Black Best Friend: Tahir to Jeffrey.
- Bully Brutality: A major theme in the first season, examining various types of bullying. Duvinder was bullied by John Maher and apparently murdered him in retaliation. Rose is unintentionally bullied by her husband, John's family intimidate the jurors, Peter is harassed by his father-in-law to condemn Duvinder, etc.
- Bully Hunter: Duvinder's implied motive for murdering John Maher.
- Cool Old Guy: Jeffrey, a laidback retiree, who decides to help Tahir get to America.
- Cool Sword: The weapon Duvinder apparently used to kill John Maher.
- Corrupt Cop: Duvinder's prison guard beats him. George Cording accuses the police officers who arrested Duvinder of being racist.
- Courtroom Episode: The basis of the series.* Deadpan Snarker: Just about all of the attorneys, particularly Emma Watts.
- Driven to Suicide: John Maher's father shoots himself at the end of the 2002 series after Duvinder is found innocent.
- Eagleland: Tahir at first sees America as this, but mostly because his brother lives there. Changes his mind when he realises his brother is not thrilled to hear from him, and he becomes a British citizen instead.
- Fantastic Racism: A key theme in the first season, examining whether or not Sikhism is a violent, barbaric religion or if this is just the view of racist individuals who do not understand the culture of the faith. Duvinder is often abused by John Maher's family and the police, and not just because he may or may not have murdered Maher.
- Genius Cripple / Handicapped Badass: 18-year old Rashid suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, but his illness proves to help him focus on every detail of Alan Lane's trial and discovers Tasha has been fooling Paul.
- Hot Teacher: Katherine is quite the looker. Enough to elope with a seventeen year old boy.
- Immigrant Patriotism: Averted, Tahir hated Sudan and with good reason. Likes America and the UK instead.
- Jerkass: Rose's husband Len, Peter's father-in-law, and, to an extent, John Maher's family (but with good reason), since they try to threaten the jurors in condemning Duvinder.
- Jury and Witness Tampering: Happens in both seasons, where loved ones of the victims try to rig the trial to get a guilty verdict. Season one saw John Mayer's brothers trying to intimidate the jurors into voting guilty. Their father discourages this, having faith in the system.
- The second season had Tasha Williams and other loved ones of the victims trying to turn Alan Lane into a scapegoat, in order to be free of their own grief. And they rig the trial twice.
- Jury Duty: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Twelve jurors, over two seasons, are summoned to the Old Bailey in London to decide on the fate of two accused murderers.
- Juror For A Day: Lucy Cartwright is forced to act as her boss Theresa Vestry when the latter cannot attend jury service herself. This goes on throughout the whole second series without the duo getting caught.
- Kangaroo Court: Nearly turns into this in the second series thanks to Tasha's meddling.
- Love Hurts: A variety of characters suffer this. Rose is in an abusive marriage, Katherine is impregnated by a teenager, and Alan Lane has a string of bad relationships where the three women were all murdered, and he was charged for it. All get happy endings by the end of their stories.
- Manipulative Bitch: Tasha, although she was a Well-Intentioned Extremist and Affably Evil.
- Meddling Parents: Peter's father-in-law becomes involved in solving the trial of Duvinder, leading to Peter questioning his final decision to set Duvinder free.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: The first season's prosecutor Gerald Lewis shows traits of this against Sikhism.
- Psychopathic Manchild: The homicidal maniac who may have been the true killer of John Maher.
- The Quiet One: Duvinder is very quiet throughout his trial.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: John Maher's family want Duvinder imprisoned or dead, attacking several jurors to try and force their hand.
- Tasha's vengeance in the second series is subtle and long. But it turns out to have been aimed at an innocent man, the victims' families
- Sassy Black Woman: Marcia and her mother.
- Shipper on Deck: Brian Bundy points out the lonely woman Ann has feelings for Alan. This is confirmed by the end of the series.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Katherine's arc in the second season. A secondary school teacher, Katherine was having sex wtih a seventeen year old but fell pregnant, which really shouldn't come as a surprise.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Katherine and a 17-year old boy have one, resulting in Katherine getting pregnant.
- Unwitting Pawn: Both Alan Dale and Paul are manipulated by Tasha to ease the pain of the loved ones of Season 2's victims. Alan was merely framed due to being connected to the victims, whilst Paul was given false information to convict him.
- The Vicar: Charles, at first no longer a clergyman, but by the end of the series he has become a priest.